11
Sep
2014

Commonwealth Chess Championship

Commonwealth Chess Championship

Recently, I took part in the Commonwealth Chess Championship in Glasgow. I will blog about my own performance, but first I would like to blog about one of my student’s performances. 

I was very proud when Murad Abdulla became Commonwealth Boys U/14 Champion with a score of 6 out of 9. 

How did he do it? His daily training regime for the tournament was 45 minutes of Chessity, followed by 45 minutes of working through a chess book. Chessity training ensured that his calculation and tactics were sharp. The chess book he was working through was My System, and this was aimed at improving his positional play. 

Not only did Murad compete in the Commonwealth age championships, he also competed in the main event. He scored 4.5 out of 9, with a rating performance of 2017. I thought this was very impressive to play two games every day! However, it has to be said that the quality of his play suffered towards the end of the tournament. In the future, he plans to only play one tournament at a time.

Murad has a busy summer of chess planned. He is off to the Dutch Open U/2150 section and upon return he will play board one for Scotland in the Glorney Cup.  

Here are Murad’s annotations of his favourite game from the Commonwealth Championships:

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