The two-minute rule

We had a 4-board match this week where eight Division One chessplayers weren't clear enough about the rules to give much confidence in the knowledge of the rest of you... 

Stewart Reuben says in the latest Organiser's Handbook that this rule "...continues to give arbiters problems. ... When I was in South Africa and held a seminar, the local arbiters wanted to spend the whole time discussing nothing else."

End of season newsletter 2011

Half-term seems to have come upon us very suddenly! We normally shut the club for the summer at the May half-term, as attendance drops off so quickly when Summer arrives. So the last club night of this season will be Friday May 27th.

We might have a chat on Friday about what you might want to happen next season -- more matches? fewer matches? some more coaching?

The first club night of the new season will be on Friday 16th September 2011. I'll write to you all in September to confirm this.

John Brown's body of work

I was at the WECU Easter Congress in Exmouth today for the final round (news at http://chessdevon.co.uk/), and heard from Bill Frost that Brian Gosling has written a book about the problems of Dorset composer John Brown. And I thought if I hadn't heard about it, then perhaps you haven't too.


pThe Junior club will be meeting every Friday until the end of May,br / including Friday 22nd and Friday 29th April./p pHope to see you there!/p pD/p

Plagiarists' Corner

pI've just noticed that one of my favourite comedians, Stewart Lee, has a little bit of his website devoted to rip-offs of his work:br / a href="http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/plagiarists.htm" title="http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/plagiarists.htm"http://www.stewartlee.co.uk/plagiarists.htm/a/p pOn a completely different topic, you might be interested to compare the design of a popular locally produced scorebook:br /

Chess: the musical

p...coming to the Princess Theatre, Torquay/p p"Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood directs an amazing cast in an extraordinary new staging of the classic musical CHESS."/p p“em…possibly the ultimate staging of Chess./em” The Chroniclebr / "/p pAncient chessplayers who remember the KK struggles of the late 1970s and early 1980s will find some echoes here./p pLyricist Tim Rice is apparently a chess player, although he seems to have let his grading lapse./p pRead more:/p


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