Steve Under the Cosh!

Who is winning?

This position is an adjourned position from the simul at the recent training day at Lytham AKS.  Steve is playing Black, and was getting very worried.  Not sure who called the adjournment 🙂

Ben despite being two pawns down has a major initative.  The engines favour White, but Black has to find the right moves.  What do you think?  It is Black’s move, if it was White’s move in this position then it would be game over after Qd3!

Battle of the Royals

Training Event at Lytham AKS

Not the best schedule, the latest training day clashing with the Royal Wedding.  Who wanted to watch two people getting married, when you could play chess instead!

Around 20 juniors attended the latest event held at Lytham AKS, thank you again to our hosts for a great venue.  Mixed in amongst the coaching sessions, were some serious games of chess.  Starting off with a Simul against the Coaches, with all moves being written down.

The games were interesting, and let’s say judging by the handwriting, we will have a few doctor’s in the future who can play chess!  I will post games as and when I can decipher the moves.

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Lancashire Training Day at AKS Lytham

Steve Lamb Analysis

A great day out for 35 Lancashire Junior Chess players at the latest Lancashire Chess training day.  These events are invite only, and are set up to provide a day of coaching and simultaneous games against the Lancashire Coaches.

Firstly, a special thank you for the staff and the AKS School in Lytham for hosting the event,  with 35 children turning up on the day, it proved to be a popular event.  The turnout was a lot better than expected so soon after the Easter Holidays! Continue reading “Lancashire Training Day at AKS Lytham”

Checkmate Exercises

Each month, a set of mating positions will be published for you to solve.  This month, we will start with some easy one’s, they are all checkmate in one.  How hard can that be?

All the following are check mate in one, these should be easy to spot.  The key is to look at each pattern, and understand what elements make up the checkmate.

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The Queen and Bishop Checkmate Tactic

This example is a checkmate in 4 for White, and involves the Queen and Bishop working together.  Can you spot the checkmate?  If not, then do not worry.  Let us try and break it down.

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Lytham Junior Chess Congress Report

A great turnout for our first time at AKS Lytham Independent School for the recent Lancashire Junior Chess Congress. A great warm welcome from the school, excellent playing facilities and excellent facilities for the parents and guardians, as 50+ junior chess players battled it out in their respective sections. A special thank you to the school for making us feel so welcome, and the excellent facilities available. The restaurant food was excellent! The chess was good as well, and some excellent results all round.

Arriving at AKS Lytham on a bright and crisp morning.

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