An horse my kingdom for an horse….
Or in Chess terms, a Knight. Anand is well known for his preference for Knights rather than bishops. This is unusual, most players prefer the bishops. The beauty of the knights can be found in the following positions. Both with White to move, one is a draw the other is a loss. Which one is which! Can you work it out!
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!
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.
Continue reading “Battle of the Royals”
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”
Tough Day At the Office
Saturday 10th March, and we are at Oldham Hulme Grammar School for the EPSCA Under-9 Northern Regional . Ten teams were originally scheduled for the day, however, Staffordshire pulled out leaving 9 teams to battle for the qualification spots in the final.
Continue reading “EPSCA Under-9 Report”
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.
Continue reading “Checkmate Exercises”
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.
Continue reading “The Queen and Bishop Checkmate Tactic”
Look at the following games, all of the games show a checkmate by the Queen. Look at the patterns, can you see why they are checkmate? Continue reading “Queen Checkmate Patterns”
The first basic checkmate that juniors should learn is the King and Queen versus King checkmate. It is easy to remember, so long as the rules are followed.
Continue reading “King and Queen versus King Checkmate”
It is going to be a busy few weeks, with back to back EPSCA events.
First up the U9’s Zonal, followed by the U11’s zonal where Lancashire will be competing with other counties for a place in the finals.
Continue reading “EPSCA Regional Events”