A tale of three discoveries: a discovered attack proved the winning move in all three games.
Unmasked threats - discovered attacks and discovered checks - are the
most difficult threats to spot. You pay attention to the piece that
moves, but the threat comes from the piece behind.
I've attached a discovered attack training page - get your eye in! In 2010, the Devon U14 team lost an awful lot of points (or a lot of awful points) to discovered attacks, and the puzzles are all things that they missed.
A squad that fought its way out of Exeter's heavy traffic to visit Newton
Abbot emerged victorious to retain the Peter Rooke Cup.
Despite some late substitutions, the teams were roughly balanced with
Teignmouth looking stronger on the higher boards, so Exeter were looking
for points in the bottom half. In the event, the closing stages saw
Newton Abbot's lead on the lower boards overtaken by a couple of
last-minute wins for Exeter higher up the order.
Four games and no wins is so-so, but the blunder count was reassuringly
low, and I had a good attempt at winning a couple of games, including
the one against Helbig, who was the strongest player I faced. So,
progress of sorts.