Practical play

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


Time trouble

Notes from Tim's session on Time Trouble

U14 County Jamboree Games 2010

A friendly match

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

Our third match

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
  • Our Second Match

    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:

    How not to beat Andrew Greet

    An account of our Christmas simul

    Genial Cornish giant Andrew Greet came to show us how it was done before Christmas, and I'm sorry it's taken me this long to catch up and do some notes.  Bob Jones was generous and prompt in his transcription of the games to PGN, so please don't blame him!


    Diligent explorers of this website may have found a little collection of the finest swindles that I had perpetrated in my career, up to the point where I established this website.  I pulled off another one so appalling that I thought it too should be displayed as a dreadful warning to others.  The serendipity of life ensured that a week or two before, hot new signing Tim Paulden had pulled off a win when a piece down in an endgame, and a week or two after, I witnessed Ian Jamieson come out with a win in a position that the most sympathetic reading would say was unpromising.

    Our first match

    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...

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    Chess Quotes

    "To play with correctness and skill the ends of games, is an important but a very rare accomplishment, expect among the magnates of the game."
    — Howard STAUNTON, The Chess-Players' Handbook 1847 (Plus ca change...)