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: The Psychology of the Chess Player
— Reuben FINE (the man who put the 'anal' into analysis)
"Chess is a contest between two men in which there is considerable ego-involvement. In some way it certainly touches upon the conflicts surrounding aggression, homosexuality, masturbation and narcissism which become particularly prominent in the anal-phallic phases of development. From the standpoint of id psychology, Jones' observations can therefore be confirmed, even enlarged upon. Genetically, chess is more often than not taught to the boy by his father, or a father-substitute, and thus becomes a means of working out the son-father rivalry."

So now you know... It's easy to be dismissive of this, but if you don't think there's anything in it, and are not easily offended, then I invite you to look at a few statements quoted in Dominic Lawson's The Inner Game. The most obvious caution against a psychodynamic interpretation of chess is that Short's anal rape fantasies here seem anything but "unconscious" or "repressed"!