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).
Work in progress...
How to decide if the Dutch Defence is good for you
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
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.
This page is a play-through version of
[Event "Lessons in Philidor's Defence"]
Having won our other two matches, we went into our last game with league
victory assured, and so we ventured a younger team against Broadclyst
Primary School, who for so long have been the core of Devon's junior
When Ethan missed the start and Henry out-tricked himself, it looked as
though we were going to struggle for any sort of result. Oliver set up
a solid fortress while Redmond went fishing for chances against his
opponent's King. After Redmond hooked a mate and Oliver's castle was
breached, we went home with just one point.
As part of a chess program on television an extract from Kotov's book 'The White and the Black' was shown. The scene depicts Alekhin giving a simultaneous display against 30 German officers of the General staff in occupied Prague in 1943. The last game to finish is against Obersturbannfuhrer Spak. 'I resign', declares the German officer
[Black "Nazi General"]
[FEN "6k1/5pp1/5b2/5N1Q/3r4/1P6/P1Pq4/1K5R b - - 0 1"]