Said the Elephant to the Bishop...

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

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.

Exeter 3½-4½ Newton Abbot Peter Rooke Cup 9th January 2016

1 Tim PAULDEN (185) (B) 0-1 John FRASER (176) (W)
2 Giles BODY (163) (W) ½-½ Paul BROOKS (158) (B)
3 Andy FRANGLETON (147) ½-½ Andrew KINDER (151)
4 Sean POPE (142) 0-1 Vignesh RAMESH (141)
5 Reece WHITTINGTON (131) 0-1 Wilf TAYLOR (131)
6 William MARJORAM (115) 1-0 Jacquie BARBER-LAFON (122)
7 Richard PLAYER (115) ½-½ Joshua BLACKMORE (100)
8 Richard SCHOLES (111) 1-0 Michael HUSSEY (99)
TOTAL Exeter 3½-4½ Newton Abbot

Exeter visited Newton Abbot on Saturday and came away with some pride
but with second place.

Club Championship 2015/16

Exeter Club Championship 2015-16 Exeter - 25/10/2015, 31/05/2016 Cross Table at round 1
 ID NAME                 Grd   |   1 
  1 Lorenz Hartmann       190  |  W12 
  2 Tim Paulden           185  |  B13 
  3 Kevin Hurst           183  |  W15 
  4 Dave Regis            180  |  B16 
  5 Paul O'Neill          180  |  W17 
  6 Chris Lowe            179  |  B18 
  7 Giles Body            163  |  W19 
  8 Matt Best             155  |  B20 
  9 Jeremie Poschmann     150  |  W21 
 10 Andrew Frangleton     147  |  B22 
 11 Marcus Gosling  

Who would win in a fight between a lion and a bear? (endgame fortresses)

My young colleague Leif enjoys endgames, and has an endless curiosity about unbalanced endgames. So he asks:
can you win with three pawns against a Bishop?
how about a Knight?
what about two Knights?

A pattern we kept running into was:
united pawns on their start squares don't win against a piece (a)
united and *advanced* pawns win against a piece (b)
there are some special cases where the side with the piece can set up a blockade or fortressagainst advanced pawns (c)

[Event "Fortress (a)"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.11.07"]
[Round "?"]
[White "KPPP"]
[Black "KB"]

Exeter 2-4 Tiverton (AWAY) Sun 1st Nov 2015

Exeter 2-4 Tiverton (AWAY) Sun 1st Nov 2015

190 Lorenz Hartmann (W) 0-1 Jack Rudd 216
185 Tim Paulden (B) ½-½ Mike Richardt 187
180 David Regis 1-0 Kevin Hurst 183
179 Christopher Lowe ½-½ Brian Hewson 176
155 Matthew Best 0-1 Simon Bartlett 167
131 Piet Dobber 0-1 Ivor Annetts 153

Negotiations about the date seemed endless, but it was all decided
quickly on the day we visited Tiverton in our first Bremridge League

On top board, White played with ambition but not so much coordination
against the Semi-Slav, and allowed a quick Bd6-e5 trapping the Rook in

Bubble Blitz tournament 12th October 2015

Many congratulations to Kevin Hurst (pic attached) who triumphed in our inaugural ECC Bubble Blitz tournament last night, scoring an unbeaten 8/9 with a characteristically fizzy display of attacking chess.

The chess family tree

Last week the juniors saw the game of Shogi played. It's the sort of chess played in Japan, and by our new friends Kaz and Hatzune. How is Shogi related to the sort of chess that we normally play?

Club Championship 2014/15

Championship 2014-15
Cross Table at round 6 sorted by score

Pos NAME                 Grd   T  Fed  Pts |   1     2     3     4     5     6 
  1 Dave Regis            176  NC ---  5.5 | +W9   +B5   +W2   +B3   =W4   +B8  
  2 Lorenz Hartmann       170  NC ---  4.5 | +B11  +W10  -B1   =W16  +W5   +B4  
  3 Tim Paulden           185  NC ---  4.5 | +B12  +W8   =B4   -W1   +B9   +BYE 
  4 Giles Body            169  NC ---  4.0 | +W13  +B17  =W3   +B6

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Chess Quotes

"I wasn't sure what square to take the rook to. Because there were three alternatives (e8, d8 and c8), I decided to go for the middle one."
— Timman, NIC 1998 No 2. (via Mark Brodie)