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from Steven Coles
I have just had an email from Mark Carey with a link to his photos from Capelle 2009. As usual they are superb photos, take a look ...Cappell Photos 2009
bookwork ... Sometimes you get caught in your opponenents book .... Then it's a question of hard work! So well done Mark Davy, who here nearly completely refutes Black's book prep over the board but runs out of time and has to settle for a hard fought draw. Enjoy the battle!
You've read Swamp 1-7. You think you've seen jammy. You ain't seen nuffink. swamp 8
Knight of the Living Dead
by Alex Bourke
What happens when tiger meets tiger and both would rather go down swamping than risk a stodgy draw? Alex Bourke returns with more hair-raising swamp on swamp action in the final apocalyptic Clash of the Swampmeisters!
Blast from the Past:
Here's a great blast from the past. It's ex Kings Head stalwart Charles Wallace, who now lives in Scotland, beating Michael Adams! I was recently on the phone to Charles and got him to email me this so I've put it up.
Playing against the Latvian Gambit
By Steve Berry
THE Latvian Gambit has a number of staunch defenders. Tony Kosten has written a book on the opening and the complications of this line are a firm favourite amongst postal players. But is it really a move of the modern era? Let's find out ...
The Most Stupid Move
You are up somewhat. In fact, your forces are falling over themselves in the rush to kill the king and he is restricted to a measly two diagonally opposite white squares A simple win. In fact there is even a mate in three available ... GREAT! Look! It's flashing in neon lights above the board, MATE IN THREE! MATE IN THREE! But do not be fooled ... because this is actually that nightmare scenario for any chess player ... far off the true chess path. You have wandered into an Alice in Wonderland type world and into a chess game that couldn't even be politely described as wild.
Members Guide to France
By Alex Bourke
This being the King's Head, it is only appropriate that we cover not just les échecs (chess), but also phrases for creating a merry ambience at the après-chess down le pub or le bar.
Read and see also Alex's French Chess Dictionary The essential words for France! GM Masterclass
GM Bogdan Lalic
Here is a theoretically important French Defence Tarrasch annotated exclusively for the site by GM Bogdan Lalic.
GM Lalic's Masterclass Stereotypes
Mr Average is the sort of player who plays obvious moves, he's the player who plays pawn to king four, mention e4 to him and he says "Oh I can't understand all that Russian stuff." So after 1 P-K4 P-K4, Yes this is a MUST, any other defence and Mr Average gets a sulk on for the rest of the game, no foreign muck like the French or Sicilians for this guy. 2 Kt-KB3 Kt-QB3 3 B-QB4 B-QB4, he reaches a position he's been in a thousand times, he now has a big think and comes up with 4 0-0 (safe) the game continues. "Want a draw?" he asks, "but we've only played seven moves," comes the reply.
Sterotypes Swamp 6
It's almost the end of the season ... Kings Head 1, struggling to stay up, are facing the heffalumps of top team Hackney 1 We're out-trunked and unfortunately we're playing at Golden Lane where heffalumps aren't allowed to bring beer to the board. This is not good, as after four pints your 40 points stronger opponent just knows that this is one of the 90% of games he should win and gets reckless. A cocky heffalump is a vulnerable one, if you can lure him into the swamp where 10 or 20% of games go your way.
Enter Swamp 6 Film of War
The sun beats down on Oxford Street ... August 1994 ... England's Greed and Peasant shopping Land ... At the Virgin Mega Store you veer right. Over the zebra crossings ... past the Kentucky Fried Chicken ... round the Bureau De Change ... into the hotel and down to the "production box". You are in 5 star air-conditioned comfort. You are at the very last Lloyds Bank Chess Masters.
Film of War Opening of the Future
Have trouble with the Sicilian? How about taking a leaf out of the book one of the club's best players Steve Berry BCF 200+. Here he annotates for us a 30 move win against another strong player in the National Club Knockout tournament which is always highly competitive
Opening of the Future
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