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Simul by England Junior Theo Slade 8th July 2014

On Tuesday 15 July, we were honoured to host a simultaneous display by 13-year-old Theo Slade, the region's most promising up-and-coming chess star. Theo is a key member of the England junior squad and has earned a grading of 179 in the recent ECF list, having been expertly coached by Dave Regis for many years.

On the night of the simul, eleven of our club regulars bravely lined up to face Theo, but in the end our two centuries of collective experience proved no match for the young whippersnapper, who scored a convincing 8 - 5 victory (including two return matches against Piet and Jon).

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 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

Exeter 1½-4½ Newton Abbot (HOME) Sat 25th Jan 2014

Exeter 1½-4½ Newton Abbot Sat 25th Jan 2014

Regis, David 0-1 John Fraser
Marjoram, William 0-1 Nijad Rahimli
Earnshaw, Terry V ½-½ Trefor Thynne
Palmer, Edward John 1-0 Andrew Kinder
Bonds, Thomas S 0-1 Nathan Mills
Finch, Taylor 0-1 John Allen

Exeter 1½-4½ Newton Abbot

A couple of rather under-strength teams met today with Newton Abbot
running out clear winners in a match featuring much enterprising
sacrificial play. Tom Bonds' King's Gambit was met with some robust
tactical ripostes that gave the visitors an early win. Will's

Exeter 3½-2½ Tiverton (AWAY) 4 Jan 2014

Exeter 3½-2½ Tiverton (AWAY) 4 Jan 2014

Boyne (w) 1-0 Edgell (b)
Paulden 1-0 Littlejohns
Regis ½-½ Richardt
Body 0-1 Bartlett
Pope 0-1 Hewson
Earnshaw 1-0 Annetts

Exeter 3½-2½ Tiverton

Giving away plenty of grading points on the lower boards against the
Tiverton All-Stars, we picked up an early win from a dramatic turn-around
on Board 6 and after a win by Andy on top board it was all to play for.
Dave's opponent declined to win the exchange and offered a draw in an OCB
endgame, which left El Presidente to find a way through in a blocked

Junior Chess: New Year round-up

December: Prize list for Devon Junior Chess Championships:
http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/News/jchess/base.htm

January: New Devon Junior grades are out!
http://onionschess.co.uk/content/devon-junior-grading-list

Proposed U14 Training Day: Sat 1st February, Exeter.
Details tba.

Tal attacks

[pgn]
[Event "style: Tal on the attack (JUG "]
[Date "1959.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tal, M."]
[Black "Smyslov, V."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B10"]
[PlyCount "51"]

1. e4 c6 (1... e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 dxe4 5. Nxe4 Nbd7 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7.
Nf3 Be7 8. Bd3 c5 9. Qe2 cxd4 10. O-O-O a6 11. Rhe1 Bd7 12. Nxd4 Qa5 13. Nf5 h6
{[#] Tal whips out another unclear sacrifical attack.} 14. Nxg7+ Kf8 15. Bxf6
Bxf6 16. Bc4 Qg5+ 17. Kb1 {[#] Barcza must have had a good old think, but
didn't fancy it.} Bb5 18. Bxb5 Qxg7 19. Ba4 b5 20. Bb3 Bxb2 21. Qe4 Re8 22.

as-Suli's Diamond

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-KQ-----
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q-------
From Wikipedia (English):
The problem called "as-Suli's Diamond" went unsolved for over a thousand years. In shatranj, the "queen" (counsellor) is a very weak piece, able to move only a single square diagonally. It is also possible to win in shatranj by capturing all pieces except the king.

as-Suli commented:

“This ancient position is so difficult that there is no one in the world who would be able to solve it, except those I have taught to do so. I doubt whether anyone did this before me.

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Chess Quotes

from: The Psychology of the Chess Player
— Reuben FINE (the man who put the 'anal' into analysis)
"Chess is a contest between two men in which there is considerable ego-involvement. In some way it certainly touches upon the conflicts surrounding aggression, homosexuality, masturbation and narcissism which become particularly prominent in the anal-phallic phases of development. From the standpoint of id psychology, Jones' observations can therefore be confirmed, even enlarged upon. Genetically, chess is more often than not taught to the boy by his father, or a father-substitute, and thus becomes a means of working out the son-father rivalry."

So now you know... It's easy to be dismissive of this, but if you don't think there's anything in it, and are not easily offended, then I invite you to look at a few statements quoted in Dominic Lawson's The Inner Game. The most obvious caution against a psychodynamic interpretation of chess is that Short's anal rape fantasies here seem anything but "unconscious" or "repressed"!