Last Chance Saloon 2013


Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge 9:30am Monday 6th May 2013 at Heavitree Social Club, Exeter, EX1 3BS ENTRY FEE   £8.00   (please make cheques payable to EJCC)

This event is for all junior chess players in the Devon area who have not had a chance to qualify for the Devon MEGAFINAL on Sat 15th June, or who would like another chance to qualify.  (Please don't enter if you have already qualified!)
  •     REGISTRATION is at 9.30am and PLAY will start at 9.45am.  The day will finish at about 4.30pm after the prize giving; this will be as soon as poss

Exeter Juniors 3-1 Sidmouth Juniors

A terrific performance, I've rarely been more proud of a team.

We were giving away nearly 100 grading points over 4 boards, but came out on top without a single loss.

As always, things could have turned out differently, and Sidmouth fought for every square on every board.

{After some vague opening play on both sides, Black dropped an exchange. After that, White gradually converted but Black had chances to draw (or do even better) with some little tactics.}

The Long and the Short of it

I was chatting about score sheets at the club last night - which only go up to 70-80 moves.

Shortest possible game? Fool's Mate.

[Event "Fool's Mate"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "A02"]
[PlyCount "4"]
1. f4 e6 2. g4 Qh4# *

You don't usually get to play it but you can use the ideas:

The six basic tactics

Here's eight of them!

The different types of tactic are:

  • jumps (discovery)
  • mates
  • forks
  • pins/skewers
  • nets
  • ties (undermining and overloading)

Here's one of each:

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

[Event "Basic Tactics"]
[Site "Italy?, "]
[Date "1801"]
[White "Greco,G"]
[Black "NN "]
[ECO "C41"]
[Annotator "An ancient Queen fork"]
[Result "1-0"]


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