Practical play

Devon Team Rapidplay October 2011

Congratulations to Tiverton for winning, thanks to Newton Abbot for hosting and many thanks to Victor Cross for controlling.

Bob's account of the event, with fashion notes:

Some of my games from the event below; these were reconstructed after the event, so I can't vouch for the accuracy of every move.

[Event "Devon Team Rapidplay"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.10.10"]
[Round "1"]
[White "DR"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A23"]
[PlyCount "55"]

Exeter Juniors 2-3 Torquay Boys' Grammar School

A well-fought match which could have gone either way, with lots of good ideas shown by the players. I think in most games the advantage changed hands a couple of times - exciting stuff!

I've added the PGN file so you can play through the games and variations on your own computer.

[Event "EJCC vs TBGS"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2012.02.24"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Trott, Tomas"]
[Black "Worsley, Elliott"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C11"]
[PlyCount "45"]

{White's home-made opening was good enough to get into a fair fight, and both

EJCC 2-2 Newton Abbot Juniors 16th Dec 2011

One of the best and best-contested matches I've had the pleasure to watch. Well done to all players!

W Royle ½-½ Fraser
B Trott ½-½ Whitehead
W Keat 1-0 Ramesh
B Terrill 0-1 Chornenkyy

A tough game fought in the jungles of a hypermodern opening, in the end Black's
exchange was enough to balance an advanced passed pawn - or maybe the
other way around!

[Event "EJCC vs. Newton Abbot Juniors"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.12.16"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Royle, James"]
[Black "Fraser, John"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B20"]
[PlyCount "83"]

Rex Willis Memorial Tournament 2011 - a participant's view

[Just some notes that emerged on Saturday; even if I had written this on
Tuesday night I expect most of the moves would be wrong, so take them
with a pinch or three of salt!]

The Tournament is a Gambit Theme Rapidplay, 10 minutes each with an
obligatory gambit for all players determined for each round.

Round 1: Benko Gambit (White vs Giles)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.cxb5 a6 5.bxa6 Bxa6

The Benko is a sound gambit; Black gets enough play for the pawn. I
played the most solid moves I could think of, insisting on castling

Nagy-Keen, Friendly, 18 Oct 2011


[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:
Local Report:

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

[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.

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

[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

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