End of season newsletter 2011

Half-term seems to have come upon us very suddenly! We normally shut the club for the summer at the May half-term, as attendance drops off so quickly when Summer arrives. So the last club night of this season will be Friday May 27th.

We might have a chat on Friday about what you might want to happen next season – more matches? fewer matches? some more coaching?

The first club night of the new season will be on Friday 16th September 2011. I'll write to you all in September to confirm this.

Nagy vs Regis, Fri 13th May 2011

Training game with notes

[Event "Training"]
[Site "HSC"]
[Date "2011.05.13"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Nagy, Dan"]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C31"]
[PlyCount "56"]

{An interesting scrap. Both sides need to be sharper tactically!} 1. e4 (1.
Nc3 d5 2. e4 d4 3. Nce2 3... e5 {is the same line from a different move order.}
) 1... e5 (1... d5 2. Nc3 d4 3. Nce2 3... e5 {and again! The right plan in
this position is to play Ng3 quickly and park the Bf1 on a useful square - c4
or b5 - and then maybe Nf3 and/or f4}) 2. f4 d5 3. Nc3 (3. exd5 $1 3... e4 {

Should every child be made to play chess?

News story from the BBC about Armenia

Nagy vs Regis, April 2011 (1/2-1/2)

White missed a big chance early on with his home-made system, then kept the lid on Black's initiative later. White dropped a pawn while trying something on the King's-side, but when Black pushed his luck got a monster passed pawn. In the end, Black was grateful to be offered a perpetual check.

[Event "Friendly ECC"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.04.08"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Nagy, Dan"]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D00"]
[PlyCount "79"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 (2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 {is the London System}) 2... Nf6 3. Bf4 {


The Junior club will be meeting every Friday until the end of May,
including Friday 22nd and Friday 29th April.

Hope to see you there!


Exeter Juniors vs Newton Abbot Juniors 1st April 2011 (3-1)

Ken Bloodworth, who donated the Cup for this junior chess league, died just over a week ago aged 96, playing chess even in his last year. A wonderful man and a player, who did so much for junior chess, not just in Devon but all over Britain.

Obituary at Keverel Chess: http://www.keverelchess.com/ken-bloodworth-1914-2011/
Biography at Keverel Chess: http://www.keverelchess.com/k-j-bloodworth-25-06-1914/

{This back-and-forth game was settling into a tense endgame when White allowed
a snap mate. Both sides allowed and missed chances!}


Exeter Juniors vs Seaton, 25th March 2011 (2½-1½)

[Please ignore the stupid number of page visits, I think someone's robot threw a wobbly]

White eventually took a loose pawn and played good aggressive chess to wrap up.

[Event "Exeter Juniors vs Seaton"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.03.25"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Frey, Adam"]
[Black "Marsh, Brian"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D00"]
[PlyCount "77"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 (2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bg5) 2... Nf6 3. Nc3 {
These square-knight openings are usually pretty duff, do find another one!} (3.
e3 e6 (3... Bf5 4. c4) 4. Bd3) (3. c4) 3... Nbd7 (3... Bf5) 4. Bg5 4... b6 {

Exeter Juniors vs Exeter School, 11th March 2011 (1-3)

Lots to enjoy in an evenly matched contest.

Board 1

{A well-played game by both sides. We don't see close endgames very often in
junior chess, and this was a fine one.}

[Event "Exeter Juniors vs. Exeter School"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.03.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Royle, James"]
[Black "Senior, Tom"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C50"]
[PlyCount "110"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 3... h6 {
Ooh, too slow. Playing quite that safe is dangerous!} 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Qf6
6. Be3 Bc5 7. c3 {White is a move ahead on the usual Scotch Game.} 7... b6 (

How to win with the Danish Gambit....

...when you are a piece down!

[Event "(Remove White's Queen Knight)"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1992.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Dorase"]
[Black "N.N."]
[Result "1-0"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/R1BQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "25"]
[EventDate "1992.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Bb4+ 5. c3 dxc3 6. O-O cxb2 7. Bxb2 Bf8
8. Re1 d6 9. e5 dxe5 10. Nxe5 Qxd1 11. Bxf7+ Ke7 12. Ng6+ Kxf7 13. Nxh8# 1-0

Devon U14 Jamboree games & comments

I've recently completed reviewing the games from the West and Wales Junior Jamboree event, held this year in Merthyr Tydfil.

The booklet is a PDF which can be seen/downloaded here: U14 Jamboree match booklet 2011.

This is the latest in a series; other editions can be found here: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/junior-chess-games

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