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Dr.Dave's Adventures at East Devon, 2014

I still don't understand why anyone plays the Exchange, except that I keep getting worse positions against it! Giles has been working on his chess and is now a serious danger to anyone... I was lucky to find the cheapo on move 32.
[Event "E. Devon Open"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2014.02.28"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Body, Giles"]
[Black "Regis, David"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C01"]
[PlyCount "71"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Bd6 6. Qb3 Nge7 7. Ne2 O-O 8.

Dr.Dave's Adventures at East Devon 2016

Friday night:

My entry to our local congress is sometimes deranged by family visits, but an expectedly free weekend allowed another excursion in Exeter's St.George's Hall, now renamed the Corn Exchange.

[It's about as big a hall as a corn exchange would be, but Exeter is a wool town, not a grain one, and this unhistoric renaming of a post-war building rather makes me wince. Not as much as the chess, though...]

I have played less this season, quite deliberately; I've been finding evening chess very hard, and in October even lost to a club member graded

Dr.Dave's Further Adventures at East Devon

East Devon Congress, Open Section, 2007

Four games and no wins is so-so, but the blunder count was reassuringly low, and I had a good attempt at winning a couple of games, including the one against Helbig, who was the strongest player I faced. So, progress of sorts.

{Wretchedly got a bye in the first round. }

Click on [...] to see games list.


[Event "East Devon"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2007.02.24"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Regis, D."]
[Black "Cordner, D."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

How to mate with Bishop and Knight

Danny Sparkes and Norbert Friedrich.

Danny Sparkes recently took us through the technique here, and had some fun at the expense of a range of computers and computer programmes who seem generally clueless about t. I don't have his notes but I do have tucked away some similar notes by Norbert Friedrich, who also has a mild dig at computer technique, and whose notes I have expanded on a little below. (If you have ChessBase 6.0 or above, the database will show some helpful extra detail of the patterns.)

Why bother?

Double Bishop Endgames

by

Chris Bellers

"Deux fous gagnent toujours, mais trois fous, non!"
-- Alexander Alekhin, on the advantage of the Two Bishops at amateur level

This session looks mainly at endings involving BB vs. BN or NN and no other pieces. They demonstrate that, even where pawns are evenly placed, the two bishops are often enough to force a win.

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