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by Peter Webber
Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in the UK
Replies: 14
Views: 2729

Chess in the UK

I'm most dismayed about the way that chess is being run in the UK today. When I retired from work four years ago, my objective was to try to put into practice all that theory I had learned from studying DVD's, books, playing through games, tactics puzzles etc, because I hadn't had the time to play. ...
by Peter Webber
Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Club Life/Openings
Replies: 20
Views: 1432

Re: Chess Club Life/Openings

Thanks everyone for your input; re your thoughts, David, I HAVE been told my play is too passive, and I've always had a hankering to learn the Kings Gambit, but I'm guessing this would be a bit too ambitious given my present level?
by Peter Webber
Tue Feb 09, 2016 10:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Club Life/Openings
Replies: 20
Views: 1432

Chess Club Life/Openings

You were right; you told me it wasn't going to be easy. I won a couple of games in my first two weeks of joining a club. That was 5 months ago, and I haven't won a game since. In fact, the harder I try, the worse the defeat I get. Perhaps Mr Silman is correct in his books when he says it is down to ...
by Peter Webber
Wed Dec 02, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?
Replies: 69
Views: 5873

Re: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?

Thanks Jack for your helpful reply which I'll take on-board, and the neat copy-editing, (how did you do that)? One benefit I've found of playing against Fritz is that it seems to follow openings (up to a point). I've met a 97 rated and 115 rated player at my club who reckon they don't employ any ope...
by Peter Webber
Wed Dec 02, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?
Replies: 69
Views: 5873

Re: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?

David Blower wrote: If you have notated one of your games why not post it on here. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Well, here goes, not a great example, but I'm White against Fritz... 1 e2-e4 d7-d6 2.d2-d...
by Peter Webber
Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?
Replies: 69
Views: 5873

Re: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?

Say under 60-70?
by Peter Webber
Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?
Replies: 69
Views: 5873

Re: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?

I recently went along as a visitor to the Golders Green rapid play, and the Kings Head tournament earlier this year. All the players were rated higher than I am. If I can't find anyone in the UK to play against (at club or any other level) than I'm not going to stand a chance in hell of ever getting...
by Peter Webber
Mon Nov 30, 2015 9:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?
Replies: 69
Views: 5873

Re: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?

John Townsend wrote: It is a sad state of affairs if weaker players who visit clubs say they are neglected. It used not to be so. I put it down to the ECF's obsession with grading. They seem to provide few facilities to help our weaker brethren. It seems almost as if one of the few things the ECF wa...
by Peter Webber
Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What is a chess club?
Replies: 24
Views: 1535

Re: What is a chess club?

I would refer readers of this to my similar post 'Where in the UK to play Chess?' to welcome their views on what a chess club could or should be offering nowadays. Thanks.
by Peter Webber
Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?
Replies: 69
Views: 5873

Re: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?

Sorry Roger, but I'm having difficulty in understanding your reply. The only thing that's 'cool' about chess nowadays is the atmosphere inside the clubs. His Holiness the Tournament prevails. No help or encouragement for the casual player wishing to improve due to the surreal atmosphere of the preva...
by Peter Webber
Tue Sep 29, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?
Replies: 69
Views: 5873

Re: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?

Well, I've been going along to a club for 3 weeks now, and managed wins against a '90's' rated player, and also against a 132!!( which I regard as the equivalent of a 100-1 outsider winning the Derby). The inevitable many losses predominate though. I need to improve, and improve fast, as I am not ye...
by Peter Webber
Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?
Replies: 69
Views: 5873

WHERE IN THE UK TO PLAY CHESS?

I spend many hours every week studying by reading chess books, playing through master games, trying to solve tactical puzzles, mates in three etc. I enjoy this. But I know it's not doing me any good, as I cannot expect to improve if I have nobody to play against across a board. I went along to my lo...
by Peter Webber
Thu Dec 04, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Mysteries of Chess
Replies: 52
Views: 10255

Re: Mysteries of Chess

Matt Fletcher wrote; We don't have any regular attendees below 100 grade but there are a few around that mark who you should be able have a decent game with. So how then can chess clubs help players of different standards? Let's put it in golfing terms. My handicap is 24, which means I go round the ...
by Peter Webber
Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:07 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Mysteries of Chess
Replies: 52
Views: 10255

Re: Mysteries of Chess

My local chess club doesn't have anybody on my rating (50-60) to play against. Would I do better going on-line, to get a few more games under my belt? I don't have Facebook or webcam, but could anyone recommend a website, preferably free, where I could play games at this level, with maybe some suppo...
by Peter Webber
Fri Nov 28, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Mysteries of Chess
Replies: 52
Views: 10255

Re: Mysteries of Chess

Sorry, can't remember, but I tried the CK again, and got a totally different reply response after 2...c6