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Happiness

"Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby!", said GBS, but typically there's not a lot of overlap between my day job in health and education and my pastime of chess.

Then two come along at once :)

My colleague David McGeorge called to my attention to some research about going second, which looked at penalty shoot-outs and the game of chess.

Two from the top and the rest small, please Carol

Penny dropped: it's the Countdown numbers game!

There's a special captain's treat that I save for myself, which is picking the teams for the Peter Rooke Cup. I'm after the best team of 8 players for the matches from the available pool, who together are inside the grading limit of 1120 (formerly 1000).

After some fiddling with a spreadsheet, I managed to hit exactly the limit of 1120 this year, one chap dropped out, then the closest I could get was 1119, which is still pretty good.

Then today our opponents cancelled because of Weather, so I have to start again...

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Winning Chess for Humans

Woof

Occasionally, two unconnected bits of the world collide in the space between my ears, which can make me laugh.

I don't know if Nigel Short still refers to Judit Polgar as 'Lassie'.

Been there...

Half Man Half Biscuit - Bad Losers On Yahoo Chess
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzKdtMGBphY

Blumenfeld's Rule

Co-ordination (again)

Left over from the summer, some examples with light notes from a session on Co-ordination

We've moved!

Exeter Chess Club meets Tuesdays 7:00pm at Heavitree Social Club, Wingfield Park, 2 East Wonford Hill, Exeter [MAP]

Juniors meet 5:30-7:00pm, Tuesdays Sept-May

Tel.Simon Waters (President) (01395) 233 280
Tel.Sean Pope (Secretary) (01392) 436 420
Tel.Dave Regis (Juniors) (01392) 431 785

The Initiative

Thinking

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Chess Quotes

"A discussion between the top management of the firm Audi and grandmasters Darga, Schmid and Pfleger dealt with the similarities and differences between chess-oriented thinking and the thinking processes required in business, and in particular whether one can benefit from the other. The question arose as to how a chess master actually discovers his moves. Dr. Pfleger was of the opinion that in the last analysis nobody fully knows the reasoning by which he arrives at a certain move.
— PFLEGER and TREPPNER, Chess: the mechanics of the mind