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Said the Elephant to the Bishop...

Sat, 28/05/2016 - 12:35

"What's this piece called?"
"A Bishop. What is it in Spanish, Sophie?"
"Alfil"
"And in French, Agathe?"
"Fou"

Therein lies a story...

The old Arab form of chess had a piece called the elephant, which, unlike most elephants I know, could jump two squares at a time, diagonally. And 'al-fil' means the Elephant in Arabic (Pil in Persian).

But if you have a lump of stone, or wood, and you want to show that it is an elephant, you might carve two curving lines on it for tusks, or make two points on it to show the same.

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Cotswold Chess Congress 2016

Sat, 28/05/2016 - 00:00

Cotswold Chess Congress

The event will be staged at King’s School in Gloucester over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend – May 28th – 30th. Our website is at http://cotswoldcongress.co.uk/

U14 games 2016

Wed, 06/04/2016 - 21:55

[pgn]
[Event "U14 Jamboree"]
[Site "Churchill School Somerset"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Leif Hafstad"]
[Black "Ben Choo Yin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B22"]
[Annotator "Regis,Dave"]
[PlyCount "68"]

{You made a couple of second-best moves in the opening and then missed a
skewer. You later worked up a nice initiative the exchange down, but you
didn't have quite enough attack or enough time.} 1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5
4. d4 e6 {[#]} 5. Bc4 (5. Nf3 {is nearly always played: Bxd5 is not much of a

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Dr.Dave's Adventures at East Devon, 2014

Mon, 28/03/2016 - 20:03

I still don't understand why anyone plays the Exchange, except that I
keep getting worse positions against it! Giles has been working on his
chess and is now a serious danger to anyone... I was lucky to find the
cheapo on move 32.

[pgn]
[Event "E. Devon Open"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2014.02.28"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Body, Giles"]
[Black "Regis, David"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C01"]
[PlyCount "71"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Bd6 6. Qb3 Nge7 7. Ne2 O-O 8.
O-O Re8 9. Be3 Bg4 10. Qc2 h6 11. Ng3 Qd7 12. f3 Bxg3 13. hxg3 Bf5 14. Nd2 Bxd3

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Dr.Dave's Adventures at East Devon, 2000

Mon, 28/03/2016 - 19:56

This tournament somehow escaped record until 2016... I was going through a 1.e4 phase in a vain attempt to sharpen my game.

{It's always nice to start a tournament with a win. White plays the
theoretically-pointless Exchange French and gets a standard IQP attacking
position out of it. Surprisingly, everything worked out well for me, Black
never getting any counterplay going despite a cheeky Rook manoeuvre.}

[pgn]
[Event "Exeter Premier"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2000.03.03"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Regis, D."]
[Black "Evans, DK."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C01"]
[WhiteElo "1816"]

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Dr.Dave's Adventures at East Devon 2016

Mon, 28/03/2016 - 14:06

Friday night:
My entry to our local congress is sometimes deranged by family visits,
but an expectedly free weekend allowed another excursion in Exeter's
St.George's Hall, now renamed the Corn Exchange.

[It's about as big a hall as a corn exchange would be, but Exeter is a
wool town, not a grain one, and this unhistoric renaming of a post-war
building rather makes me wince. Not as much as the chess, though...]

I have played less this season, quite deliberately; I've been finding
evening chess very hard, and in October even lost to a club member graded

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"How hard can it be?"