We welcome to the club a bunch of new members, among whom is Ian
Simpson, who comes to give us better weather, or, at least, better
Ian is a big gambit fan and is looking forward to the Rex Willis
Memorial Gambit Blitz Tournament in the Spring.
Ian has his own website which discusses lots of gambit lines:
Looks good! And essential revision material for the Rex Willis event...
Congratulations to all prize-winners and participants at one of the largest and strongest events I have attended. The Under-15s in particular was a real shark-tank, with last year's prize-winners struggling to make an impression on the field of 30.
Our special parochial congratulations to Exeter's own Reece Whittington, U15 champion after many years of plugging away, and it couldn't happen to a nicer chap.
We discussed odds-giving last Friday - that is, starting without one or more of your pieces.
I mentioned one of my favourite Lasker stories, where he teased a player who didn't know hime, which I quote from Chernev (1948):
Lasker `I think the odds of a Knight is an advantage to the odds-giver. You can get your Queen Rook into play quickly, and work up a strong attack. Let me try to give you a Knight odds.' Lasker's adversary assured him that at Knight odds, he (Lasker) would not have a chance. They tried a game though, and Lasker won. `You see,' said
Dave Regis took on all-comers on Tuesday and for once managed to extract a plus score. Congratulations to all those who took a point from him, and to last man standing John Guard.
Tim Paulden 0-1
Giles Body 1-0
Sean Pope 1-0
Will Marjoram 1/2
Charles Keen 1-0
Piet Dobber 1-0
Richard Scholes 0-1
John Guard 0-1
John Hoyle 0-1
Adel Salman 0-1
Louis Ten-Holter 0-1
Barry Page-Thomas 0-1
Tom Murray 0-1
On Tuesday 15 July, we were honoured to host a simultaneous display by 13-year-old Theo Slade, the region's most promising up-and-coming chess star. Theo is a key member of the England junior squad and has earned a grading of 179 in the recent ECF list, having been expertly coached by Dave Regis for many years.
On the night of the simul, eleven of our club regulars bravely lined up to face Theo, but in the end our two centuries of collective experience proved no match for the young whippersnapper, who scored a convincing 8 - 5 victory (including two return matches against Piet and Jon).
Work in progress...
How to decide if the Dutch Defence is good for you
Just taking the Dutch Defence as an example...
Do you think it suits you? (Do your friends think it suits you?)
Do the ideas you read about go into your memory?
Do the ideas you remember actually turn up in your games?
Do you get good results with it?
Do the results in your games have anything to do with the opening?
Can your opponents avoid the lines you like to play?
Philidor's Defence -- see recent post
I've done more than one session on this topic in the past, so the
examples are all already on the website, but some pointers for newcomers
might be helpful:
A. Many Rook and Pawns endgames can be judged as win or drawn at a
glance, some are more critical. Some basic cases with one side a pawn
up have been worked out and must be learned:
1. Philidor's position shows how to draw when your King has control of
the Queening square.
2. Lucena's positions shows how to win when the defending King does not
have control of the Queening square.
Having won our other two matches, we went into our last game with league
victory assured, and so we ventured a younger team against Broadclyst
Primary School, who for so long have been the core of Devon's junior
When Ethan missed the start and Henry out-tricked himself, it looked as
though we were going to struggle for any sort of result. Oliver set up
a solid fortress while Redmond went fishing for chances against his
opponent's King. After Redmond hooked a mate and Oliver's castle was
breached, we went home with just one point.
Photo and game notes attached
Well done! We won the Eustis U14 cup for the first time since 2006, and
did so with a thumping score.