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Opening Workshop 2014

Work in progress...

How to decide if the Dutch Defence is good for you
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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
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Rook and Pawn endgames strike back

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.

Exeter Juniors 1-3 Broadclyst Primary 6th June 2014

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
squad.

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.

Wales and West of England Junior Championships 2014 - U14 jamboree

Photo and game notes attached

Dear Team

Well done! We won the Eustis U14 cup for the first time since 2006, and
did so with a thumping score.

Exeter Juniors 3-1 Torquay Boys Friday 2nd May 2014

Exeter Juniors 3-1 Torquay Boys Friday 2nd May 2014

Edmund Kelly (B) 1-0 Yul Lee (W)
Taylor Finch 1-0 Alex Lee
Leif Hafstad 1-0 Ben Sturt
Codie Finch 0-1 Jakub Kubiak

The home side scored a quick win when Taylor Finch picked
up the black Queen using an ancient trap in the French Defence, but the visitors equalised soon after when Jakub Kubiak's threat to the enemy King was ignored.

Leif Hafstad was never in trouble with his own French Defence, and was
happy to collect one pawn after another in a game where White
never looked comfortable.

Exeter Juniors 3-1 Torquay Boys Friday 2nd May 2014

Exeter Juniors 3-1 Torquay Boys Friday 2nd May 2014

Edmund Kelly (B) 1-0 Yul Lee (W)
Taylor Finch 1-0 Alex Lee
Leif Hafstad 1-0 Ben Sturt
Codie Finch 0-1 Jakub Kubiak

The home side scored a quick win when Taylor Finch picked
up the black Queen using an ancient trap in the French Defence, but the visitors equalised soon after when Jakub Kubiak's threat to the enemy King was ignored.

Leif Hafstad was never in trouble with his own French Defence, and was
happy to collect one pawn after another in a game where White
never looked comfortable.

Exeter 4-2 Teignmouth 15th March 2014

Exeter 4-2 Teignmouth 15th March 2014

(W) Paulsen (186) 1-0 (181) Brusey (B)
Regis (176) 1-0 (160) Ingham
Waters (165) 1-0 (139) Gorodi
Frangleton (153) ½-½ (133) Doidge
Marjoram (146) 0-1 (123) Tidy
Dobber (136) ½-½ (119) Ariss

Exeter, away and fielding a stronger team than of late, beat a rather
less highly graded team from Teignmouth on Saturday, but the match
looked like it was going to be a victory for the home side for most of
the afternoon.

The normally solid Will Marjoram handed his opponent a Rook early on and

Exeter 1½-4½ Exmouth 22 Feb 2014

Exeter 1½-4½ Exmouth 22 Feb 2014

Boyne (B) 197 0-1 186 Stephens (W)
Regis 180 1-0 176 Underwood
Marjoram 140 0-1 158 Wensley
Palmer 133 ½-½ 158 Gosling
Amos 129 0-1 140 Scott
Finch 97 0-1 140 Murray

Another match marked by enterprise, with early spirit shown by Oliver
Wensley's Bxf7+ in the Scotch Gambit and Brian Gosling's Queen sacrifice
which secured three minor pieces for her majesty. Jonathan Underwood's
very early pawn sacrifice was more the product of blindness than dash,
but he got good chances for it in the end, and Steve Murray's two

Games that are almost but not entirely unlike chess

The replacement of pieces in Exchange Chess reminds me of the game of
Japanese Chess, properly called Shogi, the generals' game. The flat
pieces are marked with kanji characters that are confusing for most people
brought up with the Roman alphabet, but I do own a German-made version
of the game which uses pieces marked with their powers of movement.
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/portable-shogi-set
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/childrens-shogi-set
http://stggames.com/STGStore//catalog/popup_image.php?pID=276

Yes2Chess

Players in secondary schools can struggle to practise. Your computer or smartphone can be a sparring partner, but that's not the same as playing real people. You can play online but the behaviour and language of some adults is pretty terrible.

But now...

What is Yes2Chess?

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Chess Quotes

"I find that chess is very useful when travelling alone in Turkey. ...Take yourself to the nearest teahouse. Order a glass of tea, and another or Raki, and set up a chess problem. Within seconds Turks will appear. they won't play chess with you, but it starts a conversation.

 "I did this once and someone asked, "Can I practise my English with you?" His first question was: "How many princesses have you slept with?" So now you see the point of chess."

— Bryan SEWELL