Author: Andrew Varney
Andrew is an ECF-accredited chess coach and very active in coaching juniors in the Oxfordshire area on a professional basis. He attends Cumnor Chess Club when he gets a chance to take a break from coaching on Thursday nights. One of the books he recommends to his students is ‘How to Beat Your Dad at Chess’ but his own children are definitely beyond the point of needing such a reference!

Rest and Resilience – report from European Youth Chess Championships

Andrew Varney reports from the European Youth Chess Championships on Zoe and Pavel’s progress.

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Critical moments – report from the European Youth Chess Championships

In both Zoe Varney’s fifth and sixth round game there is a game-changing tactic which was only possible once. Can you spot them?

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Castles kingside – report from European Youth Chess Championships

Report from Round 4 of the European Youth Chess Championships in Batumi, where Zoe Varney and Pavel Asenov are competing.

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A shared experience – report from European Youth Chess Championships

Andrew Varney reports on the second round of the European Youth Chess Championships, where Zoe Varney and Pavel Asenov are competing.

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Small beginnings – report from European Youth Chess Championships

Andrew Varney reports from the European Youth Chess Championships where Zoe Varney and Pavel Asenov are competing.

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ESCC: Live chess!

Watch how Zoe Varney of Cumnor Chess Club performed in round 8 and 9 of the European School Championships in Kavala, Greece.

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ESCC: Not Overdoing It

The latest update from the European Schools Chess Championships.

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ESCC: “Chess is mental torture”

Friends Zoe Varney and Marianne Hauer face each other at the European Schools Chess Championships.

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ESCC: Team Spirit at the European Schools Chess Championships

First of all my apologies for the delayed posting after round 5. That is because it was my turn on Saturday to compile the main report for the whole team, and then Sunday was a very busy rest day for

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ESCC: Another Magic Day for Zoe at the European Schools Chess Championships

Someone commented to me in an email that the reference to Magic seemed a little incongruous in yesterday’s blog. Read on to the end today and hopefully it will make some sense. After Zoe’s successes over the first few days,

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