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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.

The simplest mutual full-point Zugzwangs

Tim came to the club buzzing with these a few weeks ago.

[Skip intro]

A Zugzwang (German: forced move) is a chess position where, if it's your turn to move, you lose, and if your opponent has the move, you might be OK.

Here's an example from one of my own games: anything White does loses. We say, White is in Zugzwang.

--------
p----p--
-p-bp---
r----k--
---P-P--
--P---K-
P----R--
B-------

Black can doodle happily with pawn moves, but any move of a white Pawn or piece loses at least a Pawn. White in fact threw himself on the sword with

Chess: the musical

...coming to the Princess Theatre, Torquay

"Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood directs an amazing cast in an extraordinary new staging of the classic musical CHESS."

…possibly the ultimate staging of Chess.” The Chronicle
"

Ancient chessplayers who remember the KK struggles of the late 1970s and early 1980s will find some echoes here.

Lyricist Tim Rice is apparently a chess player, although he seems to have let his grading lapse.

Read more:

http://www.princesstheatre.org.uk/prod-productions_details.asp?pid=2388&...

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Chess Quotes

All openings are sound below master level.
[LOMBARDY?]

Choose an opening... which is sound, regardless of fluctuations in current theory.
[HOROWITZ and REINFIELD, in recommending the Sicilian Dragon(!)]

when I'm white I win because I am white, when I'm black I win because I am Bogulyubov"

— -- all from Peter BALLARD