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Khanty-Mansiysk VI

Vickie won her game today in good style. She was playing a Woman Candidate Master from Canada. She slowly outplayed her opponent in a tough positional game with some gritty knight manoeuvres. Her opponent eventually resigned when she could not stop White’s passed pawns.
We just finished our celebration take-away pizza in the team room!

Khanty-Mansiysk V – Round Five / rest day

20160926_14491920160927_161055Vickie managed a well-earned draw tonight and England are up 2 points (1 bye) going into round 6 after the rest day. We are very much looking forward to the rest day, as our small England team has fought long and hard over the last few days. All games played averaged 4+ hours. We will re-energise during our rest day, and we are not even half-way through the tournament. There are plenty of opportunities ahead!


Today has been a very restful, enjoyable day. The organisers had planned an outing in the town of Khanty Mansiysk, where we saw the woolly mammoth sculptures, the Old Town and the river Irtysh. Our players are well rested and ready for a strong second half!

York Junior Chess Day

The above event was held at Archbishop Church of England Junior School, Bishopthorpe, York on Saturday 24th September. There were 60 entries and event was opened by the Lord Mayor David Taylor and Mayoress of York. Thanks to the John Robinson Fund for financialsupport, and also Chess and Bridge, who donated prizes

International Master James Adair and Lateefah Messam-Sparks were guests who assisted in training and chess development. Three sections were formed and a 5 round Swiss competition was organised —

Development Group
1st = Weging Gee, Bootham and Tamas Kovacs, Meanwood; 3rd Annabel Davenport, Wigginton; 4th Wilf Fountain, St Martins Scarborough; 5th Anton Navarov, St Olaves; 6th = Caleb Samworth, Archbishop Juniors and Molly Pashley, Wigginton Primary

Read on — York Junior Chess Day

Khanty-Mansiysk IV – Round Three

Khanty-Mansiysk IV

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Round 2 — although no victory as yet, England again defended well. There are still many opportunities ahead, and Victoria and Leif are focused. We have also found the only pub in Khanty Mansiysk to recharge our batteries tonight!