Sunday, 29 December 2013

Hastings Christmas Chess Tournament

Here is a somewhat fuzzy photo of the venue for the Hastings Christmas chess tournament,
just before the start of play on Sunday afternoon.

I was playing in the Minor section and scored 2.5/4, winning £20 prize
(£10 for joint third place, and £10 grading prize).
Should have at least drawn the last game, but was too tired at the end.
Was too tired for the New Year Morning tournament and scored only 1.5/5.
Recovered for the Weekend tournament scoring 2.5/5,
but tired at the end again.
Next year must remember not to enter the weekday event!

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Sunset Skies

Two contrasting photos from roughly the same position on the promenade in St Leonards. The first taken on 8th December the second on 25th December this year.
A few weeks ago I observed a very unusual sunset sky, but did not have my camera with me at the time. The sun appeared as a red hemisphere above dark clouds. Since then I have periodically walked down to the seafront around that time in the evening for a constitutional walk, but a similar sky has not recurred. I find the sky-scapes over the sea here endlessly fascinating and beautiful.