I've been slow to tune in to what's available on places like YouTube for chess instruction, but here's a start, and I'll add to it over the while.
Comments and recommendations welcome; if there's an obvious gap I might have a go myself.
Thanks to everyone who came and worked so hard all day on Saturday.
We hope you enjoyed the day and went away with lots to think about and
work on during the next year.
1. We have made a page with links about the day here:
2. I talked about a draft of a book I am working on and invited comments
about but I forgot to hand it out! If you'd like to see a copy let me know.
3. Thank you for your feedback about the day; further comments are
1 Tim PAULDEN (185) (B) 0-1 John FRASER (176) (W)
2 Giles BODY (163) (W) ½-½ Paul BROOKS (158) (B)
3 Andy FRANGLETON (147) ½-½ Andrew KINDER (151)
4 Sean POPE (142) 0-1 Vignesh RAMESH (141)
5 Reece WHITTINGTON (131) 0-1 Wilf TAYLOR (131)
6 William MARJORAM (115) 1-0 Jacquie BARBER-LAFON (122)
7 Richard PLAYER (115) ½-½ Joshua BLACKMORE (100)
8 Richard SCHOLES (111) 1-0 Michael HUSSEY (99)
TOTAL Exeter 3½-4½ Newton Abbot
Exeter visited Newton Abbot on Saturday and came away with some pride
but with second place.
[Event "DCCA Devon Championship 2015-16"]
[Site "Devon, England"]
[White "Hurst, Kevin"]
[Black "Hartmann, Lorenz"]
1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 O-O 6. e5 Nfd7 7. e6 fxe6 8. Ng5
Nb6 9. Be3 Nc6 10. Qd2 e5 11. fxe5 dxe5 12. d5 Nd4 13. O-O-O Nxd5 14. Bc4 c6
15. Rdf1 Bf5 16. h4 b5 17. Bxd5+ cxd5 18. Bxd4 exd4 19. Ne2 Rc8 20. Rxf5 Rxf5
21. Ne6 Qd6 22. Nxg7 Kxg7 23. h5 Rcf8 24. h6+ Kg8 25. Qxd4 Qe5 26. Qd3 Rf1+ 27.
You won't be surprised to hear that we won't be meeting
on Friday 25th Dec or Friday 1st January, so the neet meeting
will be Friday 8th January 2016
Thanks for all your support and best wishes for Christmas and New Year
Our Christmas card features a chess puzzle; see the comments for hints!
My young colleague Leif enjoys endgames, and has an endless curiosity about unbalanced endgames. So he asks:
can you win with three pawns against a Bishop?
how about a Knight?
what about two Knights?
A pattern we kept running into was:
united pawns on their start squares don't win against a piece (a)
united and *advanced* pawns win against a piece (b)
there are some special cases where the side with the piece can set up a blockade or fortressagainst advanced pawns (c)
[Event "Fortress (a)"]
Exeter 2-4 Tiverton (AWAY) Sun 1st Nov 2015
190 Lorenz Hartmann (W) 0-1 Jack Rudd 216
185 Tim Paulden (B) ½-½ Mike Richardt 187
180 David Regis 1-0 Kevin Hurst 183
179 Christopher Lowe ½-½ Brian Hewson 176
155 Matthew Best 0-1 Simon Bartlett 167
131 Piet Dobber 0-1 Ivor Annetts 153
Negotiations about the date seemed endless, but it was all decided
quickly on the day we visited Tiverton in our first Bremridge League
On top board, White played with ambition but not so much coordination
against the Semi-Slav, and allowed a quick Bd6-e5 trapping the Rook in