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? Drop me a line or sign up and comment underneath.

Contents:

u14_2016.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2016
Swapping
Attack and defence
King and pawn endgames
Sit on your hands
Proper openings
u14_2015.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2015
Blunders
Attacking
Being pushy
Ruy Lopez, French Ezchange, Two Knights, Philidor
u14_2014.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2014
Chess and mistakes
Pawns and planning - Isolated Queen's Pawns
The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit
u14_2013.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2013
Openings: Colle, Scandinavian, Danish, Hypermodern, QG Accepted&Slav
Blunder-proofing your game
Stop trying to win, and win!
Playing for traps
u14_2012.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2012
Openings: Bishop's Opening, and the Caro-Kann and King's Indian defences
A basic opening repertoire
Listen to the pawns
Opposite-coloured Bishops

u14_2011.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2011
With guest appearance from Devon's top player Dominic Mackle!
Openings: Petroff and Philidor Defences (and another rant about Old Stodge)
A basic opening repertoire
Spotting tactics
u14_20043.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2004
Openings: Old Stodge [Giuoco Pianissimo], Sicilian Defence, French Defence, Queen's Gambit, Queen's Pawn Game without c4, King's Gambit, Scotch Game and Gambit
Clockwork attacks, Pawns, What to swap
u14_2005b.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2005
Openings: Two Knights', French Defence, Scotch Game, Queen's Game and Gambit, King's Gambit, Sicilian Defence, Old Stodge
Blunder-proofing, Endgames
u14_2006.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2006
Openings: Time-wasting, Italian Game&Old Stodge, French Defence, Queen's Gambit Declined
Planning, Tactics
u14_2007.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2007
Openings: General Opening Principles, Ruy Lopez
Swapping, Basic Tactics&Nets, Endgame passed pawns
u14_2008.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2008
Openings: Queen's Gambit, French Defence, Sicilian, Four Knights, Stonewall
Swapping off in the endgame, Choosing a move, Tactics: discoveries, Queen sacrifices, Playing with a plan
u14_2009.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2009
Openings: General Principles, Old Stodge, Italian Game, Sicilian, Queen's Gambit, Ruy Lopez, Scandinavian Defence,
Tactics Advice, Strategy Advice, Thinking, Self-analysis
u14_2010.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2010
Openings: Old Stodge&London System, Double King-Pawn Opening, Semi-Open Games, Queen's Gambit, Unusual Openings
Blunders, Tactics exercises, Strategy Advice
Endgames: win when you're winning, Endgame theory
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Chess Quotes

XLVIX.
"'Tis all a Chequer-board of Nights and Days
Where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays:
Hither and thither moves, and mates, and slays,
And one by one back in the Closet lays.
"
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Rendered into English Verse by Edward Fitzgerald, First Edition
http://www.teachersoft.com/Library/poetry/fitzgrld/chapt01.htm
"Impotent Pieces of the Game He plays
Upon this Chequer-board of Nights and Days;
— Fifth edition, http://www.nmaa.si.edu/vedder/slide37p.html

 There are other editions, and other translations, but none, I think, on the Web.