Praxis

Lessons from Anand

Anand's easy manner sits on top of a breathtaking attacking verve and capacity for creative counterplay.

Opening

The imaginative attacking finish seems to belong to an earlier era, while the opening play is all modern. The leads to an early release of central tension, and, if Black can develop smoothly, will have no problems. This line is an attempt to prevent Black from developing smoothly, and no end of rule-breaking goes on to that end.

[Event "Biel"]
[Site "Biel"]
[Date "1997.??.??"]
[Round "?"]

Lessons from Carlsen

Carlsen often seems to win without doing anything in particular, but doing it very well. Commentators have tried to explain his peculiar gift by appealing to 'nettlesome' moves, moves that have no obvious dangers, but perhaps are surprisingly awkward to meet.

Opening

Carlsen, particularly when younger, has been noted more for his avoidance of sharp and theoretical lines, than having signature opening systems. He often seems content to aim for a 'normal' White plus in the opening, hoping to build on it later on, particularly in blitz.

Lessons from Kramnik

We have entered an era where it is not always obvious what the best players are doing. They are better than previous generations, they play all positions well, and they are fighting against players who also do everything well, and what makes the difference is not apparent to me.

But while Kramnik's play is subtle and deep, there are games which makes it look as though what he is doing is as simple as it looks.

Opening

Kramnik brought to several apparently settled opening systems a new clarity in pursuing White's main plans. In the Grunfeld, it was White's

Peter Rooke Cup FINAL Sat 19th May 2018 Exeter 2½-5½ Newton Abbot

(A) Exeter 2½-5½ Newton Abbot (H)

Graham Bolt 196 (B) ½-½ Paul Brooks 170 (W)
Dave Regis 166 (W) ½-½ Alan Brusey 158 (B)
Sean Pope 140 ½-½ Vignesh Ramesh
Tony Hart 135 0-1 Andrew Kinder
John Guard 130 ½-½ John Allen
Will Marjoram 128 ½-½ Jacquie Barber-Lafon
John Maloney 108 0-1 Mike Hussey
Brian Aldwin 88 0-1 Z Grophulous

Exeter 2½-5½ Newton Abbot

Games to follow

Exeter 5-3 Teignmouth, Peter Rooke Cup semi-final 10 March 2018

EXETER (H)					TEIGNMOUTH (A)

Lowe, Chris (B)		 176 	½-½	163	Ingham, Bill (W)
Regis, David (W)	 166 	0-1	125	Cockerton, Mark (B)
Amos, Jeremy		 147 	1-0	122	Henry, Ian
Walker, Harry		E140 	½-½	108	Doidge, Charles
Whittington, Reece W	 131 	1-0	E90	Stuart, Brian
Sachdeva, Deepak	E130 	1-0	 84	Webster, Alan
Kelly, Edmund		 114 	1-0	 83	Chubb, Raymond
Gardner, Douglas	E50 	0-1	 67	White, Michael

				5-3

On paper, the home team were comfortable winners, and so the score might suggest, but, as they say about football, the game isn't played on

How to beat your Dad at chess

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2018.01.21"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Sequiera, Alfie"]
[Black "Sequiera, Alistair"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C53"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2018.01.21"]
{No problems for White here: there are a couple of points in the opening you
could have another look at.} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 d6 5. d4 exd4
{So far, so good!} 6. Nxd4 ({The idea of c3 is to take over the centre, and

Exeter 5-3 East Budleigh Sat 28th Oct 2017

Exeter 5-3 East Budleigh Sat 28th Oct 2017

Chris Lowe 176 (W) 0-1 Keith Arkell 237 (B)

Dave Regis 166 ½-½ Kevin Hurst 173

Leif Hafstad 159 0-1 Brian Gosling 154

Sean Pope 143 ½-½ Jonathan Waley E130

Ian Simpson 130 1-0 Barbara Newcombe 92

Eddy Palmer 129 1-0 Mike Lee 85

Ed Kelly 114 1-0 Tom Miner 62

Brian Aldwin 88 1-0 Max Lee 61

The newly minted East Budleigh club hosted our Peter Rooke Knockout match last Saturday.

Exeter 3½-4½ Newton Abbot Peter Rooke Cup Semi-Final 28th Jan 2017

The visitors took an early lead when, on bottom board, Brian's extra piece got sidetracked and the opposition's pawns rolled unstoppably forward. (0-1)

It looked like we would be two down when Will lost a pawn early on, but, with his opponent focussing on the Queen's-side, he picked up a piece and put together some decisive threats on the other wing. (1-1)

Always-enterprising Chris Lowe did his best to upset Trefor's solid build-up, but after some tense manoeuvres, was happy to agree a draw when White refused to be distracted. (1½-1½)

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