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Exeter Junior Chess Club

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News and games
(and other games)
between September and May from 5:30pm at

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

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.]

I've recently completed reviewing the games from the West and Wales Junior Jamboree event, held this year in Merthyr Tydfil.

The booklet is a PDF which can be seen/downloaded here: U14 Jamboree match booklet 2011.

This is the latest in a series; other editions can be found here: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/junior-chess-games

Another close match, well done to all!

Board 1


[Event "EJCC vs TBGS"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.02.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Worsey, Elliot"]
[Black "Royle, James"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C44"]
[PlyCount "50"]

{Black gets his King displaced early on and it gets caught by White's busy
pieces.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 {The Scotch Opening, a good system for
White which creates an immediate clash in the centre.} 3... d6 $6 {This allows
White to upset Black's development. I think you did that in your last game

Want to improve your chess? Start here! I have watched and analysed and commented on many junior chess games over the years, and I am pretty clear now about the most common reasons for losing a game [or drawing a game you were winning]. They are:

* missing basic tactics
* not sure what to do in the opening
* not sure what to do *after* the opening
* mistakes in finishing off and endgames

Here are some cures:


Make sure you know all the basic tactics

Practise spotting tactics

From the UK Chess Challenge

Let's Chess Again:

"Sensational new chess video by Alex and Marcus of St Andrew's, Much Haddam, Herts"

(via Trefor Thynne of Torquay Boys Grammar school)

Too busy to do a proper web version watch this space... This is a very beginner's guide to the French.


I thought I had this document on the website already, but it appears not. Clearly, if you find another version here, do let me know!

Good further reading:
How to Play Against 1 e4 -- Neil McDonald



It's always a pleasure to have a chance to show these games to a new generation of chess players. Dan fancied learning about a more aggressive opening, and one of the ones we looked at was Evans' Gambit.

[Event "over loading"]
[Site "over loading"]
[Date "1963.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Fischer"]
[Black "Fine NY (skittles game)"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C52"]
[PlyCount "33"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Ba5 6. d4 exd4 7. O-O dxc3 8.
Qb3 Qe7 9. Nxc3 Nf6 10. Nd5 Nxd5 11. exd5 Ne5 12. Nxe5 Qxe5 13. Bb2 13... Qg5 {

I was unsure whether to put in a team this year, but the squad put up an excellent fight last week to lose a close match to the visitors. The return fixture is in Fenruary.

I have the scores of two games:

[Event "EJCC vs TBGS"]
[Site "Heavitree Social Club"]
[Date "2011.01.21"]
[Round "1"]
[White "James"]
[Black "TBGS"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C00"]
[PlyCount "67"]

{Good play by Black early on gave White the worse position, but White
gradually swung it around to a winning endgame, yet slipped just as victory

Random Chess Tips

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This is Gene Davis's rather wonderful free Shogi (Japanese Chess) Java applet.
Choose 'Western' from the tokens menu if you don't read Japanese.

André Heuner's Java Chess

To play: drag and drop a piece to the square

We'll post here all the latest news from Exeter Junior Chess Club
Place eight queens on the chessboard without any being able to attack/defend any others

Click on an open square to place a queen. Click on a queen to remove it from the table.

[Event "analysis: BCF example"]
[Site "analysis: BCF example"]
[Date "1995.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "BCF example game for analysis"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E09"]
[PlyCount "55"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. O-O 6... c6 {
[DIAGRAM] a. Can you suggest a more active line for Black instead of this move?} (6...
c5 {*N.B. all answers are DR's and not BCF's!*}) 7. Nbd2 7... O-O {[DIAGRAM] b. Would
7...dxc4 be better than this move? Give a simple reason for your answer.} (7...

We were invited to play a friendly match at Seaton.  Two of the games survive whole, one in part:

Exeter Junior Chess Club: Czech Knight Exercise

Visit each square of the board in turn with a knight; in turn means visit a1, then b1, then c2...h1, then h2 and come back the other way.  You must not capture any black pawns or be attacked by any.

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Pretty good guys... getting better every match!  We were within an ace of winning this one... Next time!  In fact, Seaton have generously invited us for a friendly match at their club -- who's interested in going?

  • Board 1
  • Board 2
  • Board 3
  • Well, another rather lop-side score, but the games certainly weren't lopsided.

    They ain't so big... just tall, that's all

    The games with some comments:

    No chess club for three weeks?!

    You can play chess online at the Free Internet Chess Server

    If you want to improve for free:

    Openings: see yesterday's post!

    Tactics: try the Chess Tactics Server
    Our First Match

    Well, ouch! We lost four-nil, but I hope you thought that, however big and strong they were, they weren’t that much better than us, and they didn’t do anything very special to beat us. (Is that a good thing?)  But I was very pleased and proud with how well you played, how well you fought, and how well you concentrated.  It wouldn't have needed much luck for us to come away with 2-2.  They're just tall, that's all...