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Cotswold Congress 23-25 May 2015

Sat, 23/05/2015 - 14:05

Cotswold Congress

At King’s School, Gloucester, Whitsun Bank Holiday, 23rd – 25th May 2015

DJCA LAST CHANCE SALOON 2015 - UK Chess Challenge Megafinal Qualifier

Fri, 01/05/2015 - 23:00

I hope your school runs a Chess Challenge competition this Spring, and I hope you qualify! But if one of those things is not true, there is always the...


UK Schools Chess Challenge
9:30am Saturday 2nd May 2015 at Kenn Centre, KENNFORD, EX4 1JT
ENTRY FEE £10.00 (please make cheques payable to DJCA)

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The most important mistake in chess

Thu, 26/03/2015 - 18:41
I have been writing about the games from the U14 county team events for many years now (12) and often end up saying the same things. This year we had a couple of particularly clear examples of "the most important mistake in chess" ... which is: ignoring your opponent's threats! Here's a simple example: Black has just played 14...Nb4 and White replied with 15.Bh6

Black went ahead with their plan to gobble the c-pawn: 15...Nxc2??

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U14 Training Day 14th February 2014

Sun, 15/02/2015 - 10:46
U14 Training Day 14th February 2015

Thanks to everyone who came yesterday and made such a good effort.

The slideshow I used is attached for you to download.

The free book and database is here:

The software you need for different systems to read the database is linked here:

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Club Championship 2014/15

Tue, 27/01/2015 - 18:37
Club Championship 2014/15 - Crosstable after Round 2 ID NAME Grd T Fed Pts | 1 2 3 -------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Tim Paulden 185 NC --- 2.0 | +B10 +W6 B4 2 Dave Regis 176 NC --- 2.0 | +W11 +B7 W3 3 Lorenz Hartmann 170 NC --- 2.0 | +B12 +W9 B2 4 Giles Body 169 NC --- 2.0 | +W13 +B18 W1 5 Jon Duckham 152 NC --- 1.5 | =B14 +W10 B8 6 Sean Pope 144 NC --- 1.0 | +W15 -B1 W11 7 Charlie Keen 14

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Exeter 4.5-3.5 Newton Abbot Peter Rooke Cup Sat 10th Jan 2015

Sat, 10/01/2015 - 22:51

1 Waters, Simon (B) 1/2-1/2 Brooks, Paul (W)
2 Frangleton, Andy (W) 0-1 Hui, M (B)
3 Pope, Sean 1/2-1/2 Kinder, Andrew
4 Dobber, Piet 1-0 Taylor, Wiilf
5 Waley, Jonathan 1/2-1/2 Ramesh, Vignesh
6 Marjoram, Will 1/2-1/2 Allen, John
7 Palmer, Eddy 1/2-1/2 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie
8 Whittington, Reece 1-0 Narayanan, Nandaja 4.5-3.5

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How to lose at losing chess

Sun, 21/12/2014 - 22:31
    ( {The simplest loss is} 1.d4?? e5 2.dxe5 Qg5 3.Qxd7 Bxd7 4.Bxg5 Kd8 5.Bxd8 a6 6.Bxc7 Ra7 7.Bxb8           
    b6 8.Bxa7 a5 9.Bxb6 g6 10.Bxa5 Bb4 11.Bxb4 Ne7 12.Bxe7 Rf8 13.Bxf8 h6           

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Things to have available at a chess match

Sat, 06/12/2014 - 11:41
  • milk
  • tea
  • coffee
  • sugar
  • biscuits/snacks
  • tables
  • light
  • heat

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Chess Quotes

"The technician, whose vocabulary has been doubled by Dr. Euwe, will find that White could have saved his soul by a desperado combination. Had this failure anything to do with the fact that Dr. Euwe's terminology was not yet existent at that time!?"
— Reinfeld, to Thomas-Euwe, Carlsbad 1929.