Monday, 23 January 2017

Press

All branches of the local press may have completely ignored my press release on our historic London Chess Classic expedition, but Whale Hill Primary School did us proud with a big spread on page one of their January newsletter.

It is too easy to believe nothing positive ever happens on Teesside but we shall continue raising awareness and highlighting our magnificent ambassadors to combat lazy negativity and to celebrate the excellent achievements of our Teesside stars.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Time


I don't need to wear a watch at school. I just carry this around with me all day.

Friday, 20 January 2017

The Full Groucho


While preparing children for their first ever chess tournament, I stress the importance of keeping a straight face so opponents cannot read one's thoughts.

The legendary Straight Face Challenge is usually an easy victory for me. (For some reason, merely looking at my face makes people laugh.)

However, Naomi not only passed the initial test with flying colours but also survived what we call The Full Groucho without losing her composure.

Congratulations, Naomi! This was undoubtedly the best performance ever seen in the Straight Face Challenge.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Monday, 16 January 2017

Boxes


Boxes of goodies have started arriving at our schools for the UK Chess Challenge.

If all of our children play as well as my two classes of Brambles did this morning then it is going to be an excellent year.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

First Check


You are White. Black is not allowed to move. You can give check to the Black king (not checkmate) in three moves. In how many different ways can it be done?

Thursday, 12 January 2017

New Book


My good friend and CSC colleague David Hardy announced today the publication of his chess book.

I am just about to order a copy and suggest you consider doing so too.