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.


u14_2016.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2016
Attack and defence
King and pawn endgames
Sit on your hands
Proper openings
u14_2015.pdf U14 Jamboree games with comments 2015
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

From: Dan Scoones

Moments when you should sense DANGER in chess:

  1. There has been a change in the pawn structure. Your opponent has 8 and you don't have any.
  2. Your opponent begins to throw pawns at your eyes.
  3. You have a postion won but your opponent has a gun.
  4. The Director tells you not to bother turning in your scoresheet after the game.
  5. Before game begins you notice your opponents 1st initials are 'GM'.
  6. After completing your development you sense your opponent playing the endgame.
— -- I don't know the composer of this - anyone? By the way, I.M. George is distinguished local player! Ian isn't actually an IM but he won the West of England Championship last year