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Exeter Juniors 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 Exeter Gambits

Well, a loss for the juniors, but by the narrowest of margins, and
against a team who were a bit stronger than they looked on paper. A
couple of the Gambits players have had much higher grades in the past,
and in the end I think experience told.

[pgn]
[Event "Exeter Juniors vs Gambits"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.11.23"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Earnshaw, Terry"]
[Black "Finch, Codie"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D02"]
[PlyCount "83"]

{Black couldn't get started in the opening and soon lost a piece. Black then
really started playing, creating a counter-attack that was enough

Dr.Dave's Brain Sharpening Kit

Sorry if that sounds a bit alarming!  What I mean is, after the summer break, you might find that your usual tactical sharpness has gone a bit rusty. 

To get back to your normal diamond-honed sharpness, you just need you get your eye back in with some practice.

Some things to practice are:

Towards a self-explanatory chess set

I had a cheerful exchange recently with a correspondent, who wanted to teach her daughter how to play chess, and was attracted to the Children's Chess Set (from Devon's very own House of Marbles).  I like that set a lot, and in a similar vein you can still get hold

Eton ruffles

A report of the visit of the Devon County U18 Chess Team to compete in the English Junior County Championships.

National report: http://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3777&hilit=eton&start=15#p...
Local Report : http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/News/TBGS/base.htm and PHOTO http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/DSCN2758.JPG
Results: http://www.bjca.org.uk/results.php?eid=1716

Exeter Juniors 1-2 Sidmouth B

A tale of three discoveries: a discovered attack proved the winning move in all three games.

Unmasked threats - discovered attacks and discovered checks - are the
most difficult threats to spot. You pay attention to the piece that
moves, but the threat comes from the piece behind.

I've attached a discovered attack training page - get your eye in! In 2010, the Devon U14 team lost an awful lot of points (or a lot of awful points) to discovered attacks, and the puzzles are all things that they missed.

{Some over-cautious play by Black gave White some chances early on, but it

Exeter Juniors 2½-1½ Seaton

Our first win! Even without the point from 'super-sub' Ray Shepherd, we had a draw in the bank, and that would have been a good result too.

So, well done all round. In both other games there was a big chance for our side early on - so make sure you think right from the start, don't 'warm up' during the game!

{A bit of a tired performance by White: Black picked up pawns every few moves
and went into an endgame four pawns ahead. There were a couple of chances to
hit back, and the one on move 8 might have given a very different result.

Exeter Juniors ½-3½ Tiverton Testosterones

{A terrific scrap where both sides took and missed their chances. In the end
the struggle with the 32 pieces on the board was decided as much by the clock
as by the moves.}

[pgn]
[Event "Exeter Juniors vs Tiverton"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.05.02"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Knowles, John"]
[Black "Keat, Sam"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D40"]
[PlyCount "106"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. e3 {
No threat to Black's survival, of course, but solid enough.} 4... Nc6 5. Nc3
Nf6 6. Bd3 {An invitation to play an IQP game.} 6... Bd6 (6... cxd4 7. exd4
dxc4 8. Bxc4 8... Be7 {

Exeter Juniors 1½-2½ Sidmouth UPDATED

UPDATE: Taylor's game added

{White avoided an early Queen swap, which might have been a nuisance, but it
was a move leading out of the frying pan into the fire.}

[pgn]
[Event "Exeter Juniors vs Sidmouth"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.04.28"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Keat, Sam"]
[Black "Martin, Steve"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B30"]
[PlyCount "52"]

1. e4 1... c5 2. Nf3
Nc6 3. c3 d5 4. d3 $6 (4. exd5 $1 4... Qxd5 5. d4 cxd4 (5... e5 $5) 6. cxd4
6... Bg4 {with pressure on the d-pawn, but it's actually safe because of} 7.

What went wrong there?

After this quick loss, Black was not sure what he did that was so bad. Come and look for clues with me...

[pgn]
[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Rutland, William"]
[Black "Stuart, Ben"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C55"]
[PlyCount "29"]

{After this quick loss, Black was not sure what he did that was so bad. Come
and look for clues with me...} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 3... Nf6 {
Nothing wrong with any of that - this is the fine Two Knights' Defence.} 4. Nc3
Bc5 (4... Nxe4 $1 {is the easiest way for Black to get at least an equal game.}

EJCC 1-3 Exeter Gambits 30th March 2012

A close match ended in a 1-3 defeat for the youngsters. As so often in
chess, it wouldn't have taken much to reverse the score!

The juniors, unusually, fielded a team which had a majority of girls.

{1. A well-fought game: White got some attacking ideas muddled and lost a piece,
but pressure won the exchange leaving an exciting RvNN endgame.}

[pgn]
[Event "EJCC vs Exeter Gambits"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.03.30"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Trott, Tomas"]
[Black "Scholes, Richard"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C41"]
[PlyCount "91"]

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