Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com 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 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/live-broadcasts---hack-attack-highlightsThu, 12 Sep 2013 05:22:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/live-broadcasts---hack-attack-highlights100th 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/100th-british-championship-gets-startedWed, 31 Jul 2013 06:23:46 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/100th-british-championship-gets-startedKings 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/kings-place-rapidplay-strong-rapidplay-in-londonTue, 18 Jun 2013 04:42:31 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/kings-place-rapidplay-strong-rapidplay-in-londonLondon League finale! Drunken Knights vs Wood GreenOn 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/london-league-finale-drunken-knights-vs-wood-greenWed, 22 May 2013 04:11:57 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/london-league-finale-drunken-knights-vs-wood-greenA 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/a-little-knowledge-is-a-dangerous-thingTue, 23 Apr 2013 05:01:34 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/a-little-knowledge-is-a-dangerous-thingBritish 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. ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/british-blitz-championship---practiceSat, 20 Apr 2013 01:21:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/british-blitz-championship---practiceBunratty 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/bunratty-festival---reportThu, 07 Mar 2013 02:59:37 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/bunratty-festival---reportBunratty 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/bunratty-chess-festival---stronger-than-everWed, 27 Feb 2013 10:19:10 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/bunratty-chess-festival---stronger-than-everWhen 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/when-the-clearly-obvious-move-isnt-the-best-moveFri, 08 Feb 2013 08:50:01 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/when-the-clearly-obvious-move-isnt-the-best-moveWinning 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...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/winning-with-black---do-you-need-more-than-one-openingWed, 30 Jan 2013 09:53:20 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/winning-with-black---do-you-need-more-than-one-openingHastings Masters - a preview (also when (and when NOT) to sacrifice a pawn)!So, we're coming to the end of another year but more importantly we're coming to the start of another Hastings International Congress! This always starts on December 28th, with 1 round a day (yes, even on New Year's Day) until January 6th. It's th...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/hastings-masters---a-previewThu, 27 Dec 2012 05:08:23 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/hastings-masters---a-previewTime to actually play some chess! (London Classic FIDE Open)So, for most of the year (as you can probably tell from my other blog posts) I'm not a full-time chessplayer. Instead I'm a coach who dabbles in other things, writing occasional articles, blogs etc. That's all about to change - well, for the next...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/time-to-actually-play-some-chess-london-classic-fide-openFri, 30 Nov 2012 03:36:14 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/time-to-actually-play-some-chess-london-classic-fide-openCoaching at the WYCC and other news.So, it's been another busy month for me. As usual I've spent most of it coaching, but for two weeks rather than doing this in London I went as part of a large group to the World Youth Championships in Maribor, Slovenia. The England team consisted...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/coaching-at-the-wycc-and-other-newsWed, 28 Nov 2012 06:50:13 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/coaching-at-the-wycc-and-other-newsLeague chess in EnglandOne of the problems of being a full-time coach is that you don't actually get around to playing that much chess! Not that I'm complaining - I really do enjoy coaching - but it is nice to pick up the pieces in anger from time to time. As it happen...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/league-chess-in-englandWed, 31 Oct 2012 08:35:48 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/league-chess-in-englandIstanbul Olympiad, ConclusionI'd like to start by apologising for the amount of time it's taken my to write this final update - still, here it is and I hope you enjoy it! So we left it in my last blog after a disappointing 3-1 defeat of the Welsh women by Puerto Rico. After ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/istanbul-olympiad-conclusionTue, 09 Oct 2012 06:57:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/istanbul-olympiad-conclusionIstanbul Olympiad continued and the role of the Captain!So, we left off after Round 5 (and the Bermuda Party) and we rejoin to see the Welsh women facing a slightly higher ranked team from Uruguay. The match was hard fought, with all games ending decisively (in wins for Black): Bo. 86   Wales Rtg 2 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/istanbul-olympiad-continued-and-the-role-of-the-captainThu, 20 Sep 2012 10:34:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/istanbul-olympiad-continued-and-the-role-of-the-captainIstanbul Olympiad, Bermuda Party and Wales updateMy last blog entry ended with Wales women beating Malta 4-0 and then facing Italy in round 5. Well, the match vs Italy was very exciting. They outrated us by about an average of 350 points a board so it was always going to be tough. Still, after ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/istanbul-olympiad-bermuda-party-and-wales-updateWed, 05 Sep 2012 23:28:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/istanbul-olympiad-bermuda-party-and-wales-updateIstanbul Olympiad 2012, update!Time for an update from Istanbul. We arrived on Monday, the day before the first round and settled into our hotel. It's quite nice, with a swimming pool and air-conditioned rooms - the only downside is we're about 5km from the playing venue so we ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/istanbul-olympiad-2012-updateFri, 31 Aug 2012 23:52:59 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/istanbul-olympiad-2012-updateIstanbul Olympiad 2012 and other newsSo, here we are again - another two years have passed and it's time for the 2012 Chess Olympiad, this year held in Istanbul, Turkey. It's long been an ambition of mine to go to an Olympiad, after all it's the biggest collection of top chessplayer...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/istanbul-olympiad-2012-and-other-newsSun, 26 Aug 2012 05:47:05 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/istanbul-olympiad-2012-and-other-newsQuick PuzzleI played a couple of rapidplay games last night in the London Rapidplay league for West London. I managed to win my games and the team won 5-3 putting us in a strong position going into the last match of the season, which takes place next week.  ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/quick-puzzleThu, 16 Aug 2012 01:49:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Trendle/quick-puzzle