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Middlegame Strategy Advice

  1. Be kind to your pieces.  Know where your pieces like to be: Bishops and Rooks on open lines, Knights in the centre; everyone likes space and the centre.
  2. Use all your pieces -- make them play as a team
  3. Gang up on your opponent's weak spots - pawns or kings!
  4. Don't attack without good reason.
  5. When attacking, keep pieces on
  6. When defending, swap off dangerous pieces.


PAST Training events (click for notes)

DJCA squad training event SUN 19th Nov 2023

A day for the Devon County Team squads U11 U14 U18


Sunday, November 19, 2023 - 10:00
U18/U14 training event Sat 3rd June 2023

A day for the Devon County Team squads U9 U11 U14 U18


Saturday, June 3, 2023 - 10:00
DJCA U18 Training Tournament 2021

Open to all players 13+ but will suit stronger players.

Invitation spots for strong U13 players.

All games to be played on Lichess

Players will receive coaching notes from the games


Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 09:30
TBGS Invitational Training Evening

Nick Butland Championship Analysis

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 17:30
TBGS Invitational Training Evening

Julian Bacon Surviving the Opening

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 17:30
TBGS Invitational Training Evening

Dave Regis on Endgames

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 17:30
TBGS Invitational Training Evening

Trefor Thynne Master Commentary

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 17:30
DJCA Invitational Team Training Evening Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 17:30
DJCA Training Day

DJCA squad training day

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00
DJCA Junior Squad Training INVITATION ONLY

Squad members will receive an invitation by email. If you think you have been forgotten, please contact us.

This is for all players in the squad, not just those in the team selected for the South Wales & West of England Jamboree on Saturday 13th January, for which invitations have not yet been made.

  • Players to arrive for 0945, please.

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 10:00