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The 65th square

The secret of Grandmaster play is to make use of the hidden 65th square on the chess board. I'm sure you've all had the experience of having a piece come at you, apparently out of nowhere, to take one of your army. That piece came from the 65th square.

I can't show you the square, because it's not on the usual 8x8 grid system, but I can show you that it is there.

Playing for a win

Jonathan had a frustrating game recently, where his hopes of an interesting game with chances to win came to nothing. Have a play through this one and have see what you think.

Murray-Waley, 2011

With hindsight, the various exchanges and the symmetrical pawn formation with likely further exchanges of Rooks were strong drawing factors. So we can suggest:

The "two-minute rule"

We had a 4-board match this week where eight Division One chessplayers weren't clear enough about the rules to give much confidence in the knowledge of the rest of you... 

End of season newsletter 2011

Half-term seems to have come upon us very suddenly! We normally shut the club for the summer at the May half-term, as attendance drops off so quickly when Summer arrives. So the last club night of this season will be Friday May 27th.

We might have a chat on Friday about what you might want to happen next season – more matches? fewer matches? some more coaching?

The first club night of the new season will be on Friday 16th September 2011. I'll write to you all in September to confirm this.

Nagy vs Regis, Fri 13th May 2011

Training game with notes

[pgn]
[Event "Training"]
[Site "HSC"]
[Date "2011.05.13"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Nagy, Dan"]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C31"]
[PlyCount "56"]

{An interesting scrap. Both sides need to be sharper tactically!} 1. e4 (1.
Nc3 d5 2. e4 d4 3. Nce2 3... e5 {is the same line from a different move order.}
) 1... e5 (1... d5 2. Nc3 d4 3. Nce2 3... e5 {and again! The right plan in
this position is to play Ng3 quickly and park the Bf1 on a useful square - c4
or b5 - and then maybe Nf3 and/or f4}) 2. f4 d5 3. Nc3 (3. exd5 $1 3... e4 {

Nice things happen

Nice email from Robert Janninck:
I am a fan of your site. It helped me getting started with openings. In return I put the Italian game for you in chessbase format. For me when i see things happening on the board it always help, so i thougth maybe that will help others too.
...
My motivation: I like to help youre concept (site) to get better/easier and help others in having more fun in chess. Make it reachable and not for the money.
Thanks a million Robert!

Original handout: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/italian-game-beginners

Exeter win Peter Rooke Cup 2011 UPDATED 15th May

Bonzer report from Trefor Thynne, generous in defeat! With photos.

http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/News/dcca/dcca1.htm

I got a very nice letter from Trefor too.

P.S. I expect that link will contain more recent news at some point, let me know if it stops working.

P.P.S. Games added

P.P.P.S. Report stolen and appended

Massive niftiness

Simon has made some extremely nifty improvements to the PalView system. Please give it a whirl:

http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/x/games/gameview-test.htm?g=g33

If I don't hear about any problems, I'll make it the default viewer.

An exercise in punctuation

Charlie sent me this game for comment. I thought it would be interesting for us both to annotate. If you would like to join in, please assign each move of Black a symbol:
! = almost certainly the best move
!? = a good move among alternatives
?! = probably not the best move
? = clearly wrong

[pgn]
[Event "Ex Club Chship"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2011.04.19"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Bolt, graham"]
[Black "keen, charles"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[PlyCount "115"]

1. g3 d5 2. Bg2 Nf6 3. d3 e5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nf3 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. c3 O-O 8. O-O

John Brown's body of work

I was at the WECU Easter Congress in Exmouth today for the final round (news at http://chessdevon.co.uk/), and heard from Bill Frost that Brian Gosling has written a book about the problems of Dorset composer John Brown. And I thought if I hadn't heard about it, then perhaps you haven't too.

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