On Tuesday 15 July, we were honoured to host a simultaneous display by 13-year-old Theo Slade, the region's most promising up-and-coming chess star. Theo is a key member of the England junior squad and has earned a grading of 179 in the recent ECF list, having been expertly coached by Dave Regis for many years.
On the night of the simul, eleven of our club regulars bravely lined up to face Theo, but in the end our two centuries of collective experience proved no match for the young whippersnapper, who scored a convincing 8 - 5 victory (including two return matches against Piet and Jon).
Work in progress...
How to decide if the Dutch Defence is good for you
Just taking the Dutch Defence as an example...
Do you think it suits you? (Do your friends think it suits you?)
Do the ideas you read about go into your memory?
Do the ideas you remember actually turn up in your games?
Do you get good results with it?
Do the results in your games have anything to do with the opening?
Can your opponents avoid the lines you like to play?
Philidor's Defence -- see recent post
I've done more than one session on this topic in the past, so the
examples are all already on the website, but some pointers for newcomers
might be helpful:
A. Many Rook and Pawns endgames can be judged as win or drawn at a
glance, some are more critical. Some basic cases with one side a pawn
up have been worked out and must be learned:
1. Philidor's position shows how to draw when your King has control of
the Queening square.
2. Lucena's positions shows how to win when the defending King does not
have control of the Queening square.
This page is a play-through version of
[Event "Lessons in Philidor's Defence"]
A Perl script for converting FEN position notation into a human-readable
8x8 chessboard diagram (or rather, a 10x10 diagram useable with the
Alpine typefaces, Linares/Hastings/Zurich).
It's not pretty but it's useful and it works. Developed after
discovering no obvious way to get diagrams into printable game
annotations on an Ubuntu system.
[I expect there is some alternative magic involving TeX but it was beyond
my skills and patience.]
How it works
Run the script (open a command terminal and run "perl FEN2diag.pl". It
Please join me in heartily congratulating Dave Regis who won the Championship outright with an unbeaten 5/6!
Giles Body claims second with 4.5/6 - again unbeaten - a great result to add to his triumph in the club's Rapidplay Championship, which he "blitzed" with a jawdropping 8.5/9. Well done Giles!
Many congratulations also to Jonathan Waley who achieved a splendid joint third (with 3.5/6) despite having the third-lowest grade in the tournament - he is awarded this year's General title.
Exeter 4-2 Teignmouth 15th March 2014
(W) Paulsen (186) 1-0 (181) Brusey (B)
Regis (176) 1-0 (160) Ingham
Waters (165) 1-0 (139) Gorodi
Frangleton (153) ½-½ (133) Doidge
Marjoram (146) 0-1 (123) Tidy
Dobber (136) ½-½ (119) Ariss
Exeter, away and fielding a stronger team than of late, beat a rather
less highly graded team from Teignmouth on Saturday, but the match
looked like it was going to be a victory for the home side for most of
The normally solid Will Marjoram handed his opponent a Rook early on and
Exeter 1½-4½ Exmouth 22 Feb 2014
Boyne (B) 197 0-1 186 Stephens (W)
Regis 180 1-0 176 Underwood
Marjoram 140 0-1 158 Wensley
Palmer 133 ½-½ 158 Gosling
Amos 129 0-1 140 Scott
Finch 97 0-1 140 Murray
Another match marked by enterprise, with early spirit shown by Oliver
Wensley's Bxf7+ in the Scotch Gambit and Brian Gosling's Queen sacrifice
which secured three minor pieces for her majesty. Jonathan Underwood's
very early pawn sacrifice was more the product of blindness than dash,
but he got good chances for it in the end, and Steve Murray's two