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Coaching Programme Summer 2015

Exeter Chess Club: Dr.Dave's Blog - Tue, 18/08/2015 - 00:00

Coaching Programme Summer 2015

Tuesdays 7.30pm Small Bar, Heavitree Social Centre

7th July Opening workshop (move orders in the Accelerated Dragon, home-made openings, suggestions from the floor) http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/opening-workshop-2015
14^th July: Passed Pawn Pandemonium http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/passed-pawn-pandemonium
21^st July: Tactical knockouts with Tim: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/tims-tactics
28^th July: Blunder-checking http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/blunder-proofing-your-game

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Coaching Programme Summer 2015

New posts - Tue, 18/08/2015 - 00:00

Coaching Programme Summer 2015

Tuesdays 7.30pm Small Bar, Heavitree Social Centre

7th July Opening workshop (move orders in the Accelerated Dragon, home-made openings, suggestions from the floor) http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/opening-workshop-2015
14^th July: Passed Pawn Pandemonium http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/passed-pawn-pandemonium
21^st July: Tactical knockouts with Tim: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/tims-tactics
28^th July: Blunder-checking http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/blunder-proofing-your-game

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"To take is a mistake" - tension in the chess position

New posts - Sat, 01/08/2015 - 23:38
"To take is a mistake" - tension in the chess position

I've heard this a lot recently -- is it true?
(SPOILER: often but not always)

Clarity and anxiety in junior chess

I see this played quite a lot in the Scotch Game at the junior club:

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[Event "Coaching"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015. 0. 0"]
[Round "?"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "*"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4+=
*

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White's Queen occupies a fine central square and cannot be bothered by
Black's minor pieces.

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Blunder-proofing your game

New posts - Thu, 30/07/2015 - 21:25

Three quite shocking examples from junior chess.

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[Event "Blunder-proofing"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015"]
[Round "?"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "*"]
[FEN "r2q1rk1/1pp2ppp/p6B/3pPb2/1n1P4/5NQ1/PPP2PPP/R4RK1 b - - "]
[Setup "1"]

1...Nxc2?? 2.Qxg7#

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[Event "Blunder-proofing"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015"]
[Round "?"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "*"]
[FEN "r3kb1r/ppp1pppp/8/3q4/3N4/7P/PPPPbPP1/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 0 10"]
[Setup "1"]

10.Qxe2?? (10.Nxe2!) *

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[pgn]
[Event "Blunder-proofing"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015"]
[Round "?"]

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Passed Pawn Pandemonium

New posts - Wed, 15/07/2015 - 22:37
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[Event "passed pawns"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015. 0. 0"]
[Round "?"]
[White "PPPvsppp"]
[Black "breakthrough"]
[Result "*"]
[FEN "k7/5ppp/8/5PPP/8/8/8/K7 w - - 0 1"]
[Setup "1"]

{A familiar idea} *

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*

[pgn]
[Event "Chess Choice Challenge"]
[Site "Test 1/18"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "KNPPPP"]
[Black "KNPPP"]
[Result "*"]
[FEN "5n2/7p/4pNp1/4P1P1/5P1P/4k3/1K6/8 w - - 0 1"]
[Setup "1"]

{Our analysis ran:}

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Opening Workshop 2015

New posts - Thu, 09/07/2015 - 23:36
A bit of perspective

Your opening choices are determined by:

Your style: are you a Steady Eddie or a Bonkers Billie?

Your memory: can you commit the key traps and variations to memory?

Your study time: can you find and absorb what you need to play this system well?

Your aims: are you trying to get a playable position? are you trying to
set your opponent problems, so they make a mistake? are you inviting
your opponent to waltz with you blindfold on the edge of a cliff? are
you trying to lure them into unfamiliar territory, or a trap?

Trouble with b6

"I'm having trouble getting ...b6 to work against 1.e4"

1.e4 b6

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[Event "Coaching"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015. 0. 0"]
[Round "?"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "*"]
[FEN "rnbqkbnr/p1pppppp/1p6/8/4P3/8/PPPP1PPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 2"]
[Setup "1"]

*

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"I'm not surprised!"

Any opening is only as good as the ideas you bring to it. I don't think
I heard much from you about what your ideas were in playing ...b6: what
sort of position do you hope to get to play?

The ideas behind some systems can be pretty straightforward - for
example, I think the Evans Gambit and the French Defence and the Colle
System can be picked up pretty quickly by club players, and the extra
ideas you need as your opponents get better at meeting your new opening
can be added fairly easily. The French Defence in particular often
leads to the same sort of pawn structure (white Pd4 Pe5 vs black Pd5
Pe6), so, even if you don't recognise the exact variation, you can still
have a good idea about the best plans for both sides.

1...b6 is a rarity - you will struggle to find many books to read, or
games to follow. If you look it up in the books, you will find most of
the lines end in +=. The ideas behind the opening are hard to find or
understand: I think it can be best interpreted as a hypermodern defence,
letting White occupy the centre then hoping to get play later, either by
deciding on your own central setup once you have seen what White has
done, or using the centre as a target. I think it ends up as += because
that is hard to do! Also, you aren't going to get the same structures
and ideas in each game, and you are going to lose games that you don't
understand.

My advice: pick something else!

[h3]

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Things to take to a chess tournament

New posts - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 23:22
As before, mostly to help me, but might help you,comments invited.

PER SECTION/ROOM

pairing cards

tournament sheet

pairing software?

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Things to say before a junior chess tournament

New posts - Mon, 15/06/2015 - 09:03
Notes for my own benefit!  But might benefit you... Comments invited.

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Cotswold Congress 23-25 May 2015

Exeter Chess Club: Dr.Dave's Blog - Sat, 23/05/2015 - 15:05

Cotswold Congress

At King’s School, Gloucester, Whitsun Bank Holiday, 23rd – 25th May 2015

Cotswold Congress 23-25 May 2015

New posts - Sat, 23/05/2015 - 15:05

Cotswold Congress

At King’s School, Gloucester, Whitsun Bank Holiday, 23rd – 25th May 2015

Exeter Juniors 1-3 Exeter School 22nd May 2015

Exeter Chess Club: Dr.Dave's Blog - Sat, 23/05/2015 - 09:46

Exeter Juniors 1-3 Exeter School 22nd May 2015

default 0-1 Leif HAFSTAD
Ethan HWANG 1-0 Henry COLEMAN
Felix WATTS 0-1 Redmond COLEMAN
Ned RICHARDS 0-1 Nick ARMSTRONG

In a close match, where many of the players relied for support on a
mysterious brown elixir, the visiting team had an early boost when the
home team top board didn't arrive.

It looked as though the home team was going to score a rapid equaliser
when a mate-in-one appeared on board 3, but the opportunity passed by.
The material balance wobbled several times before Redmond found a

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Exeter Juniors 1-3 Exeter School 22nd May 2015

New posts - Sat, 23/05/2015 - 09:46

Exeter Juniors 1-3 Exeter School 22nd May 2015

default 0-1 Leif HAFSTAD
Ethan HWANG 1-0 Henry COLEMAN
Felix WATTS 0-1 Redmond COLEMAN
Ned RICHARDS 0-1 Nick ARMSTRONG

In a close match, where many of the players relied for support on a
mysterious brown elixir, the visiting team had an early boost when the
home team top board didn't arrive.

It looked as though the home team was going to score a rapid equaliser
when a mate-in-one appeared on board 3, but the opportunity passed by.
The material balance wobbled several times before Redmond found a

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Re: Fwd: [exeterchessclub] Summaer Coaching Sessions 2013

Exeter Chess Yahoo Group - Sun, 14/07/2013 - 23:57
... Well done Pike, I was wondering who would be the first to spot that... Dr D Mainwaring

Summaer Coaching Sessions 2013

Exeter Chess Yahoo Group - Fri, 12/07/2013 - 22:52
We've had some requests for sessions and I propose to operate as follows: 7.30pm kickoff, in the small bar 15th July Middlegame gym 22nd July Opening Workshop

Fwd: Chess player in Honiton

Exeter Chess Yahoo Group - Tue, 09/07/2013 - 22:53
*Hi folks Anyone fancy a go at this one? * ... volunteer to play chess with people who are isolated in their homes ? ... I'll put you in touch if you do.

Re: John Humphrys on chess

Exeter Chess Yahoo Group - Wed, 19/06/2013 - 20:05
... As normal as they get... Once the playoffs for the club championships are over, I'm planning to do some sessions with a coaching purpose. cheers D

Re: John Humphrys on chess

Exeter Chess Yahoo Group - Wed, 19/06/2013 - 20:04
... We might even be employing people over the summer... I'll have a word with my fellow Director, Angela, on Friday, and get back to you. cheers D

Re: John Humphrys on chess

Exeter Chess Yahoo Group - Wed, 19/06/2013 - 15:51
apologies for my e-mail, it was meant for just Dave ________________________________ From: Dr Dave Regis To:

Re: John Humphrys on chess

Exeter Chess Yahoo Group - Wed, 19/06/2013 - 09:04
I didn't know Dominic lawson was a chess player.   By the way Dave you couldn't make use of an 18-year old at work for a few hours a week for a few weeks
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Chess Quotes

There is, of course, a very famous saying from Rueben Fine:
"I'd rather have a pawn than a finger."

  It's often quoted during analysis.

  One of my favorite sayings, though, came as a response to this.

  About 40 players were watching an online broadcast of a major match.

  One of the players was a pawn down, and there was some argument as to how much compensation the other had.

  One of the masters present quoted Fine, "As Reuben Fine said, "I'd rather have a pawn than a finger."

— -- Duif