The Windmill

[Event "Moscow"]
[Site "Moscow URS"]
[Date "1925.11.25"]
[EventDate "1925.11.10"]
[Round "12"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Carlos Torre Repetto"]
[Black "Emanuel Lasker"]
[ECO "A46"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "85"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 c5 4. e3 cxd4 5. exd4 Be7 6. Nbd2
d6 7. c3 Nbd7 8. Bd3 b6 9. Nc4 Bb7 10. Qe2 Qc7 11. O-O O-O
12. Rfe1 Rfe8 13. Rad1 Nf8 14. Bc1 Nd5 15. Ng5 b5 16. Na3 b4
17. cxb4 Nxb4 18. Qh5 Bxg5 19. Bxg5 Nxd3 20. Rxd3 Qa5 21. b4
Qf5 22. Rg3 h6 23. Nc4 Qd5 24. Ne3 Qb5 25. Bf6 Qxh5 26. Rxg7+

U14 games 2016

[Event "U14 Jamboree"]
[Site "Churchill School Somerset"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Leif Hafstad"]
[Black "Ben Choo Yin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B22"]
[Annotator "Regis,Dave"]
[PlyCount "68"]

{You made a couple of second-best moves in the opening and then missed a
skewer. You later worked up a nice initiative the exchange down, but you
didn't have quite enough attack or enough time.} 1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5
4. d4 e6 {[#]} 5. Bc4 (5. Nf3 {is nearly always played: Bxd5 is not much of a

U14 Training Day 2016

Thanks to everyone who came and worked so hard all day on Saturday.

We hope you enjoyed the day and went away with lots to think about and
work on during the next year.

Some notes:

1. We have made a page with links about the day here:
(this page!)

2. I talked about a draft of a book I am working on and invited comments
about but I forgot to hand it out! If you'd like to see a copy let me know.

3. Thank you for your feedback about the day; further comments are

Exeter Junior Chess Club Championship 2015-16

Updated Fri 20th May 2016

Christmas Greetings 2015

You won't be surprised to hear that we won't be meeting
on Friday 25th Dec or Friday 1st January, so the neet meeting
will be Friday 8th January 2016

Thanks for all your support and best wishes for Christmas and New Year

Our Christmas card features a chess puzzle; see the comments for hints!


DEVON JUNIOR CHESS ASSOCIATION RULES of EXCHANGE CHESS (2016) 1. Players play in teams of two against other pairs; White and Black play against Black and White.
    rnbqkbnr    RNBKQBNR 
    pppppppp    PPPPPPPP       
    .+.+.+.+    .+.+.+.+
  0 +.+.+.+.    +.+.+.+. 0 
  0 .+.+.+.+    .+.+.+.+ 0 
    +.+.+.+.    +.+.+.+. 
    PPPPPPPP    pppppppp     
    RNBKQBNR    rnbqkbnr    
2. Captured pieces are passed to your partner straight away; the pieces you receive will be the same colour as your pieces on your board. 3.

The Chess Doctor at the DJCA Riviera Tournament 2015

We had lots of wonderful volunteers at the Riviera, which left me free
to be a roving coach. Come and see the Chess Doctor, I said, and he
will find our what's wrong with your chess, and suggest some treatments.


I usually have about my person some positions to amuse young players at the end of an evening.

Here are some of my favourites:



White to play and...

1. Mate in half a move (?)


2. Mate in 6 (Halumbirek)


3. Mate in 2 (?)


4. Mate Black without taking a pawn (Brown)

Safeguarding Policy and Procedures (DRAFT)

Exeter Chess Club and Exeter Junior Chess Club

Safeguarding policy

We acknowledge the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and are we will make sure safeguarding practice reflects both our legal responsibilities and Government guidance and also complies with the English Chess Federation Guidelines (Attached).

Things to take to a chess tournament

As before, mostly to help me, but might help you,comments invited.


pairing cards

tournament sheet

pairing software?

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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.