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Champion vs Challengers 2017

On 10 October 2017, club champion Tim Paulden took on 13 challengers in Exeter Chess Club's traditional start-of season simul.

Results:
1. TP 1-0 Ken Bourne (w/d)
2. TP 1-0 Quillan Wilson (w/d)
3. TP 0-1 Giles Body [best game prize]
4. TP 0.5-0.5 Sean Pope
5. TP 1-0 Harry Walker
6. TP 1-0 Richard Player (w/d)
7. TP 1-0 Richard Scholes
8. TP 0.5-0.5 Will Marjoram
9. TP 1-0 John Guard
10. TP 1-0 Brian Aldwin
11. TP 0.5-0.5 Paul O'Neill
12. TP 0.5-0.5 Leif Hafstad (w/d - draw agreed)
13. TP 0-1 Ian Simpson

Final score:
Champion: 9 Challengers: 4

Board 9 (vs Guard) had a particularly exciting finish, with White's attack beating Black's rampant a-pawn by one tempo:

r-----k-
--n---qp
----p-p-
-bPpN---
p--P-PNP
-r-BR-Q-
--------
--B---K-

The game continued 1. Bxb5 Rxe3 2. Bxe3 Nxb5 3. f5 exf5 4. Nh6+ Kf8 5. c6 a3 6. Nd7+ Ke8 7. Nxf5 Qh8 (diagram below)

r---k--q
---N---p
--P---p-
-n-p-N--
---P---P
p---B-Q-
--------
------K-

8. Nd6+ Nxd6 9. Qxd6 a2 10. Qe6+ Kd8 11. Bg5+ Kc7 12. Bf4+ Kc8 13. Nc5+ Kd8 14. Nb7#

Many thanks to all who participated, and especially to Dave who MC'd the night and logged the scores!

East Devon Congress 2018

2018 East Devon Congress: 23rd-25th February 2018, Exeter Corn Exchange

UPDATE: Please visit our new East Devon Chess Congress website at http://www.eastdevonchesscongress.com for full details.

DCCA Individual Competitions 2016/17


DCCA Individual Competitions 2016/17

Exeter & District League - Results 2016/17

League results (updated 21/05/2017)

DCCA Individual Competitions 2015/16 - Games

[pgn]
[Event "DCCA Devon Championship 2015-16"]
[Site "Devon, England"]
[Date "2016.01.31"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Paulden, Tim"]
[Black "Martin, Steve"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A01"]
[PlyCount "64"]
1. b3 e5 2. Bb2 Nc6 3. e3 d5 4. Bb5 Bd6 5. f4 Qe7 6. Nf3 f6 7. O-O Bg4 8. h3
Bh5 9. Qe1 a6 10. Bxc6+ bxc6 11. Qh4 Bxf3 12. Rxf3 O-O-O 13. fxe5 Bxe5 14. d4
Bd6 15. Nd2 g5 16. Qf2 h5 17. Rf5 Re8 18. Nf1 h4 19. c4 Qe6 20. cxd5 cxd5 21.
Rc1 Bf4 22. Qc2 Bxe3+ 23. Nxe3 Qxe3+ 24. Kh1 Qg3 25. Qc6 Re1+ 26. Rf1 Rxf1+ 27.

DCCA Individual Competitions 2015/16

DCCA Individual Competitions 2015/16

2016 East Devon Congress

2016 East Devon Congress: 4th-6th March 2016, Exeter Corn Exchange

Exeter & District League - Results 2015/16

League results (updated 17/05/2016)

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On advanced ideas:
"After giving a student the basic mating patterns and strategies you must begin giving them advanced concepts. At first these ideas will not make sense, many players will have a vague idea of what you are talking about but nothing more. Even a fragmented understanding of these concepts will prove useful though, and eventually they will improve as these lessons are assimilated by repetition and example."
— Jeremy SILMAN, The Amateur's Mind, 1995

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"We begin with the hypothesis that any subject can be taught effectively in some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development. ... (The "spiral curriculum") ... Is it not possible ... to introduce them to some of the major ... ideas earlier, in a spirit perhaps less exact and more intuitive?"