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.



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Club Games - Andrew Pickering at work

Taylor, M (1605) - Pickering, A (2000) (1503) [A21] Exeter vs. Rainham

1. c4 e5 2. g3

[2. Nc3]

2... f5 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. e3

  (This is a good formation, going for a central roller, but obviously you need to look out for weak squares)

4... Nc6 5. Nc3 g6 6. d4 e4 7. f3

  (could have been saved up; Black isn't playing ...d5 yet)

7... exf3 8. Nxf3

  (White has a central pawn but must aim at e2-e4)

Steve Homer at work

Wood, DA (2200) - Homer, SJ (Surrey Open ) (2040) (7) [C04] praxis: positional sacrifice in club play, 1988

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nc6 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nd7 6. Nb3 f6 7. Bf4 fxe5 8. dxe5 Be7 9. Bd3 O-O 10. Bg3 Nb4 11. Be2 c5 12. O-O a5 13. a3 Nc6 14. c4!? d4 15. Bd3


Club Games - Mark Blackmore on a roll

Annotations by the dead chuffed MB, interruptions by DR

Coburn - Blackmore, Mark (142) East Devon Major, 1996

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 Be7 4. Bg2 d5 5. O-O O-O 6. a4


Club Games - Steve Webb at work

Webb, S - Annetts, I [D04] Exeter vs. Tiverton, 1996

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 Bf5

  A familiar anti-Colle line, making Bd3/e3-e4 difficult. White correctly changes plan.

4. c4 e6 5. Qb3 Qc8

  Passive but tenable; White has a harmonious development and an easier game.

6. Nc3 c6 7. Be2


Bruce Rowston at work

Mason,DR - Rowston,B [E15] East Devon Minor #1, 1996

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3

  The main line Queen's Indian position.

4... d5

  I can't help thinking this is dubious, immediately blocking the diagonal.

[4... Bb7]

[4... Ba6]

5. cxd5 exd5

[5... Nxd5 6. e4 Nf6 7. Bb5+ Nfd7 8. d5]

6. Bg2 Bb7 7. O-O