Liam has been coming to Cumnor Chess Club since he was wearing short trousers and now captains the first team. His interests include Chess, Oxford United, Chess and Chess. He shows you can be handsome and good at Chess.
"A computer beat me in chess, but it was no match when it came to kickboxing."
"You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps. Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas."
"I like the moment I break a man's ego."
“Many have become chess masters; no one has become the master of chess.”
"The pin is mightier than the sword."
“Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the Chess player, not the Chess piece”
"The most powerful weapon in chess is to have the next move."
“A good player is always lucky”
Jose Raul Capablanca
"That's chess! You've got to make some sacrifices!"
"At the end of the game. The King and Pawn go back into the same box."
"The Passed Pawn is a criminal, who should be kept under lock and key. Mild measures, such as police surveillance, are not sufficient."
“No one ever won a game by resigning”
"Chess is a beautiful mistress."
"A Chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe that you have an advantage, and the third … when you know you're going to lose!"
"Chess helps you to concentrate, improve your logic. It teaches you to play by the rules and take responsibility for your actions, how to problem solve in an uncertain environment."
"Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe"
“Tactics flow from a superior position.”
"Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency."
"Chess is life."
Bart: "Hey, Lis, what do you call those guys in chess that don't matter?"
Lisa: "Well, a blockaded bishop is of little value, but I think you're referring to a pawn."
“The hardest game to win is a won game.”
"Morphy was probably the greatest genius of them all."
“If your opponent offers you a draw, try to work out why he thinks he’s worse off.”
“Chess is a fairy tale of 1,001 blunders.”
“A bad plan is better than none at all.”
"Chess is everything: art, science, and sport."
“When you see a good move, look for a better one.”
Recent Cumnor Chess Club results
11 May - WIN Cumnor 2 v Bicester 2 (5.5-0.5)
18 May - LOST Cumnor 1 v Oxford Uni (2.5-3.5)
22 May - WIN Oxford City 3 v Cumnor 1 (2-4)