Praxis

Practical play

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 (

Devon U14 Jamboree games & comments

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

Return Match against TBGS 11th Feb 2011

Another close match, well done to all!

Board 1

[pgn]

[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

Why do you lose at chess?

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:

TACTICS

Make sure you know all the basic tactics
http://www.exeterchessclub.org.uk/x/FTP/tactics6.pdf

Practise spotting tactics

EJCC vs Torquay Boys' Grammar 21 Jan 2011

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:

[pgn]
[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

Winning Chess for Humans

Junior Chess Games

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The Art of Analysis, Part 1

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