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 New SeasonIt's been a while. In fact, an entire season went by without me writing a blog post. But.... here we are and a new chess season is now underway. My aim is to play more regularly this season (I played 14 league matches last season) and I have made...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/new-seasonMon, 29 Sep 2014 15:50:45 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/new-seasonEnd of Season ReportWell, it's not quite the end of my season but for the team I captain, Daventry "A", it is the end of our adventure in Division One. As you'll no doubt recall (because you probably print out ALL of these blogs and have them framed) we survived our...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/end-of-season-reportFri, 19 Apr 2013 08:31:58 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/end-of-season-reportMission Accomplished!Daventry A 3 - 1 Solihull A Yes sportsfans, you saw it here first (or second if you have already checked out the LDCL website) It's official. Daventry will once again be playing Division 1 chess next season. It is now mathematically impossible fo...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/mission-accomplishedThu, 21 Mar 2013 06:52:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/mission-accomplishede2-e4 Buxton Congress, 15th - 17th March 2013Congresses run by an organisation called "e2-e4" have been held frequently throughout the UK since 2004. I have heard excellent reviews about these congresses and since two of my chess playing colleagues were attending, I decided to take the plung...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/e2-e4-buxton-congress-15th---17th-march-2013Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:15:42 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/e2-e4-buxton-congress-15th---17th-march-2013A win is a win is a winWednesday 6th March saw Daventry chess club at home vs Olton B in division one of the Leamington League. We had drawn 2-2 with them in the away match and so it was time to lay this ghost and also the ghost of the Leamington disaster to rest. As c...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/a-win-is-a-win-is-a-winSun, 10 Mar 2013 17:29:26 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/a-win-is-a-win-is-a-win4 NCL - Round 5 & 6Despite having chickened out of playing on the Saturday (I was supposed to be working but events conspired against me and I ended up over at the 4NCL venue anyway). That said, the team had been picked, I wasn't in it and I sat in the hotel foyer w...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/4-ncl---round-5-amp-6Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:51:24 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/4-ncl---round-5-amp-6Daventry A home to Leamington AThe following took place between 7.45pm and 10.45pm last Wednesday.....* Having butchered Leamington at their place earlier in the season by a huge 3.5 - 0.5 margin, we were confident of being able to take the spoils again (perhaps not by such a ...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/daventry-a-home-to-leamington-aMon, 25 Feb 2013 12:29:11 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/daventry-a-home-to-leamington-aDaventry A away to Olton ABefore I go into the minutae of just what a superb, crushing victory this was, I have to emphasise that Olton are historically the strongest and best team in the Leamington and District Chess League. They have won the first division title on many ...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/daventry-a-away-to-olton-aWed, 06 Feb 2013 05:04:27 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/daventry-a-away-to-olton-aOur Juniors Continue to ThriveI had the pleasure (misfortune?!) of being available last Saturday to assist with our juniors at the county championships. As ever, the kids behaviour was immaculate, with only four fire extinguishers being set off (just kidding!). We had a good...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/our-juniors-continue-to-thriveWed, 06 Feb 2013 04:40:39 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/our-juniors-continue-to-thrive4 NCL Season so far.....On the back of a spirited performance in last years' 4NCL (division 3 South) where we finished mid table, the Banbury Bulldogs have returned. To quickly re-cap, rounds 1 and 2 were held over the weekend of 3rd and 4th November 2012. We certainly ...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/4-ncl-season-so-farTue, 15 Jan 2013 08:14:01 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/4-ncl-season-so-farLeague UpdateOkay folks, I've been away working on some personal and business development but I have still been playing some chess. Personally, it's been quite good for me so far this season although another poor start to the Four Nations for me. At Daventry,...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/league-updateTue, 13 Nov 2012 17:12:17 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/league-updateJunior Chess Club Continues to do us PROUD!                      Our Junior players at Northampton Junior Chess Club continue to do us proud! A pre-arranged match (and possibly the start of a new project!) saw our juniors travel to Rugby for a match against their top junior play...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/junior-chess-club-continues-to-do-us-proudMon, 08 Oct 2012 14:09:45 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/junior-chess-club-continues-to-do-us-proudChess Retorts 2: Jack BauerThis one is relevant if you have had dealings with the English Chess Federation. Suffice to say, they deserve it because their systems for submitting grading data are antiquated, clumsy and cumbersome to say the least. Now that I am dealing with...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/chess-retorts-2-jack-bauerSat, 06 Oct 2012 02:19:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/chess-retorts-2-jack-bauerAway v Banbury ATonight we faced Banbury A in division 1 of the Leamington League. Another tough match as we were without Andy Foulds, our board one for this season. Considering we were outgraded by a good margin on all boards, I think we acquitted ourselves wel...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/away-v-banbury-aTue, 02 Oct 2012 15:56:27 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/away-v-banbury-aChess Retorts 1: Jean Luc PicardIt's Sunday morning, I'm bored so I thought I would start a new "series" (whether this gets beyond the first installment, I have no idea!). Of course, it's important to keep your chess knowledge up to date and to keep winning. However, things don...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/chess-retorts-1-jean-luc-picardSun, 23 Sep 2012 02:54:12 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/chess-retorts-1-jean-luc-picardAway V Solihull AShocking result - at one point in every game, we ALL stood better! Unfortunately we are licking our wounds on this one. Alan Eley was a pawn up and looked okay but fell quickly to a tactical motif which would not be out of place on the tactics tr...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/away-v-solihull-aWed, 19 Sep 2012 16:33:34 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/away-v-solihull-aDaventry Club NightThe Daventry Club Championship is a competition where I have, in the past, systematically failed to smother myself in glory. Tonight, I had the black pieces against the Rev. David Collinson in the first of our five round swiss event. Here's the g...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/daventry-club-nightWed, 12 Sep 2012 15:35:19 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/daventry-club-night26th Leamington RapidPlayOne hundred and five players including four titled players took part in the 26th Leamington RapidPlay tournament held at the Town Hall on Sunday 9th September 2012. The tournament was split into four sections; Minor, Intermediate, Major and Ope...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/26th-leamington-rapidplayMon, 10 Sep 2012 05:11:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/26th-leamington-rapidplayDaventry A v Olton ATonight was our first game in the top division and it was a bit of a baptism of fire for all of us. Olton are probably favourites for the league title and this was our first game in the top flight. We were outgraded by some distance on every boar...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/daventry-a-v-olton-aWed, 05 Sep 2012 16:00:08 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/daventry-a-v-olton-aCurtain RaiserSo, welcome everyone to a brand new season of scrummy chess! The Leamington League got off to a flying start last night at The Clarendon Arms in Kenilworth with the annual Jamboree tournament. Just like last year, yours truly hardly smothered hi...http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/curtain-raiserTue, 04 Sep 2012 15:38:11 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/timlawson/curtain-raiser