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    • Live Broadcasts - Hack Attack highlights!!

      Hi everyone - it's been a while since my last post but I hope you'll understand I've been fairly busy. I've started broadcasting for chess.com over on twitch.tv with a new show - "Hack Attack". The idea is a 2 hour show where I play a mixture of ... | Read More

      • IM Trendle
      • | Sep 12, 2013
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      • | 12 comments
    • 100th British Championship gets started!

      This week the 100th British Chess Championships got started, with many events taking place over the course of the next fortnight. The highlight is undoubtably the Championship itself with GM Gawain Jones returning as champion to defend his title a... | Read More

      • IM Trendle
      • | Jul 31, 2013
      • | 1267 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Kings Place Rapidplay! Strong rapidplay in London...

      Last Saturday Kings Place near Kings Cross played host to probably the strongest one day event London has held in decades. The format was a 6 round swiss with 30 minutes each to complete the game. 187 players took part, 67 in the top section inclu... | Read More

      • IM Trendle
      • | Jun 18, 2013
      • | 2358 views
      • | 3 comments
    • London League finale! Drunken Knights vs Wood Green

      On Monday night the biggest match of the London League season took place in The Plough - a pub right next to the British Museum.  Wood Green were multiple times defending champions, fielding a team of 7 GMs, 4IMs and 1 FM over the 12 boards. Dru... | Read More

      • IM Trendle
      • | May 22, 2013
      • | 2320 views
      • | 7 comments
    • A little knowledge is a dangerous thing...

      Obviously opening theory is important but if you don't keep up to date then it can sometimes do more harm than good. In the following game my opponent knew something about the opening but he wasn't aware of recent improvement for White and he ende... | Read More

      • IM Trendle
      • | Apr 23, 2013
      • | 2582 views
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    • British Blitz Championship - practice!

      Hi everyone. Just a quick blog post today. One of the big problems of playing many different types of chess (online bullet, blitz, rapid chess all the way up to a 'proper' 7 hour session) is that it can be hard to adjust to a new time control. ... | Read More

      • IM Trendle
      • | Apr 20, 2013
      • | 1521 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Bunratty Festival - Report!

      Last week I previewed the Bunratty Chess Festival which took place last weekend in the luxurious setting of the Bunratty Castle Hotel, in Ireland. The event, now in it's 20th year, continues to attract a very strong field due to it's legendary re... | Read More

      • IM Trendle
      • | Mar 7, 2013
      • | 1690 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Bunratty Chess Festival - stronger than ever!

      Tomorrow morning I'm off to Bunratty, Ireland, to play in the Bunratty Masters weekend event that starts on Friday evening. Not only is it one of (if not the) strongest weekenders in the British Isles but it's also a fantastic social occasion - an... | Read More

      • IM Trendle
      • | Feb 27, 2013
      • | 1093 views
      • | 9 comments
    • When the clearly obvious move isn't the best move!

      Regular readers of my blog will know that I was hoping to try out the Sicilian as Black last weekend at the Imperial College Congress in London. Sadly it didn't work out as in my two games as Black I faced 1.d4 The good news is that I did in fact... | Read More

      • IM Trendle
      • | Feb 8, 2013
      • | 1866 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Winning with Black - do you need more than one opening?

      This may not be an issue for all players - if your main opening is already something combative (like a Modern, Alekhine or Sicilian Najdorf) then you can probably play it against everyone. You may even have the opposite problem - that of needing a... | Read More

      • IM Trendle
      • | Jan 30, 2013
      • | 3338 views
      • | 13 comments