Coaching

Improvement and chess psychology

Devon Juniors Training Day Sat 5th Nov 2016

Materials from the event are linked below.

Very many thanks to Paul O'Neill, Julian Bacon, Ben Sturt and Steve Keay for running the day.

Thanks too to Andrew Ashenhurst and St Peter's School for hosting.

Riviera Mini-Simul against U9 juniors

In order to get a bit of material to think about a future training event, Devon U9 Team co-Manager, Ben Sturt, took on the might of the U9 entry in a 7-board mini-simul.

These were the games... more on this later!

[Event "Mini-simul"]
[Site "Churston Grammar"]
[Date "2016. 1.10"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Sturt,Ben"]
[Black "U9"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "C40"]
[EventDate "2016. 1.10"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Bb4 3. c3 Nf6 4. cxb4 Nxe4 5. Nxe5 O-O 6. d3 Nxf2 7. Kxf2 Qf6+ 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. Bd2 Nd4 10. Bc3 Nxf3 11. Bxf6 *

[pgn]
[Event "Mini-simul"]
[Site "Churston Grammar"]

Free chess coaching videos online

I've been slow to tune in to what's available on places like YouTube for chess instruction, but here's a start, and I'll add to it over the while.

Comments and recommendations welcome; if there's an obvious gap I might have a go myself.
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/contact

The Chess Doctor at the DJCA Riviera Tournament 2015

We had lots of wonderful volunteers at the Riviera, which left me free
to be a roving coach. Come and see the Chess Doctor, I said, and he
will find our what's wrong with your chess, and suggest some treatments.

Coaching Programme Summer 2015

Coaching Programme Summer 2015

Tuesdays 7.30pm Small Bar, Heavitree Social Centre

7th July Opening workshop (move orders in the Accelerated Dragon, home-made openings, suggestions from the floor) http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/opening-workshop-2015
14^th July: Passed Pawn Pandemonium http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/passed-pawn-pandemonium
21^st July: Tactical knockouts with Tim: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/tims-tactics
28^th July: Blunder-checking http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/blunder-proofing-your-game

U14 Training Day 14th February 2015

U14 Training Day 14th February 2015

Thanks to everyone who came yesterday and made such a good effort.

The slideshow I used is attached for you to download.
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/sites/exeterchessclub.org.uk/files/U14Trai...

The free book and database is here:
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/downloads
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/x/FTP/JuniorRepertoire.pdf
http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/sites/exeterchessclub.org.uk/files/juniore...

The software you need for different systems to read the database is linked here:

Coaching Summer 2014

Coaching Sessions Summer 2014
24 Jun - Openings workshop
01 Jul - Rook and Pawn Endgames
08 Jul - Getting better at chess
15 Jul - Theo Slade Simul
22 Jul - Blunder-proofing your game

U14 Training Day, 1st February 2014

Thanks to everyone who came to the U14 training day, and special thanks to Tim and Sally for their support. Whether or not you were there, you might find it useful to have a look at the links below. I hope you will find everything we showed you on the day and a few more things that we didn't have time for. This page has links to all the computer software I showed you, too.

Summer Coaching Sessions 2013

7.30pm kickoff, in the small bar

Positions attached to the middlegame and escapes sessions

16th July Middlegame gym
Middlegame gym
"What I think might be quite good is to take a few positions – possibly not highly tactical ones – but then just look how you come up with candidates and plans etc

23rd July Opening Workshop
Openings Workshop 2013

A coaching challenge

I played at the East Devon Chess Congress earlier this year alongside my
longstanding friend and team-mate Charlie Keen. During a break between
games, we went over one of his encounters, looking for tips for next
time. The critical position was this one:

[Event "East Devon"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2013.03.03"]
[Round "?"]
[White "charles, keen"]
[Black "terence, greenaway"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Annotator "Critical position"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "r4rk1/2p2ppp/p1n2q2/1p2pP1n/1P2P3/P2BB2P/2P3PK/3RQR2 w - - 0 20"]
[PlyCount "0"]

1-0

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Chess Quotes

> Does anybody know the etymology of skittles?
"Once in a Moscow chess club I saw how two first-category players knocked pieces off the board as they were exchanged, so that the pieces fell onto the floor.
It was as if they were playing skittles and not chess!
"
Think Like A Grandmaster by Alexander KOTOV

Michael Trent, michael@shogi.demon.co.uk