Exeter Chess Club

We are a large, successful and friendly club. We have a junior wing: Exeter Junior Chess Club. We are affiliated to Devon County Chess Association.

Exeter Chess Club meets on Tuesdays from 7:00pm at
Heavitree Social Club, Wingfield Park, 2 East Wonford Hill, Exeter, EX1 3BS [MAP]
Juniors meet 5:30-7:00pm, Fridays Sept-May

Contact
To contact us, use the form provided or

Tel.Sean Pope (Secretary) (01392) 436 420
Tel.Dave Regis (Juniors) (01392) 431 785

Exeter Chess Club was established in 1895 and so we celebrated our centenary in 1995. As part of our centenary activities we held a Simultaneous Display by IM Gary Lane, which was repeated in 1996.  We have a Roll of Honour stretching back over 100 years.

International Internet Challenge

We have held Internet matches:
* a single-board consultation match with Hafnarfjardar (Hafnarfjörður), an Icelandic chess club
* a four-board junior match with the University of West Alabama
* a seven-board match with Warwick University
* a double-round eight-board match with the West Wales Internet Chess Association
* We would be interested in hearing from clubs elsewhere to play live team chess via one of the chess servers

Coaching

We have run a weekly coaching/discussion group, which include what we think are professional-looking handouts. There is an index of some of the ideas and materials to be found here, namechecked by "the Doc" (John Nunn) in the BCF Yearbook (1997).

We have just published 100-odd years of Exeter Chess Club, which we are proud of.

Games of the Year: brilliancies and others

The 1994/95 Alexandra Buchanan Brilliancy Prize was won by Rex Willis ahead of two cheapos by Dave Regis. [Alexandra is MacGregor B's very new daughter!]

Internal Club Competitions

We run an individual club competition in three sections of Swiss; also held annually are a 10-second tournament and other speed events.

Membership

We have about 40 members at present

Regional and National Competitions

Exeter currently plays in the Exeter and District League, the Devon County Leagues and the Devon County teams. We have recently entered the National Club Championships; in 1995 we won the National Major Plate, and in 1996 won the Intermediate cup and were again finalists in the Major Plate.

Chess Quotes

Here are some of the questions and answers to an examination paper in chess that was given some time ago by Dr. TARRASCH. (...)
"Q: What is the object of playing a gambit opening?
A: To acquire a reputation of being a dashing player at the cost of losing a game.

  Q: Account briefly for the popularity of the Queen Pawn Opening in matches of a serious nature.
A: Laziness.

  Q: What is the duty of an umpire where a player wilfully upsets the board?
A: Remove the bottle.

Chess Review, 1935.