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Coaching Summer 2014

Tue, 08/07/2014 - 22:06

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
29 Jul - Endgames for investigation
05 Aug - The art of self-defence
12 Aug - DR not available
19 Aug -
26 Aug -

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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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Lessons in Philidor's Defence - live action version

Sat, 07/06/2014 - 14:35

This page is a play-through version of
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/lessons-philidors-defence

[pgn]
[Event "Lessons in Philidor's Defence"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2014.06.07"]
[Round "1"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "Philidor"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "C41"]

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Exeter Juniors 1-3 Broadclyst Primary 6th June 2014

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 00:00

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
squad.

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.

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Think twice (or thrice...)

Wed, 04/06/2014 - 21:15

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

[pgn]
[Event "Apocryphal"]
[Site "Prague"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Alekhin"]
[Black "Nazi General"]
[Result "1-0"]
[FEN "6k1/5pp1/5b2/5N1Q/3r4/1P6/P1Pq4/1K5R b - - 0 1"]
[Setup "1"]

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FEN2diag.pl: a Perl script to convert FEN chess positions to human-readable diagrams

Thu, 29/05/2014 - 00:04

FEN2diag.pl 1.0
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A Perl script for converting FEN position notation into a human-readable
8x8 chessboard diagram (or rather, a 10x10 diagram useable with the
Alpine typefaces, Linares/Hastings/Zurich).

It's not pretty but it's useful and it works. Developed after
discovering no obvious way to get diagrams into printable game
annotations on an Ubuntu system.

[I expect there is some alternative magic involving TeX but it was beyond
my skills and patience.]

How it works
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Run the script (open a command terminal and run "perl FEN2diag.pl". It

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The Devon U14 Chess team

Sun, 25/05/2014 - 17:50

The Devon U14 Team does battle each year against other teams from the West of England and South Wales. I have been providing a bit of feedback on their games over the while, and the collected comments are below. They're a sort of battle manual for junior chess, and I hope everyone will find something to help their chess here. There is a list of topics underneath and a list of tips at the back of most booklets. If you read a tip and don't understand it, look up the position in the booklet. Any questions? Drop me a line or sign up and comment underneath.

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Wales and West of England Junior Championships 2014 - U14 jamboree

Sun, 25/05/2014 - 17:45

Photo and game notes attached

Dear Team

Well done! We won the Eustis U14 cup for the first time since 2006, and
did so with a thumping score.

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Exeter Club Championship & Rapidplay Tournament 2013-2014

Sat, 24/05/2014 - 22:11
Updated 5th June 2014 (Championships completed)

Please join me in heartily congratulating Dave Regis who won the Championship outright with an unbeaten 5/6!

Giles Body claims second with 4.5/6 - again unbeaten - a great result to add to his triumph in the club's Rapidplay Championship, which he "blitzed" with a jawdropping 8.5/9. Well done Giles!

Many congratulations also to Jonathan Waley who achieved a splendid joint third (with 3.5/6) despite having the third-lowest grade in the tournament - he is awarded this year's General title.

TJP

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Exeter Juniors 3-1 Torquay Boys Friday 2nd May 2014

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:07

Exeter Juniors 3-1 Torquay Boys Friday 2nd May 2014

Edmund Kelly (B) 1-0 Yul Lee (W)
Taylor Finch 1-0 Alex Lee
Leif Hafstad 1-0 Ben Sturt
Codie Finch 0-1 Jakub Kubiak

The home side scored a quick win when Taylor Finch picked
up the black Queen using an ancient trap in the French Defence, but the visitors equalised soon after when Jakub Kubiak's threat to the enemy King was ignored.

Leif Hafstad was never in trouble with his own French Defence, and was
happy to collect one pawn after another in a game where White
never looked comfortable.

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Exeter Juniors 3-1 Torquay Boys Friday 2nd May 2014

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 00:07

Exeter Juniors 3-1 Torquay Boys Friday 2nd May 2014

Edmund Kelly (B) 1-0 Yul Lee (W)
Taylor Finch 1-0 Alex Lee
Leif Hafstad 1-0 Ben Sturt
Codie Finch 0-1 Jakub Kubiak

The home side scored a quick win when Taylor Finch picked
up the black Queen using an ancient trap in the French Defence, but the visitors equalised soon after when Jakub Kubiak's threat to the enemy King was ignored.

Leif Hafstad was never in trouble with his own French Defence, and was
happy to collect one pawn after another in a game where White
never looked comfortable.

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Last Chance Saloon 2014 - Megafinal Qualifier

Tue, 29/04/2014 - 10:43

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...

LAST CHANCE SALOON

UK Schools Chess Challenge
9:30am Saturday 10th May at Bowhill School, Exeter, EX4 1JT
ENTRY FEE £9.00 (please make cheques payable to DJCA)

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Chess Quotes

" It is often supposed that, apart from their 'extraordinary powers of memory', expert players have phenomenal powers of calculation. The beginner believes that experts can calculate dozens of moves ahead and he will lose to them only because he cannot calculate ahead so far. Yet this is utter nonsense. From my own experience I can say that grandmasters do not do an inordinate amount of calculating. Tests (notably de Groot's experiments) supports me in this claim.
— David NORWOOD, Chess and Education