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William Ewart Napier

Lockdown and subsequent restrictions have given me time to browse the dustier reaches of my chess library, including Napier's Paul Morphy and the Golden Age of Chess, a compilation of his three booklets Amenities and Background of Chess, each a selection of 100 lightly annotated games to amuse and provide an educative ABC. Horowitz edited this combined work and commented:

Reflections on chess resources

I started coaching adults at the Exeter club in 1993, about the same time as Alan Maynard started up the current incarnation of Exeter Junior Chess Club. I went looking for some useful resources for teaching, and there were some, but mostly I became a magpie, picking shiny bits out of various good books. I did find it irksome that so many books repeated familiar examples, and I thought I could at least pull those out for my colleagues, and that became the core of the Canon. I found particularly useful:
* Tony Gillam - Simple Chess Tactics and Simple Checkmates

Peter Rooke Cup FINAL Sat 19th May 2018 Exeter 2½-5½ Newton Abbot

(A) Exeter 2½-5½ Newton Abbot (H)

Graham Bolt 196 (B) ½-½ Paul Brooks 170 (W)
Dave Regis 166 (W) ½-½ Alan Brusey 158 (B)
Sean Pope 140 ½-½ Vignesh Ramesh
Tony Hart 135 0-1 Andrew Kinder
John Guard 130 ½-½ John Allen
Will Marjoram 128 ½-½ Jacquie Barber-Lafon
John Maloney 108 0-1 Mike Hussey
Brian Aldwin 88 0-1 Z Grophulous

Exeter 2½-5½ Newton Abbot

Games to follow

Exeter retain Bremridge Cup 2017-18

            Exeter 6-0 Newton Abbot

1 Tim PAULDEN (W)  1-0 Trefor THYNNE (B)
2 Paul O'NEILL (B) 1-0 Charles HOWARD (W)
3 Lorenz HARTMANN  1-0 Wilf TAYLOR
4 Chris LOWE       1-0 John ALLEN
5 Leif HAFSTAD     1-0 Jacquie BARBER-LAFON
6 Dave REGIS       1-0 Mike HUSSEY

Newton Abbot weren't able to field their strongest team against an Exeter home side who were looking to put the title beyond doubt.

Mike Hussey dropped a Bishop very early but attacked strongly until Dave found a goalmouth save.

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