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Exeter Club Championship & Rapidplay Tournament 2011-2012

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Chess Coaching Summer 2011 (updated 23rd August)

"Your best teacher is your last mistake." - Ralph NADER
Suggested topics and dates so far:

Junior web pages

Welcome


Exeter Chess Club [MAP] is a strong and thriving club in Devon (South-West England), established in 1895, which plays in the Exeter and District Chess League and the leagues organised by the Devon County Chess Association.

This website tells you about the club and its junior wing and keeps members and visitors up to date with developments; you might be particularly interested in our coaching materials and Dr.Dave's Chess Coaching Blog.

 
 

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Getting started with the Coaching stuff...

Duck Chess

It's like chess, only with a duck. The duck is on the chess board at all times. It cannot be moved through or taken, and the square it occupies is for the duck alone. Every chess move must be followed by a duck move. The duck can be moved to any square on the board. So, a game might start: 1. e4/De6 (preventing 1...e5 and 1...e6) 1...c5/De2 (preventing developing of Queen or Bishop) 2.

Said the Elephant to the Bishop...

"What's this piece called?"
"A Bishop. What is it in Spanish, Sophie?"
"Alfil"
"And in French, Agathe?"
"Fou"

Therein lies a story...

The old Arab form of chess had a piece called the elephant, which, unlike most elephants I know, could jump two squares at a time, diagonally. And 'al-fil' means the Elephant in Arabic (Pil in Persian).

But if you have a lump of stone, or wood, and you want to show that it is an elephant, you might carve two curving lines on it for tusks, or make two points on it to show the same.

Christmas Greetings 2015

You won't be surprised to hear that we won't be meeting
on Friday 25th Dec or Friday 1st January, so the neet meeting
will be Friday 8th January 2016

Thanks for all your support and best wishes for Christmas and New Year

Our Christmas card features a chess puzzle; see the comments for hints!

The chess family tree

Last week the juniors saw the game of Shogi played. It's the sort of chess played in Japan, and by our new friends Kaz and Hatzune. How is Shogi related to the sort of chess that we normally play?

Things to take to a chess tournament

As before, mostly to help me, but might help you,comments invited.

PER SECTION/ROOM

pairing cards

tournament sheet

pairing software?

Things to say before a junior chess tournament

Notes for my own benefit!  But might benefit you... Comments invited.
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Chess Quotes

"The chess-board is the world,
the pieces are the phenomena of the Universe,
the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature,
The player on the other side is hidden from us.
"
— Thomas HUXLEY (1825-1895).