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Club Champion's Simul 2016

Club Champion's Simultaneous Display 11th October 2016
Jeremie Poschmann

1/2 vs Brian Aldwin
1-0 vs Will Marjoram
1-0 vs Ian Simpson
1-0 vs Barry Page-Thomas
0-1 vs Sean Pope
1/2 vs Richard Scholes
1-0 vs Richard Player
0-1 vs Alan Dean
+/- vs Leif Hafstad
0-1 vs Paul O'Neill
0-1 vs Tim Paulden
0-1 vs Alan Smith
0-1 vs Giles Body

5-6

Said the Elephant to the Bishop...

"What's this piece called?"
"A Bishop. What is it in Spanish, Sophie?"
"Alfil"
"And in French, Agathe?"
"Fou"

Therein lies a story...

The old Arab form of chess had a piece called the elephant, which, unlike most elephants I know, could jump two squares at a time, diagonally. And 'al-fil' means the Elephant in Arabic (Pil in Persian).

But if you have a lump of stone, or wood, and you want to show that it is an elephant, you might carve two curving lines on it for tusks, or make two points on it to show the same.

Exeter 3½-4½ Newton Abbot Peter Rooke Cup 9th January 2016

1 Tim PAULDEN (185) (B) 0-1 John FRASER (176) (W)
2 Giles BODY (163) (W) ½-½ Paul BROOKS (158) (B)
3 Andy FRANGLETON (147) ½-½ Andrew KINDER (151)
4 Sean POPE (142) 0-1 Vignesh RAMESH (141)
5 Reece WHITTINGTON (131) 0-1 Wilf TAYLOR (131)
6 William MARJORAM (115) 1-0 Jacquie BARBER-LAFON (122)
7 Richard PLAYER (115) ½-½ Joshua BLACKMORE (100)
8 Richard SCHOLES (111) 1-0 Michael HUSSEY (99)
TOTAL Exeter 3½-4½ Newton Abbot

Exeter visited Newton Abbot on Saturday and came away with some pride
but with second place.

Club Championship 2015/16

Exeter Club Championship 2015-16 Exeter - 25/10/2015, 31/05/2016 Cross Table at round 1
 ID NAME                 Grd   |   1 
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  1 Lorenz Hartmann       190  |  W12 
  2 Tim Paulden           185  |  B13 
  3 Kevin Hurst           183  |  W15 
  4 Dave Regis            180  |  B16 
  5 Paul O'Neill          180  |  W17 
  6 Chris Lowe            179  |  B18 
  7 Giles Body            163  |  W19 
  8 Matt Best             155  |  B20 
  9 Jeremie Poschmann     150  |  W21 
 10 Andrew Frangleton     147  |  B22 

Who would win in a fight between a lion and a bear? (endgame fortresses)

My young colleague Leif enjoys endgames, and has an endless curiosity about unbalanced endgames. So he asks:
can you win with three pawns against a Bishop?
how about a Knight?
what about two Knights?

A pattern we kept running into was:
united pawns on their start squares don't win against a piece (a)
united and *advanced* pawns win against a piece (b)
but
there are some special cases where the side with the piece can set up a blockade or fortressagainst advanced pawns (c)

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