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Coleman Brothers

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Coleman, Henry"]
[Black "Wallman, James"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C55"]
[PlyCount "75"]

How to lose at losing chess

1.e4??
( {The simplest loss is} 1.d4?? e5 2.dxe5 Qg5 3.Qxd7 Bxd7 4.Bxg5 Kd8 5.Bxd8 a6 6.Bxc7 Ra7 7.Bxb8
b6 8.Bxa7 a5 9.Bxb6 g6 10.Bxa5 Bb4 11.Bxb4 Ne7 12.Bxe7 Rf8 13.Bxf8 h6
14.Bxh6 g5 15.Bxg5 f6 16.Bxf6 Bh3 17.Nxh3 0-1 )
( {The most complex is} 1.d3?? g5 2.Bxg5 Bg7 3.Bxe7 Bxb2 4.Bxd8 Bxa1 5.Bxc7 Bc3 { and white loses no matter which capture he chooses: }
6.Bxb8
( {Or} 6.Nxc3 d5 7.Nxd5 Nf6

What are the odds?

We discussed odds-giving last Friday - that is, starting without one or more of your pieces.

I mentioned one of my favourite Lasker stories, where he teased a player who didn't know hime, which I quote from Chernev (1948):

Exeter Juniors 1-3 Broadclyst Primary 6th June 2014

Having won our other two matches, we went into our last game with league victory assured, and so we ventured a younger team against Broadclyst Primary School, who for so long have been the core of Devon's junior squad.

When Ethan missed the start and Henry out-tricked himself, it looked as though we were going to struggle for any sort of result. Oliver set up a solid fortress while Redmond went fishing for chances against his opponent's King. After Redmond hooked a mate and Oliver's castle was breached, we went home with just one point.

Think twice (or thrice...)

As part of a chess program on television an extract from Kotov's book 'The White and the Black' was shown. The scene depicts Alekhin giving a simultaneous display against 30 German officers of the General staff in occupied Prague in 1943. The last game to finish is against Obersturbannfuhrer Spak. 'I resign', declares the German officer
[Event "Prague"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "1943.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Alekhine"]
[Black "General, Nazi"]
[Result "*"]
[Annotator "Dell"]
[SetUp "1"]

The Devon U14 Chess team

The Devon U14 Team does battle each year against other teams from the West of England and South Wales. I have been providing a bit of feedback on their games over the while, and the collected comments are below. They're a sort of battle manual for junior chess, and I hope everyone will find something to help their chess here. There is a list of topics underneath and a list of tips at the back of most booklets. If you read a tip and don't understand it, look up the position in the booklet. Any questions?

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