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How to beat your Dad at chess

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.01.21"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Sequiera, Alfie"]
[Black "Sequiera, Alistair"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C53"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2018.01.21"]

{No problems for White here: there are a couple of points in the opening you
could have another look at.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 d6 5. d4 exd4
{So far, so good!} 6. Nxd4 ({The idea of c3 is to take over the centre, and
you can do that with a gain of time here after} 6. cxd4 Bb6 7. Nc3 $16) 6...

Some basic openings

You have to be able to make a decent start in a game of chess, or you risk being blown away by your opponent's better development. Knowing a few openings in a bit of detail is some insurance against traps and ideas that you haven't seen before.

So, here are some variations in common openings that you can -- and should -- learn. At each turn, try and learn not just what is the right move(s) but why that move is preferred.

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.01.30"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Felix"]
[Black "Openings"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "C54"]
[PlyCount "11"]

International Junior Challenge Match Sat 8th April

MindSports International

International Junior Challenge Match Sat 8th April

Exeter Juniors vs Philadelphia ASAP

1 Nick (Black) 1-0 Srisa (White)
2 Vignesh (White) 0-1 Shira (Black)
3 Reece 0-1 Elijah
4 Agnes 0-1 Manas
5 Josh 0-1 Sammy
6 Quillan 0-1 Linda
7 Ned 1-0 Amy

The Trebuchet

In an all-parent encounter last week, the players stumbled upon this position, known as the Trebuchet. A trebuchet is a big wooden catapult, and its connection with this position is not known, except that it may catapult a player from joy to despair...


Normally, it's an advantage for it to be your turn so you can get on with your plan, but in this position, whoever has to move next, loses! Can you see how?

Devon Juniors Training Day Sat 5th Nov 2016

Materials from the event are linked below.

Very many thanks to Paul O'Neill, Julian Bacon, Ben Sturt and Steve Keay for running the day.

Thanks too to Andrew Ashenhurst and St Peter's School for hosting.

Games for How Good Is Your Chess?

[Event "Lloyds Bank op 14th"]
[Site "London"]
[Date "1990.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "White, Randy"]
[Black "Al Marif, S."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C51"]
[Annotator "Regis,Dave"]
[PlyCount "33"]
[EventDate "1990.08.??"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "10"]
[EventCountry "ENG"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1996.11.15"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Bc5 6. O-O d6 7. d4 exd4 8.
cxd4 Bb6 9. Re1 Bg4 10. Bb2 Qf6 11. e5 dxe5 12. dxe5 Qf4 13. e6 Bxf3 14. exf7+
Kf8 15. fxg8=Q+ Rxg8 16. Ba3+ Ne7 17. Bxe7+ 1-0


Riviera Mini-Simul against U9 juniors

In order to get a bit of material to think about a future training event, Devon U9 Team co-Manager, Ben Sturt, took on the might of the U9 entry in a 7-board mini-simul.

These were the games... more on this later!

[Event "Mini-simul"]
[Site "Churston Grammar"]
[Date "2016. 1.10"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Sturt,Ben"]
[Black "U9"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "C40"]
[EventDate "2016. 1.10"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Bb4 3. c3 Nf6 4. cxb4 Nxe4 5. Nxe5 O-O 6. d3 Nxf2 7. Kxf2 Qf6+ 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. Bd2 Nd4 10. Bc3 Nxf3 11. Bxf6 *

[Event "Mini-simul"]
[Site "Churston Grammar"]

Devon Junior Exchange Chess championship 2016

This inagural event (as far as we know) was attended by 6 pairs of
contestants on Saturday 4th June at the end of half-term.

6th (and best performance by team one of who had never played Exchange chess before) Charles Brock and Oscar Brooks-Feller
3rd= (best performance by team who hadn't met before) Michael Hodgkinson & Fletcher Thompson
2/5 (best performance by all-primary-school team) Ethan Hwang and Charlie Hill
(best performance by a team with Zak in it) Zak Cash and Oscar Wright

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Chess Quotes

"The most important feature of the chess position is the activity of the pieces. This is absolutely fundamental in all phases of the game (opening, middlegame and especially endgame). The primary constraint on a piece's activity is the Pawn structure."
— Michael STEAN, in Simple Chess.