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How to beat your Dad at chess

[pgn]
[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.01.21"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Sequiera, Alfie"]
[Black "Sequiera, Alistair"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C53"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2018.01.21"]

{No problems for White here: there are a couple of points in the opening you
could have another look at.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 d6 5. d4 exd4
{So far, so good!} 6. Nxd4 ({The idea of c3 is to take over the centre, and
you can do that with a gain of time here after} 6. cxd4 Bb6 7. Nc3 $16) 6...

Some basic openings

You have to be able to make a decent start in a game of chess, or you risk being blown away by your opponent's better development. Knowing a few openings in a bit of detail is some insurance against traps and ideas that you haven't seen before.

So, here are some variations in common openings that you can -- and should -- learn. At each turn, try and learn not just what is the right move(s) but why that move is preferred.

[pgn]
[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.01.30"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Felix"]
[Black "Openings"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "C54"]
[PlyCount "11"]

DCCA Division 1 Bremridge: Newton Abbot 1-5 Exeter 16.12.17

DCCA Division 1 Bremridge: Newton Abbot v Exeter 16.12.17: game scores
%Created by Caissa's Web PGN Editor
Newton Abbot (Home) White on odd boards

[pgn]
[Event "Bremridge Newton Abbot v Exeter Board 1"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2017.12.16"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Stephen Homer"]
[Black "Paul O'Neill"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteELO "181"]
[BlackELO "188"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. c3 Nf6 4. h3 Nbd7 5. Bd3 g6 6. O-O Bg7 7. Bc2 O-O 8. d4
e5 9. dxe5 dxe5 10. c4 b6 11. Nc3 Bb7 12. Qe2 h6 13. Rd1 Qe7 14. Ba4 Rfd8 15.

Exeter 5-3 East Budleigh Sat 28th Oct 2017

Exeter 5-3 East Budleigh Sat 28th Oct 2017

Chris Lowe 176 (W) 0-1 Keith Arkell 237 (B)

Dave Regis 166 ½-½ Kevin Hurst 173

Leif Hafstad 159 0-1 Brian Gosling 154

Sean Pope 143 ½-½ Jonathan Waley E130

Ian Simpson 130 1-0 Barbara Newcombe 92

Eddy Palmer 129 1-0 Mike Lee 85

Ed Kelly 114 1-0 Tom Miner 62

Brian Aldwin 88 1-0 Max Lee 61

The newly minted East Budleigh club hosted our Peter Rooke Knockout match last Saturday.

Champion vs Challengers 2017

On 10 October 2017, club champion Tim Paulden took on 13 challengers in Exeter Chess Club's traditional start-of season simul.

Results:
1. TP 1-0 Ken Bourne (w/d)
2. TP 1-0 Quillan Wilson (w/d)
3. TP 0-1 Giles Body [best game prize]
4. TP 0.5-0.5 Sean Pope
5. TP 1-0 Harry Walker
6. TP 1-0 Richard Player (w/d)
7. TP 1-0 Richard Scholes
8. TP 0.5-0.5 Will Marjoram
9. TP 1-0 John Guard
10. TP 1-0 Brian Aldwin
11. TP 0.5-0.5 Paul O'Neill
12. TP 0.5-0.5 Leif Hafstad (w/d - draw agreed)
13. TP 0-1 Ian Simpson

Final score:
Champion: 9 Challengers: 4

Board 9 (vs Guard) had a particularly exciting finish, with White's attack beating Black's rampant a-pawn by one tempo:

r-----k-
--n---qp
----p-p-
-bPpN---
p--P-PNP
-r-BR-Q-
--------
--B---K-

The game continued 1. Bxb5 Rxe3 2. Bxe3 Nxb5 3. f5 exf5 4. Nh6+ Kf8 5. c6 a3 6. Nd7+ Ke8 7. Nxf5 Qh8 (diagram below)

r---k--q
---N---p
--P---p-
-n-p-N--
---P---P
p---B-Q-
--------
------K-

8. Nd6+ Nxd6 9. Qxd6 a2 10. Qe6+ Kd8 11. Bg5+ Kc7 12. Bf4+ Kc8 13. Nc5+ Kd8 14. Nb7#

Many thanks to all who participated, and especially to Dave who MC'd the night and logged the scores!

East Devon Congress 2018

2018 East Devon Congress: 23rd-25th February 2018, Exeter Corn Exchange

UPDATE: Please visit our new East Devon Chess Congress website at http://www.eastdevonchesscongress.com for full details.

DCCA Individual Competitions 2016/17


DCCA Individual Competitions 2016/17

International Junior Challenge Match Sat 8th April

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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Chess Quotes

"We perceive after a careful consideration of the evolution of the chess mind that such evolution has gone on, in general, in a way quite similar to that in which it goes on with the individual chess player, only with the latter more rapidly."
— Richard RETI