On Monday 21st December,at 10PM, BBC4 are broadcasting a programme called Timeshift: How to Win at Chess. This is how it is described:
Many people know the basic rules of chess, but few can play really well. This programme offers some essential tips on how to raise our game.
British grandmasters Dan King and Ray Keene go through a special demonstration game from opening gambit to checkmate, revealing the key moves that can lead to victory. They explain the opening, middle and end games, and how to outwit an opponent with techniques such as forks, pins and skewers.
Along the way the colourful and diverse world of British chess playing is celebrated, including speed chess and chess boxing, and useful advice is offered on how not to be humiliated by a child prodigy.
Also taking part are novelist Martin Amis, writer Dominic Lawson, Britain's youngest grandmaster David Howell and under-16 champion Sheila Dines.
A jolly good result, given that these chaps beat us in the first match of the season. I won my first game in ages, Rob had no problems, Pete had a sharp game which simplified into a king and pawn endgame with his having seven pawns to his opponent's five. Dave was a piece down and his game looked to be over until a mistake allowed him to equalise.
Jeff Toon (108)0-1 Pete Harrison (140) Paul Martin (97) 0-1 Rob Ensor (135) Steve Barlow (96) 0-1 Colin Ross (112) John Impey (90) Draw Dave Ricketts (104) Braunstone (4) 0.5 - 3.5 Heathcote Arms (2)
There were no losses for HA2 for the second week running, and it looks as though we head into the Christmas break at the top of Division five. Heathcote Arms 1 also look to be at the top of Division 1.
Well done everyone.
The next match for HA2 is on Thursday 14th January away at Ashby and is a Junior League Cup match.
Heathcote Arms 2 were at home against Hinckley 2 on Tuesday. Three out of four of us outgraded our opponents. In a knife edge battle of the tortoises, Terry Clay and i agreed a draw shortly before the first time control - we each had two minutes left on the clock with five moves to make, in a complicated position. Rob then also agreed a draw on the top board. Despite multiple draw offers from his opponent, Ray "eye of the tiger" Beach forced his pieces through a board clogged with pawns causing the higher graded Douglas Opie enough trouble to lose on time. John had the advantage of a piece over Barry Bailey and, in a fast and furious finish, Barry's flag dropped.
Rob Ensor (135) Draw Gary Compton (117) John Manger (134) 1-0 Barry Bailey (116) Colin Ross (112) Draw Terry Clay (99) Ray Beach (90) 1-0 Douglas Opie (104) Heathcote Arms (2) 3 - 1 Hinckley (2)
Well done everyone, especially to Dave whose rather scary Haka seemed to do the trick.
Blaby District Chess Club at the Heathcote Arms is the friendliest chess club in Leicestershire. We are also one only a few local chess clubs that plays its home matches in a pub. Formerly known as Littlethorpe Chess Club, we moved to our current venue, in Croft, in Spring 2009. In the 2016/17 season, we are running three teams of different strengths in the Leicestershire league.
We welcome new players of all standards to the club (and we really mean that) ; so whether you are new to the area or thinking about pushing those pieces after taking a break - we would be happy to see you! For more information or a chat please call Peter the President (?????????) or John (????????) or pop along to The Heathcote Arms in Croft any Tuesday evening. We are there from 7.30pm and a warm welcome is guaranteed whether you're a new member, an old friend or just visiting.