Club Update 7

Next Sunday is the last meeting before half term – Group 3 and 4 meet.

Groups 1 and 2 will be online together with the newcomers tournament.


In the Yorkshire Bonus Arena tournament on Sunday we had a 2nd place for Varun and 3rd place for Narita. Well done and thanks to everyone who took part.

In the Junior 4 NCL team 1 won 8-0 but team 2 fell to a narrow 4.5-3.5 defeat.

Events to come

For better players you can join in the Alwoodley Chess Club online tournament on Wednesday nights at 7pm if you wish.

Next Junior 4NCL match is Thursday 29th October. I will e-mail team selections Friday – thanks to those who replied so quickly.

Yorkshire Junior Grand Prix 2 October 31st at 1pm.

Learning Area

I have uploaded the material on rook and pawn end games to the Learning Area that we have covered at the club.

On the Beginners Learning area I have uploaded videos on how to mate with Rook and King.



Club Update Number 6

Tier 2 Restrictions

Youth activities are exempt from tier 2 restrictions so we will continue to meet.

This Sunday it is the turn of Group 1 and 2 to meet. Again please let me know of any absences in advance of the club.


Last week participation dropped a bit to 63% - I appreciate not everyone can play every week but it is good to keep up the practice. Well done to Shravan who won for the first time.

Groups 3 and 4 are online this week together with the new starters’ section.


Again we should mention Samiksha and Angelica who don’t rest on  their laurels. Samiksha was busy at the weekend winning the Middlesex girls competition in her section and Angelica placed 4th in the latest ‘She Plays to win’ event.

Events to Come

Junior 4 NCL – selected teams take part tomorrow night at 6  - separate e-mails have been sent to those concerned with instructions. Good luck!!! Team 1 take on Cambridge Chess and Go, and team 2 take on Manchester Juniors D.

Yorkshire Junior Arena: Bonus tournament for those signed up to the Yorkshire Junior Grand prix at 3pm on Saturday on lichess.

Yorkshire Junior Grand Prix Tournament 2: October 31st for the next Grand Prix. You can’t go out Trick and Treating, but you can still play chess.

Wednesday Nights:

Alwoodley Chess Club now can’t meet due to tier 2 restrictions, so they are back online at 7pm on a Wednesday. Juniors are welcome to join to mix it with the adults (starting tonight). You need to be in the Alwoodley Chess Club team on lichess. Not recommended for beginners.


I have started a watsap group for the club so join if you can. Updates will also go on there.

County selection

Is an online county championship starting in November. Some of our players will be involved and I will let you know separately if selected.


These are rubbish times generally, but chess marches on.


Club Update Number 5

I am pleased to welcome a new set of players and parents to the fold who have formed a ‘newcomers’ group on line to practice on Sunday evenings. Unfortunately we won’t be able to take any more physical groups at present but I would like to add two more children to the physical club after half term.

Learning Area

The material from last week on Rook and Pawn endings will be available on the website learning area shortly. For newcomers I do recommend the beginners learning area where there are some essential videos to watch.

Sunday online

Engagement is good with a high percentage taking part. Please make sure all players are aware of the protocol for online playing (I have reattached). Resigning without good reason is not allowed. A reminder there are now two tournaments so newcomers should join the ‘newcomers’ tournament and Group 1 and 2 this week join Leeds Junior Chess Sunday Tournament.

Monday night Coaching

This continues with Nick at 7pm Monday evening for those who want it where he is covering instructive games. For newcomers the link is

Sunday Club

This week it is Groups 3 and 4 meeting. Please could you let me know if not attending so we can arrange room and pairs appropriately.

Junior 4 NCL

I have selected the following two teams for next Thursday’s matches. I will send separate instructions to all players when I have them.

Team 1: Jael, Angelica, Aditya, Nav (first reserve Suhrith).

Team 2: Narita, Samiksha, Sahil, Enzo (first reserve Miraya).

Upcoming Grand Prix event

The next Grand Prix event is October 31st. For details on how to sign up for those who haven’t done so already please go here:



Club Update Number 4



I am interested in us entering a team or two for the above competition. Matches take place periodically(about every two weeks) online (lichess) on a Thursday at 6pm. You play 2 games versus your opponent at 10 minutes +5 second increments.

This is for players in Groups 1 and 2 only.

Please could you let me know asap if interested  - message any format.


Club meetings

We continue with groups 1 and 2 this Sunday. Groups 3 and 4 play online at 6pm. Good numbers last week – 23 online as well as the physical club. Really good learning at the club last week – just a reminder that much of what was covered is also available in the website learning area.


Online protocols


This week we will be issuing a guide for parents and players as to online protocols. This will come in a separate e-mail. I would be grateful if you could read it thoroughly so we can make the online environment safe and fair for everyone.


Club Update Number 3

Groups 1 and 2 had their second meeting last week and it all went well. We finally got that photo with the international online trophy we won for consistent performance (see gallery page).

Groups 3 and 4 meet this coming Sunday. Again please let us know of any absences in advance.

Online tournament had 64% engagement on Sunday from Groups 3 and 4 – this is the opportunity to play competitively and put ideas into practice so take part if you can.

Groups 1 and 2 will be online this Sunday at 6pm.


It was the first of the Yorkshire Grand Prix events online last Sunday. We had 25 of our members taking part and some success – Agamya was 3rd in the Major with a 2069 rating performance. Varun won the Intermediate with Rithvik second and Sahil took the U9 medal. George was 3rd in the Starter section – well done all.

Can I persuade all those not yet signed up to compete in the Grand Prix to do so – the club is about supporting youngsters to compete in chess, so if not competing the club is not much use to you. The next event is October 31st, although there will be warm up events too.


The government have announcement new restrictions about various things, but under 18’s are exempt, so we will continue to meet until we can’t (eg local lockdown).


Club Update Number 2


Great to see the new faces on Sunday as well as welcoming back some familiar ones – two really good sessions as well and everything running smoothly and safely.

Next week back to groups 1 and 2. The online competition this week was fantastic with some great games. Well done Varun who won all 6 this week.

Please could you remember, as far as possible, to play on line when your group is on its week off – first week engagement was a bit disappointing, but better this week.

Reminder: This Saturday is the first of the online Grand Prix events – I would hope most could take part as we do expect our members to engage in wider participation in chess. The first tournament runs 1-5pm on lichess.

Sign up here.

Just a quick reminder that if you want to wait in the building on Sunday that is fine, but please use the hall (through the main door) and not the bar lounge thank you.

Monday night Zoom coaching continues with Nick.



Club Update Number 1

Club Return

Well we finally got back to meeting after nearly 6 months. The evening went successfully – thanks to everyone for sticking to the rules – it was safe and I got the feeling the youngsters were just glad to be back. One hour went very quickly! I have shared some pictures on social media and on the website.

Next Sunday it is the turn of Groups 3 and 4. Please arrive in good time (5.30pm start Group 3 and 6.45pm start group 4).

Groups 1 and 2 play online at 6pm.

Don’t forget Zoom coaching with Nick is available additionally on Mondays vis the link I sent the other day.


We had five girls playing in the UK Chess Challenge Tera Finals last weekend  -that is the final stage of a four stage competition. Samiksha finished as best girl in the Under 8 section of the competition – an amazing achievement. Agamya finished 2nd best girl in the Under 18 section. Angelica finished 3rd in ‘She Plays to win’ girls’ competition which started out with 80 girls nationally – another great performance. The club has always trail blazed with girls’ chess and its great to see that continuing as girls are still a minority in chess nationally, and very much so in the county.


There are dire threats on the news about further lockdowns in Leeds – we will keep our eye on the situation and make assessments on a week by week basis and keep you informed. Quick reminder that over 11’s have to wear a mask in the community centre – don’t worry I have plenty if anyone forgets.

Coming Events

Don’t forget the Yorkshire Junior grand Prix kicks off September 19th with the first online event.

Sign up here.

Details here.

Finally – if you are interested in such things my latest blog is available here.

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