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What are the odds?

Sat, 04/10/2014 - 19:49

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

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Club Champion Simul 30th Sept 2014

Tue, 30/09/2014 - 22:46

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

5.5-8.5

Simul by England Junior Theo Slade 8th July 2014

Mon, 08/09/2014 - 19:58

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).

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Coaching Summer 2014

Tue, 29/07/2014 - 15:14

Coaching Sessions Summer 2014
24 Jun - Openings workshop
01 Jul - Rook and Pawn Endgames
08 Jul - Getting better at chess
15 Jul - Theo Slade Simul
22 Jul - Blunder-proofing your game

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Opening Workshop 2014

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 22:04

Work in progress...

How to decide if the Dutch Defence is good for you
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Just taking the Dutch Defence as an example...

Do you think it suits you? (Do your friends think it suits you?)
Do the ideas you read about go into your memory?
Do the ideas you remember actually turn up in your games?
Do you get good results with it?
Do the results in your games have anything to do with the opening?
Can your opponents avoid the lines you like to play?

Philidor's Defence -- see recent post
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Rook and Pawn endgames strike back

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 22:01

I've done more than one session on this topic in the past, so the
examples are all already on the website, but some pointers for newcomers
might be helpful:

A. Many Rook and Pawns endgames can be judged as win or drawn at a
glance, some are more critical. Some basic cases with one side a pawn
up have been worked out and must be learned:

1. Philidor's position shows how to draw when your King has control of
the Queening square.

2. Lucena's positions shows how to win when the defending King does not
have control of the Queening square.

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Chess Quotes

"To play with correctness and skill the ends of games, is an important but a very rare accomplishment, expect among the magnates of the game."
— Howard STAUNTON, The Chess-Players' Handbook 1847 (Plus ca change...)