Praxis

Practical play

Nagy-Keen, Friendly, 18 Oct 2011

[pgn]

[Event "Friendly"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.10.18"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Nagy, Dan"]
[Black "Keen, Charlie"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B23"]
[PlyCount "62"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 ({Well, I thought you were planning to play} 3. f4
$1) 3... e6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 {This may not be a bad result, I know Charlie
has been looking to play systems with ...e5 not ...e6.} 5... Bc5 6. Be3 (6. Nb3
$5 {is logical and may give a slight plus} 6... Bb4 7. Be2 (7. Bd2)) (6. Ndb5
$1 {looks best to me, even though it means moving a piece twice.} 6... d6 7.

There's a row going on, down near Slough

Trefor Thynne organised the first U18 team for a number of years to play in the English County Junior Championships at the end of the Summer Term. The match was held at Eton College.

Story and games appended.

Many thanks to Trefor for organising and to Robert Thompson for his notes to the games.

National report: http://www.englishchess.org.uk/?p=11931#more-11931
Local Report: http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/jt.doc
Results: http://www.bjca.org.uk/results.php?eid=1575

Playing for a win

Jonathan had a frustrating game recently, where his hopes of an interesting game with chances to win came to nothing. Have a play through this one and have see what you think.

Murray-Waley, 2011

With hindsight, the various exchanges and the symmetrical pawn formation with likely further exchanges of Rooks were strong drawing factors. So we can suggest:

Nagy vs Regis, Fri 13th May 2011

Training game with notes

[pgn]
[Event "Training"]
[Site "HSC"]
[Date "2011.05.13"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Nagy, Dan"]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C31"]
[PlyCount "56"]

{An interesting scrap. Both sides need to be sharper tactically!} 1. e4 (1.
Nc3 d5 2. e4 d4 3. Nce2 3... e5 {is the same line from a different move order.}
) 1... e5 (1... d5 2. Nc3 d4 3. Nce2 3... e5 {and again! The right plan in
this position is to play Ng3 quickly and park the Bf1 on a useful square - c4
or b5 - and then maybe Nf3 and/or f4}) 2. f4 d5 3. Nc3 (3. exd5 $1 3... e4 {

Exeter win Peter Rooke Cup 2011 UPDATED 15th May

Bonzer report from Trefor Thynne, generous in defeat! With photos.

http://www.chessdevon.co.uk/HTML/News/dcca/dcca1.htm

I got a very nice letter from Trefor too.

P.S. I expect that link will contain more recent news at some point, let me know if it stops working.

P.P.S. Games added

P.P.P.S. Report stolen and appended

An exercise in punctuation

Charlie sent me this game for comment. I thought it would be interesting for us both to annotate. If you would like to join in, please assign each move of Black a symbol:
! = almost certainly the best move
!? = a good move among alternatives
?! = probably not the best move
? = clearly wrong

[pgn]
[Event "Ex Club Chship"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2011.04.19"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Bolt, graham"]
[Black "keen, charles"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A00"]
[PlyCount "115"]

1. g3 d5 2. Bg2 Nf6 3. d3 e5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nf3 h6 6. Bxf6 Bxf6 7. c3 O-O 8. O-O

Nagy vs Regis, April 2011 (1/2-1/2)

White missed a big chance early on with his home-made system, then kept the lid on Black's initiative later. White dropped a pawn while trying something on the King's-side, but when Black pushed his luck got a monster passed pawn. In the end, Black was grateful to be offered a perpetual check.

[pgn]
[Event "Friendly ECC"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.04.08"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Nagy, Dan"]
[Black "Regis, D."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D00"]
[PlyCount "79"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 (2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bf4 {is the London System}) 2... Nf6 3. Bf4 {

Exeter Juniors vs Newton Abbot Juniors 1st April 2011 (3-1)

Ken Bloodworth, who donated the Cup for this junior chess league, died just over a week ago aged 96, playing chess even in his last year. A wonderful man and a player, who did so much for junior chess, not just in Devon but all over Britain.

Obituary at Keverel Chess: http://www.keverelchess.com/ken-bloodworth-1914-2011/
Biography at Keverel Chess: http://www.keverelchess.com/k-j-bloodworth-25-06-1914/

{This back-and-forth game was settling into a tense endgame when White allowed
a snap mate. Both sides allowed and missed chances!}

[pgn]

Exeter Juniors vs Seaton, 25th March 2011 (2½-1½)

[Please ignore the stupid number of page visits, I think someone's robot threw a wobbly]

{
White eventually took a loose pawn and played good aggressive chess to wrap up.
}

[pgn]
[Event "Exeter Juniors vs Seaton"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.03.25"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Frey, Adam"]
[Black "Marsh, Brian"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D00"]
[PlyCount "77"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 (2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bg5) 2... Nf6 3. Nc3 {
These square-knight openings are usually pretty duff, do find another one!} (3.
e3 e6 (3... Bf5 4. c4) 4. Bd3) (3. c4) 3... Nbd7 (3... Bf5) 4. Bg5 4... b6 {

Exeter Juniors vs Exeter School, 11th March 2011 (1-3)

Lots to enjoy in an evenly matched contest.

Board 1

{A well-played game by both sides. We don't see close endgames very often in
junior chess, and this was a fine one.}

[pgn]
[Event "Exeter Juniors vs. Exeter School"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.03.11"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Royle, James"]
[Black "Senior, Tom"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C50"]
[PlyCount "110"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 3... h6 {
Ooh, too slow. Playing quite that safe is dangerous!} 4. d4 exd4 5. Nxd4 Qf6
6. Be3 Bc5 7. c3 {White is a move ahead on the usual Scotch Game.} 7... b6 (

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