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Chess Coaching Summer 2011 (updated 23rd August)

"Your best teacher is your last mistake." - Ralph NADER
Suggested topics and dates so far:

Exeter 3½-4½ Newton Abbot Peter Rooke Cup Semi-Final 28th Jan 2017

The visitors took an early lead when, on bottom board, Brian's extra
piece got sidetracked and the opposition's pawns rolled unstoppably
forward. (0-1)

It looked like we would be two down when Will lost a pawn early on,
but, with his opponent focussing on the Queen's-side, he picked up a piece
and put together some decisive threats on the other wing. (1-1)

Always-enterprising Chris Lowe did his best to upset Trefor's solid
build-up, but after some tense manoeuvres, was happy to agree a draw
when White refused to be distracted. (1½-1½)

Club competition results

This year's results from menu to your left

Previous year's results also to your left

Longer ago: see Roll of Honour

Exeter Chess Club RAPIDPLAY Championship 2016-17

tbd

Exeter Chess Club Championship 2016-17

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Duck Chess

It's like chess, only with a duck.

Club Champion's Simul 2016

Club Champion's Simultaneous Display 11th October 2016
Jeremie Poschmann

1/2 vs Brian Aldwin
1-0 vs Will Marjoram
1-0 vs Ian Simpson
1-0 vs Barry Page-Thomas
0-1 vs Sean Pope
1/2 vs Richard Scholes
1-0 vs Richard Player
0-1 vs Alan Dean
+/- vs Leif Hafstad
0-1 vs Paul O'Neill
0-1 vs Tim Paulden
0-1 vs Alan Smith
0-1 vs Giles Body

5-6

Said the Elephant to the Bishop...

"What's this piece called?"
"A Bishop. What is it in Spanish, Sophie?"
"Alfil"
"And in French, Agathe?"
"Fou"

Therein lies a story...

The old Arab form of chess had a piece called the elephant, which, unlike most elephants I know, could jump two squares at a time, diagonally. And 'al-fil' means the Elephant in Arabic (Pil in Persian).

But if you have a lump of stone, or wood, and you want to show that it is an elephant, you might carve two curving lines on it for tusks, or make two points on it to show the same.

Cotswold Chess Congress 2016

Cotswold Chess Congress

The event will be staged at King’s School in Gloucester over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend – May 28th – 30th. Our website is at http://cotswoldcongress.co.uk/

Free chess coaching videos online

I've been slow to tune in to what's available on places like YouTube for chess instruction, but here's a start, and I'll add to it over the while.

Comments and recommendations welcome; if there's an obvious gap I might have a go myself.
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/contact

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Chess Quotes

"What distinguishes a Grandmaster from a master? Chess-lovers often ask questions like that. To many people it seems that Grandmasters simply calculate variations a little deeper. Or that they know their opening theory slightly better. But in fact the real difference is something else. You can pick out two essential qualities in which those with higher titles are superior to others: the ability to sense the critical moment in a game, and a finer understanding of various positional problems."
— Yusupov, in Opening Preparation