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DCCA Individual Competitions 2016/17

Wed, 14/06/2017 - 19:33

DCCA Individual Competitions 2016/17

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International Junior Challenge Match Sat 8th April

Sun, 09/04/2017 - 22:25
MindSports International International Junior Challenge Match Sat 8th April

Exeter Juniors vs Philadelphia ASAP
1 Nick (Black) 1-0 Srisa (White)
2 Vignesh (White) 0-1 Shira (Black)
3 Reece 0-1 Elijah
4 Agnes 0-1 Manas
5 Josh 0-1 Sammy
6 Quillan 0-1 Linda
7 Ned 1-0 Amy

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The Trebuchet

Sun, 26/03/2017 - 00:06

In an all-parent encounter last week, the players stumbled upon this position, known as the Trebuchet. A trebuchet is a big wooden catapult, and its connection with this position is not known, except that it may catapult a player from joy to despair...

Normally, it's an advantage for it to be your turn so you can get on with your plan, but in this position, whoever has to move next, loses! Can you see how?

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Chess Quotes

from: The Psychology of the Chess Player
— Reuben FINE (the man who put the 'anal' into analysis)
"Chess is a contest between two men in which there is considerable ego-involvement. In some way it certainly touches upon the conflicts surrounding aggression, homosexuality, masturbation and narcissism which become particularly prominent in the anal-phallic phases of development. From the standpoint of id psychology, Jones' observations can therefore be confirmed, even enlarged upon. Genetically, chess is more often than not taught to the boy by his father, or a father-substitute, and thus becomes a means of working out the son-father rivalry."

So now you know... It's easy to be dismissive of this, but if you don't think there's anything in it, and are not easily offended, then I invite you to look at a few statements quoted in Dominic Lawson's The Inner Game. The most obvious caution against a psychodynamic interpretation of chess is that Short's anal rape fantasies here seem anything but "unconscious" or "repressed"!