We welcome to the club a bunch of new members, among whom is Ian
Simpson, who comes to give us better weather, or, at least, better
Ian is a big gambit fan and is looking forward to the Rex Willis
Memorial Gambit Blitz Tournament in the Spring.
Ian has his own website which discusses lots of gambit lines:
Looks good! And essential revision material for the Rex Willis event...
[Event "E&D Premiership: Exmouth Elephants vs Exmouth Eagles, Board 1"]
[White "Steve Murray (Exmouth Elephants, Board 1)"]
[Black "Chris Scott (Exmouth Eagles, Board 1)"]
Congratulations to all prize-winners and participants at one of the largest and strongest events I have attended. The Under-15s in particular was a real shark-tank, with last year's prize-winners struggling to make an impression on the field of 30.
Our special parochial congratulations to Exeter's own Reece Whittington, U15 champion after many years of plugging away, and it couldn't happen to a nicer chap.
In the spirit of 'the best way to learn anything is to try and teach it to someone else', here goes:
DGT XL Clocks
Part 1: Loading and adjusting pre-set time controls
1.1. Turn on using the switch underneath the clock. The buttons on the top of the clock are, from left to right:
[ < / S ] back/store
[ - / d ] less/sound
( ' ) start/pause
[ + / ? ] more/moves
[ > / @ ] next/adjust
The only way to reset is the button underneath the clock: it's deliberately
We discussed odds-giving last Friday - that is, starting without one or more of your pieces.
I mentioned one of my favourite Lasker stories, where he teased a player who didn't know hime, which I quote from Chernev (1948):
Lasker `I think the odds of a Knight is an advantage to the odds-giver. You can get your Queen Rook into play quickly, and work up a strong attack. Let me try to give you a Knight odds.' Lasker's adversary assured him that at Knight odds, he (Lasker) would not have a chance. They tried a game though, and Lasker won. `You see,' said
Dave Regis took on all-comers on Tuesday and for once managed to extract a plus score. Congratulations to all those who took a point from him, and to last man standing John Guard.
Tim Paulden 0-1
Giles Body 1-0
Sean Pope 1-0
Will Marjoram 1/2
Charles Keen 1-0
Piet Dobber 1-0
Richard Scholes 0-1
John Guard 0-1
John Hoyle 0-1
Adel Salman 0-1
Louis Ten-Holter 0-1
Barry Page-Thomas 0-1
Tom Murray 0-1
On Tuesday 15 July, we were honoured to host a simultaneous display by 13-year-old Theo Slade, the region's most promising up-and-coming chess star. Theo is a key member of the England junior squad and has earned a grading of 179 in the recent ECF list, having been expertly coached by Dave Regis for many years.
On the night of the simul, eleven of our club regulars bravely lined up to face Theo, but in the end our two centuries of collective experience proved no match for the young whippersnapper, who scored a convincing 8 - 5 victory (including two return matches against Piet and Jon).