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The 65th square

The secret of Grandmaster play is to make use of the hidden 65th square on the chess board. I'm sure you've all had the experience of having a piece come at you, apparently out of nowhere, to take one of your army. That piece came from the 65th square.

I can't show you the square, because it's not on the usual 8x8 grid system, but I can show you that it is there.

Playing for a win

Jonathan had a frustrating game recently, where his hopes of an interesting game with chances to win came to nothing. Have a play through this one and have see what you think.

Murray-Waley, 2011

With hindsight, the various exchanges and the symmetrical pawn formation with likely further exchanges of Rooks were strong drawing factors. So we can suggest:

The "two-minute rule"

We had a 4-board match this week where eight Division One chessplayers weren't clear enough about the rules to give much confidence in the knowledge of the rest of you... 

Nice things happen

Nice email from Robert Janninck:
I am a fan of your site. It helped me getting started with openings. In return I put the Italian game for you in chessbase format. For me when i see things happening on the board it always help, so i thougth maybe that will help others too.
...
My motivation: I like to help youre concept (site) to get better/easier and help others in having more fun in chess. Make it reachable and not for the money.
Thanks a million Robert!

Original handout: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/italian-game-beginners

Exeter win Peter Rooke Cup 2011 UPDATED 15th May

Bonzer report from Trefor Thynne, generous in defeat! With photos.

http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/News/dcca/dcca1.htm

I got a very nice letter from Trefor too.

P.S. I expect that link will contain more recent news at some point, let me know if it stops working.

P.P.S. Games added

P.P.P.S. Report stolen and appended

Massive niftiness

Simon has made some extremely nifty improvements to the PalView system. Please give it a whirl:

http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/x/games/gameview-test.htm?g=g33

If I don't hear about any problems, I'll make it the default viewer.

An exercise in punctuation

Charlie sent me this game for comment. I thought it would be interesting for us both to annotate. If you would like to join in, please assign each move of Black a symbol:
! = almost certainly the best move
!? = a good move among alternatives
?! = probably not the best move
? = clearly wrong

[pgn]
[Event "Ex Club Chship"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2011.04.19"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Bolt, graham"]
[Black "keen, charles"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[PlyCount "115"]

1. g3 d5 2. Bg2 Nf6 3. d3 e5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nf3 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. c3 O-O 8. O-O

John Brown's body of work

I was at the WECU Easter Congress in Exmouth today for the final round (news at http://chessdevon.co.uk/), and heard from Bill Frost that Brian Gosling has written a book about the problems of Dorset composer John Brown. And I thought if I hadn't heard about it, then perhaps you haven't too.

The Secret Life of Rafa Benitez

Plagiarists' Corner

I've just noticed that one of my favourite comedians, Stewart Lee, has a little bit of his website devoted to rip-offs of his work:
http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/plagiarists.htm

On a completely different topic, you might be interested to compare the design of a popular locally produced scorebook:
http://onionschess.atspace.com/tims.htm
...to that of a recently issued product from the other side of the country.

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Chess Quotes

XLVIX.
"'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days
Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays.
"
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald, First Edition
http://www.teachersoft.com/Library/poetry/fitzgrld/chapt01.htm
"Impotent Pieces of the Game He plays
Upon this Chequer-board of Nights and Days;
— Fifth edition, http://www.nmaa.si.edu/vedder/slide37p.html

 There are other editions, and other translations, but none, I think, on the Web.