I used to play a bit up to the age of about 12. I was in the school team. Club? Team? We used to go these tournaments at other schools. Peter Foster was our Messi, an absolute whizz. He’d tut and shake his head if his opponent made a bad move, then go for the throat as he was about four moves ahead. His advice was always, ‘Castle early and build from there’. Yeh, cheers Pete.
He had a big row with his opponent over the ‘en passant’ rule that no-one else had heard of. Got a bit brutal. Teachers were involved.That was the same tournament that the lad I was playing replaced his king with a plastic smurf. ’Do what you like mate, I’ll still beat you.' I did too, castled early y’see.