Matches coming up!

Junior Club night: Fridays 5.30pm Sept-May.

Forthcoming Events

Club night: every Tuesday at 7pm. Juniors Fridays 5.30pm Sept-May.
Full local calendar: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/event
Local Junior events http://onionschess.co.uk/events
All Junior events http://www.sjca.org.uk/calendar.html
Event Start Title Venue & other details Attached files
Sat, 30 Apr 2016 Devon Juniors: Last Chance Saloon 2016 (UK Chess Challenge)

Kenn Centre, Kennford, Devon EX6 7UE

LastSaloon2016.pdf
Sat, 4 Jun 2016 Devon Juniors: Exchange Chess Cup

Kenn Centre, Kennford, Devon EX6 7UE
Rules: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/rules-exchange-chess-2016

ExchangeCup2016.pdf

Exeter Junior Chess Club

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Exeter Junior Chess Club

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friendly chess every week
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News and games
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We meet FRIDAYS
between September and May from 5:30pm at

Heavitree Social Club,
Wingfield Park, 2 East Wonford Hill, Exeter

EX1 3BS
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Look out for tips:
Random Chess Tips

Pages on this site about junior chess

[You might also get something out of material designed for adults in class D.]

[pgn]
[Event "U14 Jamboree"]
[Site "Churchill School Somerset"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Leif Hafstad"]
[Black "Ben Choo Yin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B22"]
[Annotator "Regis,Dave"]
[PlyCount "68"]

{You made a couple of second-best moves in the opening and then missed a
skewer. You later worked up a nice initiative the exchange down, but you
didn't have quite enough attack or enough time.} 1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5
4. d4 e6 {[#]} 5. Bc4 (5. Nf3 {is nearly always played: Bxd5 is not much of a

Thanks to everyone who came and worked so hard all day on Saturday.

We hope you enjoyed the day and went away with lots to think about and
work on during the next year.

Some notes:

1. We have made a page with links about the day here:
http://www.exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/u14-training-day-2016
(this page!)

2. I talked about a draft of a book I am working on and invited comments
about but I forgot to hand it out! If you'd like to see a copy let me know.

3. Thank you for your feedback about the day; further comments are

Updated Fri 14th Jan 2016

You won't be surprised to hear that we won't be meeting
on Friday 25th Dec or Friday 1st January, so the neet meeting
will be Friday 8th January 2016

Thanks for all your support and best wishes for Christmas and New Year

Our Christmas card features a chess puzzle; see the comments for hints!

DEVON JUNIOR CHESS ASSOCIATION RULES of EXCHANGE CHESS (2016) 1. Players play in teams of two against other pairs; White and Black play against Black and White.
    rnbqkbnr    RNBKQBNR 
    pppppppp    PPPPPPPP       
    .+.+.+.+    .+.+.+.+
  0 +.+.+.+.    +.+.+.+. 0 
  0 .+.+.+.+    .+.+.+.+ 0 
    +.+.+.+.    +.+.+.+. 
    PPPPPPPP    pppppppp     
    RNBKQBNR    rnbqkbnr    
2. Captured pieces are passed to your partner straight away; the pieces you receive will be the same colour as your pieces on your board. 3.

We had lots of wonderful volunteers at the Riviera, which left me free
to be a roving coach. Come and see the Chess Doctor, I said, and he
will find our what's wrong with your chess, and suggest some treatments.

I usually have about my person some positions to amuse young players at the end of an evening.

Here are some of my favourites:

Problems
Hints
Solutions

Problems.

White to play and...

1. Mate in half a move (?)

--------
--------
----Q---
--------
N-------
---k----
--------
R-K-----

2. Mate in 6 (Halumbirek)

K-k-----
P-Pp----
-p-P----
--------
p-------
P--P----
--------
--------

3. Mate in 2 (?)

RNB----k
--------
-------K
--------
--------
--------
pppppppp
--------

4. Mate Black without taking a pawn (Brown)

Exeter Chess Club and Exeter Junior Chess Club

Safeguarding policy

We acknowledge the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and are we will make sure safeguarding practice reflects both our legal responsibilities and Government guidance and also complies with the English Chess Federation Guidelines (Attached).

As before, mostly to help me, but might help you,comments invited.

PER SECTION/ROOM

pairing cards

tournament sheet

pairing software?

Notes for my own benefit!  But might benefit you... Comments invited.

Exeter Juniors 1-3 Exeter School 22nd May 2015

default 0-1 Leif HAFSTAD
Ethan HWANG 1-0 Henry COLEMAN
Felix WATTS 0-1 Redmond COLEMAN
Ned RICHARDS 0-1 Nick ARMSTRONG

In a close match, where many of the players relied for support on a
mysterious brown elixir, the visiting team had an early boost when the
home team top board didn't arrive.

It looked as though the home team was going to score a rapid equaliser
when a mate-in-one appeared on board 3, but the opportunity passed by.
The material balance wobbled several times before Redmond found a

I hope your school runs a Chess Challenge competition this Spring, and I hope you qualify! But if one of those things is not true, there is always the...

pNbRqK

LAST CHANCE SALOON
kQrBnP

UK Schools Chess Challenge
9:30am Saturday 2nd May 2015 at Kenn Centre, KENNFORD, EX4 1JT
ENTRY FEE £10.00 (please make cheques payable to DJCA)

[pgn]
[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Coleman, Henry"]
[Black "Wallman, James"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C55"]
[PlyCount "75"]

U14 Training Day 14th February 2015

Thanks to everyone who came yesterday and made such a good effort.

The slideshow I used is attached for you to download.
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/sites/exeterchessclub.org.uk/files/U14Trai...

The free book and database is here:
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/downloads
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/x/FTP/JuniorRepertoire.pdf
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/sites/exeterchessclub.org.uk/files/juniore...

The software you need for different systems to read the database is linked here:

1.e4??                
               
    ( {The simplest loss is} 1.d4?? e5 2.dxe5 Qg5 3.Qxd7 Bxd7 4.Bxg5 Kd8 5.Bxd8 a6 6.Bxc7 Ra7 7.Bxb8           
    b6 8.Bxa7 a5 9.Bxb6 g6 10.Bxa5 Bb4 11.Bxb4 Ne7 12.Bxe7 Rf8 13.Bxf8 h6           

Congratulations to all prize-winners and participants at one of the largest and strongest events I have attended. The Under-15s in particular was a real shark-tank, with last year's prize-winners struggling to make an impression on the field of 30.

http://onionschess.co.uk/sites/onionschess.co.uk/files/DJCAchamps2014res...

Our special parochial congratulations to Exeter's own Reece Whittington, U15 champion after many years of plugging away, and it couldn't happen to a nicer chap.

We discussed odds-giving last Friday - that is, starting without one or more of your pieces.

I mentioned one of my favourite Lasker stories, where he teased a player who didn't know hime, which I quote from Chernev (1948):

Lasker `I think the odds of a Knight is an advantage to the odds-giver. You can get your Queen Rook into play quickly, and work up a strong attack. Let me try to give you a Knight odds.' Lasker's adversary assured him that at Knight odds, he (Lasker) would not have a chance. They tried a game though, and Lasker won. `You see,' said

Having won our other two matches, we went into our last game with league
victory assured, and so we ventured a younger team against Broadclyst
Primary School, who for so long have been the core of Devon's junior
squad.

When Ethan missed the start and Henry out-tricked himself, it looked as
though we were going to struggle for any sort of result. Oliver set up
a solid fortress while Redmond went fishing for chances against his
opponent's King. After Redmond hooked a mate and Oliver's castle was
breached, we went home with just one point.

As part of a chess program on television an extract from Kotov's book 'The White and the Black' was shown. The scene depicts Alekhin giving a simultaneous display against 30 German officers of the General staff in occupied Prague in 1943. The last game to finish is against Obersturbannfuhrer Spak. 'I resign', declares the German officer

[pgn]
[Event "Apocryphal"]
[Site "Prague"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Alekhin"]
[Black "Nazi General"]
[Result "1-0"]
[FEN "6k1/5pp1/5b2/5N1Q/3r4/1P6/P1Pq4/1K5R b - - 0 1"]
[Setup "1"]

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.

Photo and game notes attached

Dear Team

Well done! We won the Eustis U14 cup for the first time since 2006, and
did so with a thumping score.

Exeter Juniors 3-1 Torquay Boys Friday 2nd May 2014

Edmund Kelly (B) 1-0 Yul Lee (W)
Taylor Finch 1-0 Alex Lee
Leif Hafstad 1-0 Ben Sturt
Codie Finch 0-1 Jakub Kubiak

The home side scored a quick win when Taylor Finch picked
up the black Queen using an ancient trap in the French Defence, but the visitors equalised soon after when Jakub Kubiak's threat to the enemy King was ignored.

Leif Hafstad was never in trouble with his own French Defence, and was
happy to collect one pawn after another in a game where White
never looked comfortable.

Exeter Juniors 3-1 Torquay Boys Friday 2nd May 2014

Edmund Kelly (B) 1-0 Yul Lee (W)
Taylor Finch 1-0 Alex Lee
Leif Hafstad 1-0 Ben Sturt
Codie Finch 0-1 Jakub Kubiak

The home side scored a quick win when Taylor Finch picked
up the black Queen using an ancient trap in the French Defence, but the visitors equalised soon after when Jakub Kubiak's threat to the enemy King was ignored.

Leif Hafstad was never in trouble with his own French Defence, and was
happy to collect one pawn after another in a game where White
never looked comfortable.

I hope your school runs a Chess Challenge competition this Spring, and I hope you qualify! But if one of those things is not true, there is always the...

pNbRqK

LAST CHANCE SALOON
kQrBnP

UK Schools Chess Challenge
9:30am Saturday 10th May at Bowhill School, Exeter, EX4 1JT
ENTRY FEE £9.00 (please make cheques payable to DJCA)

Updated Sat 23 Nov 2013

The replacement of pieces in Exchange Chess reminds me of the game of
Japanese Chess, properly called Shogi, the generals' game. The flat
pieces are marked with kanji characters that are confusing for most people
brought up with the Roman alphabet, but I do own a German-made version
of the game which uses pieces marked with their powers of movement.
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/portable-shogi-set
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/childrens-shogi-set
http://stggames.com/STGStore//catalog/popup_image.php?pID=276

Players in secondary schools can struggle to practise. Your computer or smartphone can be a sparring partner, but that's not the same as playing real people. You can play online but the behaviour and language of some adults is pretty terrible.

But now...

What is Yes2Chess?

The U14s were mad keen to play Exchange Chess all day, and lobbied for a competition... DB Pritchard's Encyclopedia of Chess Variants calls this Tandem Chess or Double Bughouse Chess, but I've only ever heard it called Exchange Chess in the UK. The game is played with competing teams of two players, and captured pieces are recycled with 'drops', so the play remains in the middlegame.
Thanks to everyone who came to the U14 training day, and special thanks to Tim and Sally for their support. Whether or not you were there, you might find it useful to have a look at the links below. I hope you will find everything we showed you on the day and a few more things that we didn't have time for. This page has links to all the computer software I showed you, too.

A cracking start to the season, with Newton Abbot blooding some new talent. I hope this result doesn't discourage them! In fact, the opposition board 1 scored ahead of the entire Exeter team at the Devon Championships, so as is often the case, the result is more lop-sided than the games.

Reece Whittington 1-0 Jim Knott
Taylor Finch 1-0 Ben Sanders-Wyatt
Edmund Kelly 1-0 Toby Donaghue
Leif Hafstad 1-0 Calum Germain

[pgn]
[Event "Bloodworth Cup"]
[Site "Newton Abbot"]
[Date "2013.??.??"]
[Round "?.4"]
[White "Germain"]
[Black "Hafstad"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C00"]

Chess Quotes

"I am constantly amazed how many weaker players think that learning more openings more important than learning to keep pieces safe"

— Dan HEISMAN