1924: More from the chess columns

The Exeter Chess Club annual meeting is to be held on Saturday evening next at 7.0 p.m. at the club headquarters and I understand a very favourable report will be presented.  Any chess player who is not already a member of the club will be well advised to seek membership, and it is readily agreed that the Club offers facilities second to none in the Kingdom for all classes of chess players. 

Devon and Exeter Gazette, Thursday 2nd October 1924


Mr H.V. Mallison, President of the Exeter Chess Club, paid a visit to the Teignmouth Chess Club last Saturday.  He had a large and appreciative audience for his lecture on the Ruy Lopez opening in which he demonstrated the fine attack and the difficulty Black has in meeting it.  He analysed the various defences, particularly the Steinitz, the Steinitz Deferred, the Berlin and the counterattack by P-KKt4. 

The members were keenly interested, as the Ruy Lopez is this year's tourney opening.  No-one in the district is better qualified than Mr. Mallison to impart such instruction, and the thoroughness of his analysis is proved by the exactitude of his practical examples. 

After tea Mr. Mallison gave a simultaneous exhibition, giving all eight opponents the odds of a "Knight".  He won every game! The next Saturday Teignmouth receive Torquay in connection with the Moyle Cup. 

Chess Quotes

Chess and life
"Luzhin, preparing an attack for which it was first necessary to explore a maze of variations, where his every step aroused a perilous echo, begain a long meditation: he needed, it seemed, to make one last prodigious effort and whe would find the secret move leading to victory. Suddenly, something occurred outside his being, a scorching pain - and he let out a loud cry, shaking his hand stung by the flame of a match, which he had lit and forgotten to apply to his cigarette.
— Vladimir NABOKOV, The Defence.