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DJCA LAST CHANCE SALOON 2015 - UK Chess Challenge Megafinal Qualifier

I hope your school runs a Chess Challenge competition this Spring, and I hope you qualify! But if one of those things is not true, there is always the...

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LAST CHANCE SALOON
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UK Schools Chess Challenge
9:30am Saturday 2nd May 2015 at Kenn Centre, KENNFORD, EX4 1JT
ENTRY FEE £10.00 (please make cheques payable to DJCA)

Exeter 2-6 Tiverton, Peter Rooke Final 25th April 2015

Exeter 2-6 Tiverton, Peter Rooke Final

1 Simon WATERS (165) [B] - Mike Richardt (184) [W]
2 Andy FRANGLETON (151) [W] - Brian HEWSON (174) [B]
3 Sean POPE (144) 1/2-1/2 Ivor ANNETTS (162)
4 Piet DOBBER (138) 0-1 Keith ATKINS (157)
5 Jonathan WALEY (135) 0-1 Jon DUCKHAM (152)
6 Will MARJORAM (132) 0-1 Stephen THORPE-TRACEY (104)
7 Eddy PALMER (131) 1/2-1/2 Joe FLANAGAN (99)
8 Reece WHITTINGTON (124) 0-1 Gregor FOTHERINGHAM (70E)
Exeter 2-6 Tiverton

Tiverton established an early lead in the middle order, and some

Coleman Brothers

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[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Coleman, Henry"]
[Black "Wallman, James"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C55"]
[PlyCount "75"]

The most important mistake in chess

I have been writing about the games from the U14 county team events for many years now (12) and often end up saying the same things. This year we had a couple of particularly clear examples of "the most important mistake in chess" ... which is:

ignoring your opponent's threats!

Here's a simple example:
r--q-rk-
-pp--ppp
p------B
---pPb--
-n-P----
-----NQ-
PPP--PPP
R----RK-
Black has just played 14...Nb4 and White replied with 15.Bh6

Black went ahead with their plan to gobble the c-pawn: 15...Nxc2??

U14 Training Day 14th February 2015

U14 Training Day 14th February 2015

Thanks to everyone who came yesterday and made such a good effort.

The slideshow I used is attached for you to download.
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/sites/exeterchessclub.org.uk/files/U14Trai...

The free book and database is here:
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/downloads
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/x/FTP/JuniorRepertoire.pdf
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/sites/exeterchessclub.org.uk/files/juniore...

The software you need for different systems to read the database is linked here:

Exeter 4.5-3.5 Newton Abbot Peter Rooke Cup Sat 10th Jan 2015

1 Waters, Simon (B) 1/2-1/2 Brooks, Paul (W)
2 Frangleton, Andy (W) 0-1 Hui, M (B)
3 Pope, Sean 1/2-1/2 Kinder, Andrew
4 Dobber, Piet 1-0 Taylor, Wiilf
5 Waley, Jonathan 1/2-1/2 Ramesh, Vignesh
6 Marjoram, Will 1/2-1/2 Allen, John
7 Palmer, Eddy 1/2-1/2 Barber-Lafon, Jacquie
8 Whittington, Reece 1-0 Narayanan, Nandaja 4.5-3.5

Things to have available at a chess match

  • milk
  • tea
  • coffee
  • sugar
  • biscuits/snacks
  • tables
  • light
  • heat

Gambits galore

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
weather forecasts.

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:
http://tws27.weebly.com/
Looks good! And essential revision material for the Rex Willis event...

Devon Junior Chess Association Championships 2014

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.

http://onionschess.co.uk/sites/onionschess.co.uk/files/DJCAchamps2014res...

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.

What are the odds?

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

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Chess Quotes

"The most important feature of the chess position is the activity of the pieces. This is absolutely fundamental in all phases of the game (opening, middlegame and especially endgame). The primary constraint on a piece's activity is the Pawn structure."
— Michael STEAN, in Simple Chess.