Praxis

U14 County Jamboree Games 2010

Thirty-odd under-14 games, played last month with notes by DR. For general themes and comments on the openings, see the whole booklet. These games are included here just in case anyone wants to play over them here or download them. [Actually, I think they're here just to see if anyone notices.] Click [...] for list of games
[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.01.23"]
[Round "1.1"]
[White "Leung, Jeff"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B76"]

A friendly match

We were invited to play a friendly match at Seaton.nbsp; Two of the games survive whole, one in part:
[Event "Exeter vs. Seaton"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2010.05.08"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Nagy, Dan"]
[Black "Porter, Les"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C50"]
[PlyCount "33"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. d3 d6 5. Ng5 5... Be6 $2 {Can't count!} (5...
Nh6 $1 {Defends with development.}) 6. Bxe6 fxe6 7. Nxe6 {

Our third match

Pretty good guys... getting better every match! We were within an ace of winning this one... Next time!nbsp; In fact, Seaton have generously invited us for a friendly match at their club -- who's interested in going?
[Event "Exeter Juniors vs Seaton"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2010.02.23"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Batten, Adam"]
[Black "Baal, Lloyd"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C41"]
[PlyCount "106"]

{Lots of good strong logical chess here... Shame about the finish, and there

Our Second Match

Well, another rather lop-side score, but the games certainly weren't lopsided.

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[Event "EJCC vs. TBGS"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2010.02.05"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Batten, Adam"]
[Black "Nie, Daniel"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B00"]
[PlyCount "71"]

{You seemed a bit distracted to start with: I'm sure you've been told, calm
down and play slowly and check what your opponent can do to you.    Once you

How not to beat Andrew Greet

An account of our Christmas simul

Genial Cornish giant Andrew Greet came to show us how it was done before Christmas, and I'm sorry it's taken me this long to catch up and do some notes.nbsp; Bob Jones was generous and prompt in his transcription of the games to PGN, so please don't blame him!

Having watched Gary Lane wipe the floor with us a few times, I thought I had a view about how it was done, but clearly personal style has a bearing too: Andrew seemed much less inclined to go for broke and played quite conservatively in the openings, content to go for a solid

Swindles

Diligent explorers of this website may have found a little collection of the finest swindles that I had perpetrated in my career, up to the point where I established this website.nbsp; I pulled off another one so appalling that I thought it too should be displayed as a dreadful warning to others.nbsp; The serendipity of life ensured that a week or two before, hot new signing Tim Paulden had pulled off a win when a piece down in an endgame, and a week or two after, I witnessed Ian Jamieson come out with a win in a position that the most sympathetic reading would say was unpromising.

Our first match

Our First Match

Well, ouch! We lost four-nil, but I hope you thought that, however big and strong they were, they weren’t that much better than us, and they didn’t do anything very special to beat us. (Is that a good thing?)  But I was very pleased and proud with how well you played, how well you fought, and how well you concentrated.  It wouldn't have needed much luck for us to come away with 2-2.  They're just tall, that's all...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di1-bB1w4wM

In the end, we fell

How do Chess-Players Think?

These are extracts from Simon Webb's superb series of articles for Barry Wood's old CHESS magazine. Simon showed a panel of players a position and recorded their spoken thoughts for ten minutes. The articles are well worth digging out: obviously there is much more in the articles than I can present here, but it will give you a flavour of the sorts of issues that can arise. The joy of this technique, of course, is that you can repeat the exercise with the same or different positions in your own club.

 The positions are presented twice, one without commentary

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