This section will be for the kids in terms of hints and tips to make them better players. Watch this space!
Chess in Schools Congress Results - Sun 13th October
An excellent day at the Ashton chess competition. We had two late withdrawals so 10 of our players took part (out of 47). We manage to bag the first two prizes in the junior comp.
Sithun 5.5 out of 6 went one better than last time and took 1st prize. Sithun will now have to compete in the senior event.
Patrick Shaw produced by far his best performance 5 out of 6 taking 2nd place (only losing to Sithun). Regular attendance at Mon club clearly doing him good. Fantastic effort.
Dylan Crothers was on top board in round 6 and a win would have seen him tied for first. His score of 4 was still a great effort only losing to Sithun and Patrick.
Jess Caton (oh blimey!). 3.5 out of 6 had 3 draws all stalemate when thrashing her opponents in all 3. A slight correction in her end games and she will be up there challenging for the main prizes in future.
Kyle Dissanayake scored a creditable 3 in only his 2nd competition just losing his way in the final 2 rounds.
Oliver Cheshire had a tricky start losing his first 3 but recovered to 2 out of 6.
In the senior event William Hardman-Elliott scored a great 3 out of 5. Well done William.
Shawn Dissanayake in his first go at the senior event scored 2 as did Ethan Lancaster (a couple of fascinating positions achieved).
Adam Hamer managed one win but played some great chess against some serious opponents.
Sholver and Moorside Community Club - back on Mon 30th Sept
After our match at Ashton last Wednesday our club resumes on Monday evening at 6.30pm.
We received a very harsh lesson. We were completely out-graded on each board so it was always going to be tough.
As far as I aware from 11 boards over 2 games we only managed a win from Kyle Dissanayake, Dylan Crothers, Sithun De Silva and a draw from Lawrence Moustafa. Well done guys.
The lesson learnt is crystal clear, you play too fast you will make mistakes and more likely than not lose. I have a challenge on my hands to make our kids slow right down. This is what I will be working on at my club and after school clubs over the next few weeks.
Ironically I lost both of my games on time as 25 mins is not enough for me these days! My 2nd game in particular was probably one of the most complicated games I have ever played and 2 hours wouldn't have been enough to work out what was going on.
Thanks for playing everyone.
Oct Competition signed up so far - 13 so far
So far for the Sun 13th Oct chess competition at Ashton we have
Jess Caton, James Cooper, Austin Butterworth, Patrick Shaw, Dylan Crothers, Sithun De Silva, Kyle Dissanayake, Oliver Cheshire in the Primary event.
In the senior event we have Ethan Lancaster, William Hardman-Elliott, Shawn Dissanayake, Lawrence Moustafa and Adam Hamer.
Chess Group on Columbus cruise ship
A few of my chess group on the cruise during 'at sea' days. Even made it into the daily programme of activities. Yes I know I supposed to be having a break!!
None of the group had played much before and after 3 or 4 lessons were playing full games. I must have been doing something right because they kept coming back.
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