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Dr.Dave's Adventures at East Devon, 2014

I still don't understand why anyone plays the Exchange, except that I
keep getting worse positions against it! Giles has been working on his
chess and is now a serious danger to anyone... I was lucky to find the
cheapo on move 32.

[pgn]
[Event "E. Devon Open"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2014.02.28"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Body, Giles"]
[Black "Regis, David"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C01"]
[PlyCount "71"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Bd6 6. Qb3 Nge7 7. Ne2 O-O 8.
O-O Re8 9. Be3 Bg4 10. Qc2 h6 11. Ng3 Qd7 12. f3 Bxg3 13. hxg3 Bf5 14. Nd2 Bxd3

Dr.Dave's Adventures at East Devon, 2000

This tournament somehow escaped record until 2016... I was going through a 1.e4 phase in a vain attempt to sharpen my game.

{It's always nice to start a tournament with a win. White plays the
theoretically-pointless Exchange French and gets a standard IQP attacking
position out of it. Surprisingly, everything worked out well for me, Black
never getting any counterplay going despite a cheeky Rook manoeuvre.}

[pgn]
[Event "Exeter Premier"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2000.03.03"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Regis, D."]
[Black "Evans, DK."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C01"]
[WhiteElo "1816"]

Dr.Dave's Adventures at East Devon 2016

Friday night:
My entry to our local congress is sometimes deranged by family visits,
but an expectedly free weekend allowed another excursion in Exeter's
St.George's Hall, now renamed the Corn Exchange.

[It's about as big a hall as a corn exchange would be, but Exeter is a
wool town, not a grain one, and this unhistoric renaming of a post-war
building rather makes me wince. Not as much as the chess, though...]

I have played less this season, quite deliberately; I've been finding
evening chess very hard, and in October even lost to a club member graded

Chess Quotes

"As Olafsson showed me, White can win... It's hard to believe. I stayed up all night analysing, finally convicing myself, and, incidentally, learning a lot about Rook and Pawn endings in the process."
— FISCHER