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U14 County Jamboree Games 2010

A friendly match

We were invited to play a friendly match at Seaton.  Two of the games survive whole, one in part:

Our third match

Pretty good guys... getting better every match!  We were within an ace of winning this one... Next time!  In fact, Seaton have generously invited us for a friendly match at their club -- who's interested in going?

  • Board 1
  • Board 2
  • Board 3
  • Our Second Match

    Well, another rather lop-side score, but the games certainly weren't lopsided.

    They ain't so big... just tall, that's all
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di1-bB1w4wM

    The games with some comments:

    Holiday Homework

    No chess club for three weeks?!

    You can play chess online at the Free Internet Chess Server

    If you want to improve for free:

    Openings: see yesterday's post!

    Tactics: try the Chess Tactics Server

    Chess Position Trainer

    Our first match

    Our First Match

    Well, ouch! We lost four-nil, but I hope you thought that, however big and strong they were, they weren’t that much better than us, and they didn’t do anything very special to beat us. (Is that a good thing?)  But I was very pleased and proud with how well you played, how well you fought, and how well you concentrated.  It wouldn't have needed much luck for us to come away with 2-2.  They're just tall, that's all...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di1-bB1w4wM

    Free e-books for coaches and players

    A course in chess tactics: [PDF] [PGN]

    Tactical ideas illustrated with short games in the Italian Game and related openings.

    A First Chess Opening Repertoire: [PDF] [PGN to follow]

    Some suggestions to get you through your first chess games.

    Attacking the Two Knights' Defence

    There are three main ways you can try to attack against the Two Knights' Defence.

    (A) 4.Ng5 is the most obvious, but I don't recommend it.  White can win a pawn, but if Black knows the book moves, you will have to defend against very active Black pieces.

    e.g. 4.Ng5 d5! 5.exd5 b5!? 6.Bxb5 Qxd5

    4.d4 is the move I recommend.

    (B) There is a fun line which Black can equalise against but it's White who is attacking: Max Lange Knight Variation

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    — Razuvayev, introducing Razuvayev-Bagirov 1982