Live Broadcasts - Hack Attack highlights!!

Live Broadcasts - Hack Attack highlights!!

IM Trendle
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Sep 12, 2013

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 ...

100th British Championship gets started!

100th British Championship gets started!

IM Trendle
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Jul 31, 2013

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...

Kings Place Rapidplay! Strong rapidplay in London...

Kings Place Rapidplay! Strong rapidplay in London...

IM Trendle
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Jun 18, 2013

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...

London League finale! Drunken Knights vs Wood Green

London League finale! Drunken Knights vs Wood Green

IM Trendle
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May 22, 2013

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. Drun...

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing...

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing...

IM Trendle
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Apr 23, 2013

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...

British Blitz Championship - practice!

British Blitz Championship - practice!

IM Trendle
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Apr 20, 2013

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. ...

Bunratty Festival - Report!

Bunratty Festival - Report!

IM Trendle
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Mar 7, 2013

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...

Bunratty Chess Festival - stronger than ever!

Bunratty Chess Festival - stronger than ever!

IM Trendle
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Feb 27, 2013

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...

When the clearly obvious move isn't the best move!

When the clearly obvious move isn't the best move!

IM Trendle
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Feb 8, 2013

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...

Coaching at the WYCC and other news.

Coaching at the WYCC and other news.

IM Trendle
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Nov 28, 2012

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...

League chess in England

League chess in England

IM Trendle
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Oct 31, 2012

One 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...

Istanbul Olympiad, Conclusion

Istanbul Olympiad, Conclusion

IM Trendle
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Oct 9, 2012

I'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 ...

Istanbul Olympiad, Bermuda Party and Wales update

Istanbul Olympiad, Bermuda Party and Wales update

IM Trendle
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Sep 5, 2012

My 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 ...

Istanbul Olympiad 2012, update!

Istanbul Olympiad 2012, update!

IM Trendle
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Aug 31, 2012

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 ...

Istanbul Olympiad 2012 and other news

Istanbul Olympiad 2012 and other news

IM Trendle
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Aug 26, 2012

So, 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...

Quick Puzzle

Quick Puzzle

IM Trendle
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Aug 16, 2012

I 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.  ...

Anand-Gelfand & What is a Critical Position?

Anand-Gelfand & What is a Critical Position?

IM Trendle
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Jul 11, 2012

In my latest blog post (blog.chess.com/Trendle/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-the-tactics-trainer) I talked about how to get the most out of using things like Chess.com's Tactics Trainer, using a method based around the idea of Forcing Moves. I promis...

How to get the most out of the Tactics Trainer!

How to get the most out of the Tactics Trainer!

IM Trendle
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Jun 28, 2012

It's been a while since my last blog update so here's a much longer (and more interesting!?) one than usual. I've not been playing as much chess recently as I would've liked (a few rapidplays and a blitz event which I managed to win notwithstandi...

Final 4NCL Report - did we get promoted?!!

Final 4NCL Report - did we get promoted?!!

IM Trendle
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May 9, 2012

The answer is.... yes! More on that later. The final 4NCL took place over the May Bank holiday weekend in Hinckley Island (in the middle of England basically). 3 Divisions (and a Divison 3 North at a seperate venue), 70+ teams, and about 500 playe...

Final 4NCL Weekend - preview

Final 4NCL Weekend - preview

IM Trendle
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May 1, 2012

This weekend the 4NCL (4 Nations Chess League) comes to a conclusion with each team playing 3 matches over a bank-holiday weekend. The current standings in Division one can be seen here: http://www.4ncl.livechess.co.uk/div1_201112/xtab-div1c-rd8....

4NCL Report

4NCL Report

IM Trendle
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Apr 14, 2012

So, after blundering terribly in my previous game (see previous post) it was off to the compete in the 4NCL (4 Nations Chess League) http://www.4ncl.co.uk/, the UK's strongest league. I play for Sambuca Sharks, a team in Division two. On the Satu...

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