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Club Championship

Here's a link to the Letchworth 1 v Hertford 1 match report from Stephen Swanson.

Results: 17 - 21 January

Club Championship
Black is OK must be the message from the first round. With some unexpected results, the club championships have got off to a good start.

An annotated game from the round follows and positions from other games will appear here soon.

Here is one of my all-time favourite chess problems.... More

"Before developing your Pieces, develop your Luck"
But how!? Stephen Swanson shares his recent experiences in this article on the part luck has played in two of his games. It's a good read.... More.
There is a link at the bottom of page 1 in the article to a game server showing the two games. However should you wish to return to the games direct, then you can click for the game server here.

4NCL Online - Season 4 Review
A grey, imposing building. Unfamiliar sights and sounds. And strange new people who we had never seen before.
Oh, yes … we took a few chums along with us on that first day at ‘big school’, and that made things a little easier … but, in truth, we arrived with nervousness and trepidation.
We were told where to sit. The smart new uniform, slightly too large, made us stand out and … did the others speak a little differently to us? No matter. They seemed friendly enough anyway.
Those first few days were strange. The new things were fun, of course. Discovery. And a chance to shine. But … when things decided not to go so well … well, no Mother there to tend that grazed knee. No comforting words. And a thickish throat and supressed tears.   More...

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Tues 28th Oct 2021   1st team player Stephen Swanson led a demonstration of the Philidor Defence focussing on the two main ways or reaching the tabiya position:
a. 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Nd7 4. Bc4 Be7 5. Nc3 Ngf6 6. O-O O-O
b. 1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 e5 4. Nf3 Nbd7 5. Bc4 Be7 6. O-O O-O

Route 'a' can be difficult for the second player as sight deviations in move order can allow White quick, and sometimes devasting, attacking chances.
Route 'b' is safer and more solid for Black although, again, White can deviate easily from the standard plan.
Paul Byway later quipped "If I could get to move 6 without trauma I'd play it myself."

02/09/2021   At the AGM the following captains were appointed for the 2021-22 season starting in October:
1st team - Barry Cheal
2nd team - Andrew du Boulay
3rd team - Nick Wooster
4th team - Gerald Gregory
5th team - Alan Brewis
U120 League - Mike Humeniuk?
Russell Cup - Andrew du Boulay
Sharp Trophy - Mark Buswell
U140 Cup - Duncan Marshall
U120 Cup - Mike Gutteridge
Herts & District - Corinne Mountford

Updated January 22nd 2022

If you see a good move, play it! - Capablanca

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