Yesterday, Natasha and I kicked off the “Chess for Life” promotion tour with an evening lecture at the Richmond and Twickenham Chess Club. We started off proceedings with a theme from Capablanca’s games – “Linked Knights” – and then showed how Capablanca’s arch-rival Alekhine made use of a turbo-charged version of the same theme to win 2 fantastic games!
Natasha then went on to give a masterclass on “How to play like Keith Arkell!” illustrated with 2 recent games of Keith’s. Natasha showed how all the key elements of Keith’s play – described in “Chess for Life” – were also to be seen in Keith’s latest games. Everyone knows Keith of course, so there were a lot of interested questions from the audience!
After a little break for coffee, delicious biscuits and an opportunity to buy the book, I then rounded off with some 5-minute simultaneous blitz. At some stage we managed to have 6 games going on with me rushing around trying to make all my moves! Amazingly I didn’t lose a single game on time!
Many thanks to all the people who came along, and thanks especially to Christopher Kreuzer for organising the whole event and making us feel so welcome!