Exeter Chess Club [MAP] is a strong and thriving club in Devon (South-West England), established in 1895, which plays in the Exeter and District Chess League and the leagues organised by the Devon County Chess Association.

This website tells you about the club and its junior wing and keeps members and visitors up to date with developments; you might be particularly interested in our coaching materials and Dr.Dave's Chess Coaching Blog.



Getting started with the Coaching stuff

You're going to find the coaching materials on this site a bit tricky if you don't know how to play chess or how to read chess moves. After that, you can find things suitable for different levels of player, about chess and about the middlegame (both and ) and about , about chess history and , about chess , and about . There is also a lot about and the business of , and a bit about chess . There is also a guide to levels, ratings and grades. Everything else is either of interest or possibly of interest to .

Chess Quotes

A quote from Richard RETI's Masters of the Chessboard(p 395):
"In general, it can be established that there are two defenses against 1. e4, which make it absolutely impossible for the first player to take any initiative, and which give Black such an even game, without any difficulties at all, that it has now become useless in practice, since these defenses are generally known. They are the Caro-Kann Defense and the variation of the French Game: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 dxe4."
Glad that's settled! :-)
— Randy Pals