Long time, no post on my blog, I'm sorry to say. Summer has occurred, which has meant no chess, either in the league or at the university club. Hence, my chess ability has been steadily regressing over the past few months, due to a c... | Leggi tutto
On the weekend of the 20th/21st February, the BUCA 2016 Championships were held in Birmingham. These are the annual team championships contested by UK universities.
I'm now at Lancaster, and this was the first time that the university had entered... | Leggi tutto
We played Kendal in the league last Wednesday. On paper, we had grading edges on all boards, so were looking for a victory again!
My game was pretty sharp - I played the opening poorly, but got back into it with a well-timed opening of the centre... | Leggi tutto
Another league match last night. This time we faced Lancaster's A team at their chess HQ, the Reform Club in town.
A change of personnel - we replaced Nikola (who couldn't make the match) with Sam. Sam's grade is actually 165 (2 points higher tha... | Leggi tutto
Just got done playing Dragons in the LANSIL Cup (an 8 team knockout tournament). This is a competition we defaulted out of last year, so it will be a nice aim to try and win this in addition to our league.
The match was held in the university lib... | Leggi tutto
Friday 23rd October saw a simultaneous chess event held in Lancaster University Management School - the second to be held in Lancaster in the space of a month! IM Alexander Matros, a professor at the school, took on 18 challengers.
Most of the ch... | Leggi tutto
It's a new season in the Lancaster, Morecambe and District chess league. After winning it last year, we (the University team) are aiming to make it back-to-back titles.
Our first match of the season was against Morecambe Knights (Morecambe's "sec... | Leggi tutto
Today I had the chance to play in a simultaneous exhibition against veteran English grandmaster Nigel Davies. The event was held at and organised by Lancaster Library, and in total around 20 players played in the event. After the end, Nigel was go... | Leggi tutto
The last match of the season for Lancaster University in the league - this was a top of the table clash against Morecambe Knights! We had to win the match to win the league - a draw would see the Knights crowned champions on game points.
My game ... | Leggi tutto
New ECF grades out today - up 6 points to 163 (~1920 FIDE)! Not bad for 4 games.
Managed to celebrate it with a win for Lancaster Uni in our league match against Dragons.
Blanking Dragons 4-0 should put us top of the league! | Leggi tutto