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Exeter Juniors vs Exeter School, 11th March 2011 (1-3)

Lots to enjoy in an evenly matched contest.

Board 1

{A well-played game by both sides. We don't see close endgames very often in
junior chess, and this was a fine one.}

[pgn]
[Event "Exeter Juniors vs. Exeter School"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.03.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Royle, James"]
[Black "Senior, Tom"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C50"]
[PlyCount "110"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 3... h6 {
Ooh, too slow. Playing quite that safe is dangerous!} 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Qf6
6. Be3 Bc5 7. c3 {White is a move ahead on the usual Scotch Game.} 7... b6 (

How to win with the Danish Gambit....

...when you are a piece down!

[Event "(Remove White's Queen Knight)"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1992.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Dorase"]
[Black "N.N."]
[Result "1-0"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/R1BQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "25"]
[EventDate "1992.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Bb4+ 5. c3 dxc3 6. O-O cxb2 7. Bxb2 Bf8
8. Re1 d6 9. e5 dxe5 10. Nxe5 Qxd1 11. Bxf7+ Ke7 12. Ng6+ Kxf7 13. Nxh8# 1-0

Plagiarists' Corner

I've just noticed that one of my favourite comedians, Stewart Lee, has a little bit of his website devoted to rip-offs of his work:
http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/plagiarists.htm

On a completely different topic, you might be interested to compare the design of a popular locally produced scorebook:
http://onionschess.atspace.com/tims.htm
...to that of a recently issued product from the other side of the country.

The simplest mutual full-point Zugzwangs

Tim came to the club buzzing with these a few weeks ago.

[Skip intro]

A Zugzwang (German: forced move) is a chess position where, if it's your turn to move, you lose, and if your opponent has the move, you might be OK.

Here's an example from one of my own games: anything White does loses. We say, White is in Zugzwang.

--------
p----p--
-p-bp---
r----k--
---P-P--
--P---K-
P----R--
B-------

Black can doodle happily with pawn moves, but any move of a white Pawn or piece loses at least a Pawn. White in fact threw himself on the sword with

Return Match against TBGS 11th Feb 2011

Another close match, well done to all!

Board 1

[pgn]

[Event "EJCC vs TBGS"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.02.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Worsey, Elliot"]
[Black "Royle, James"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C44"]
[PlyCount "50"]

{Black gets his King displaced early on and it gets caught by White's busy
pieces.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 {The Scotch Opening, a good system for
White which creates an immediate clash in the centre.} 3... d6 $6 {This allows
White to upset Black's development. I think you did that in your last game

Chess: the musical

...coming to the Princess Theatre, Torquay

"Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood directs an amazing cast in an extraordinary new staging of the classic musical CHESS."

…possibly the ultimate staging of Chess.” The Chronicle
"

Ancient chessplayers who remember the KK struggles of the late 1970s and early 1980s will find some echoes here.

Lyricist Tim Rice is apparently a chess player, although he seems to have let his grading lapse.

Read more:

http://www.princesstheatre.org.uk/prod-productions_details.asp?pid=2388&...

Let's chess again

From the UK Chess Challenge
http://www.ukchesschallenge.com/

Let's Chess Again:
http://www.2seeitlive.com/ukscc/ChessVid

"Sensational new chess video by Alex and Marcus of St Andrew's, Much Haddam, Herts"
http://www.ukchesschallenge.com/Music/LetsChessAgain.wmv

(via Trefor Thynne of Torquay Boys Grammar school)

Junior Chess Calendar

Always a pleasure

It's always a pleasure to have a chance to show these games to a new generation of chess players. Dan fancied learning about a more aggressive opening, and one of the ones we looked at was Evans' Gambit.

[pgn]
[Event "over loading"]
[Site "over loading"]
[Date "1963.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Fischer"]
[Black "Fine NY (skittles game)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C52"]
[PlyCount "33"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4 7. O-O dxc3 8.
Qb3 Qe7 9. Nxc3 Nf6 10. Nd5 Nxd5 11. exd5 Ne5 12. Nxe5 Qxe5 13. Bb2 13... Qg5 {

EJCC vs Torquay Boys' Grammar 21 Jan 2011

I was unsure whether to put in a team this year, but the squad put up an excellent fight last week to lose a close match to the visitors. The return fixture is in Fenruary.

I have the scores of two games:

[pgn]
[Event "EJCC vs TBGS"]
[Site "Heavitree Social Club"]
[Date "2011.01.21"]
[Round "1"]
[White "James"]
[Black "TBGS"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C00"]
[PlyCount "67"]

{Good play by Black early on gave White the worse position, but White
gradually swung it around to a winning endgame, yet slipped just as victory

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