Minutes of the NCCU Annual Council Meeting 2013

January 20, 2014

The Minutes of the NCCU Annual Council Meeting 2013 can be read from the link and is also on the Library page under NCCU.

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Division 2 – Phase 2

January 19, 2014 in News

How to use anti-aging eye cream to avoid dark circles

Growing old is a process that we all have to go through, but it is not necessarily a bad thing if you approach it with careful planning. One of the worse effects of the aging process is the slow degradation of your skin. Dark circles around the eyes are just one of the symptoms that show your best years are already behind you.

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Skin is the largest external organ of the human body. Its health's hard to maintain and even more difficult to protect against the aging process. Some of the most visible signs of growing old appear on your face in the form of pimples, blemishes and dark circles around your eyes. Sometimes, these unfortunate signs make you look and feel even older than you really are.

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The first signs of getting old appear on your skin, which loses its natural complexion and becomes slightly translucent. Age spots, liver stains, and dark circles cover your face and make you look pale and sick. These symptoms could have a damaging effect on your life and even on your career if they are left untreated.

Note from Steve Murdoch

As you are probably aware, notwithstanding the missing results Division 2 has almost ground to a halt due to the current paucity of fixtures and information. I asked the League Controller for information before Christmas and didn’t even receive a reply (not for the first time). I know that others have had similar experiences. Penrith and Maryport have decided to continue the season regardless; thankfully our people just love playing chess. The aforementioned match has already been completed, I understand that Maryport v. Pen B is scheduled for next Tuesday and Maryport v. Pen C will happen soon after that. Incidentally, all these fixtures are simple reversals of those played earlier in the season, so Whites/Blacks and travel should be equalised.

Just ask if you need more.

Steve Murdoch
(Penrith CC Secretary).

I ( Dave Shaw ) have put the first game of Div 2 Phase 2 onto results page, and included DIv 2 Phase 2 on to the League Tables page.

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Penrith Chess Club on TV !

January 8, 2014 in News

Tim Backshall, of Border TV recently paid a visit to Penrith Chess Club.

Click on the link to view. http://www.itv.com/news/border/search/?q=chess

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The 2014 Open Cumbria Individual Chess Championships

January 8, 2014 in News

The details and the Entry form for the Open Cumbria Individual Chess Championships to be held on 14th, 15th, & 16th Feb are now available

The Entry Form can be downloaded from here and is also on the Library page.

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Tips to become a better chess player

Chess is not just a game you play to kill some time on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It is a mind-developing technique that teaches you how to solve problems and overcome obstacles with patience, strategy and flair. By becoming a better chess player, you gain a better grip on your own decisions and you feel more in control of your life. To achieve this status, knowing the rules is not enough. You need to know a few tips and tricks that will help you become a board-master in no time. Here are just a few of them.

Play as many opponents as you can. Playing chess only with your grandpa might seem like a great way to create some lovely memories and strengthen the bond between the two of you. However, this will never help you improve your tactics. Instead, take some time and go to a public venue or a park and challenge complete strangers to a game of chess. You will win fewer games, but you will get a better insight of the game and the chance to discover how different players react to your moves.

Record everything. If your opponent allows it, record all your games on video. This way, after you finish playing you can watch the clips and determine where you made a wrong move, or what triggered a successful one. If you do not have a video camera or a smartphone, ask one of your friends to come along and keep you company. She will not only identify your correct strategy, but she might also distract your opponent’s attention with her attractive looks.

Find a strategy and stick to it. Some players never develop their own, trademark strategy. They act out of instinct and sometimes get away with spectacular wins. Nevertheless, they disappoint their spouse with amateurish mistakes almost every time. In order to avoid making a fool of yourself, try to find a winning strategy and work on its development. It will not work every single time and you will always have something to tweak to make it better. However, it will give you a direction and a personal style that will leave many of your contestants in awe.

Accept criticism. Always look to play opponents that are better and more experienced than you are. This means that you will rarely enjoy the sweet taste of victory, but in return, you will gain the wisdom and the patience that you need to prevail in this practice. Ask your rivals to point out your mistakes, as few of them will reveal their own secrets of success. Some of the critics will blast you with a wave of harsh assessments, others will try to sugar coat it, and some might even refuse to comment. You have to be prepared to take it all on the chin, otherwise you will appear weak in the eyes of a true lady, and very soon you might find them running off with another player who is not such a bad loser.

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