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Bubble Blitz tournament 12th October 2015

Many congratulations to Kevin Hurst (pic attached) who triumphed in our inaugural ECC Bubble Blitz tournament last night, scoring an unbeaten 8/9 with a characteristically fizzy display of attacking chess.

The Chess Doctor at the DJCA Riviera Tournament 2015

We had lots of wonderful volunteers at the Riviera, which left me free
to be a roving coach. Come and see the Chess Doctor, I said, and he
will find our what's wrong with your chess, and suggest some treatments.

Jokes

I usually have about my person some positions to amuse young players at the end of an evening.

Here are some of my favourites:

Problems
Hints
Solutions

Problems.

White to play and...

1. Mate in half a move (?)

--------
--------
----Q---
--------
N-------
---k----
--------
R-K-----

2. Mate in 6 (Halumbirek)

K-k-----
P-Pp----
-p-P----
--------
p-------
P--P----
--------
--------

3. Mate in 2 (?)

RNB----k
--------
-------K
--------
--------
--------
pppppppp
--------

4. Mate Black without taking a pawn (Brown)

Coaching Programme Summer 2015

Coaching Programme Summer 2015

Tuesdays 7.30pm Small Bar, Heavitree Social Centre

7th July Opening workshop (move orders in the Accelerated Dragon, home-made openings, suggestions from the floor) http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/opening-workshop-2015
14^th July: Passed Pawn Pandemonium http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/passed-pawn-pandemonium
21^st July: Tactical knockouts with Tim: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/tims-tactics
28^th July: Blunder-checking http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/blunder-proofing-your-game

Cotswold Congress 23-25 May 2015

Cotswold Congress

At King’s School, Gloucester, Whitsun Bank Holiday, 23rd – 25th May 2015

Exeter Juniors 1-3 Exeter School 22nd May 2015

Exeter Juniors 1-3 Exeter School 22nd May 2015

default 0-1 Leif HAFSTAD
Ethan HWANG 1-0 Henry COLEMAN
Felix WATTS 0-1 Redmond COLEMAN
Ned RICHARDS 0-1 Nick ARMSTRONG

In a close match, where many of the players relied for support on a
mysterious brown elixir, the visiting team had an early boost when the
home team top board didn't arrive.

It looked as though the home team was going to score a rapid equaliser
when a mate-in-one appeared on board 3, but the opportunity passed by.
The material balance wobbled several times before Redmond found a

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

[pgn]
[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:

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Chess Quotes

"Chess rules and exercises - 5 hours
Elementary endings - 5 hours
Some openings - 10 hours
Combination - 20 hours
Positional play - 40 hours
— Em. Lasker, Manual of Chess