This week the juniors were treated to a Chess960 tournament. This was designed to get them thinking about chess from move one, and not to worry about opening play.
Chess960 certainly does need you to look at the chess position in more detail. Whilst I had to berserk all my games, I managed to get some quick wins due to quickly assessing winning positions.
Congratulations to Marton and Dan, they played really well. Dan was just pipped by Marton, Dan was playing his 8th game when the buzzer went.
The tournament did throw up some very quick games and checkmate. Even yours truly got “blindsided” and missed a sneaky attack – this mate delivered by Dan! Dan has previously played c6 and I overlooked the threat and played a4 instantly! Woe is me, happens to us all!