"Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast." -- William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

Middlegame Strategy Advice

  1. Know where your pieces like to be: Bishops and Rooks on open lines, Knights in the centre
  2. Use all your pieces -- make them play as a team
  3. Gang up on your opponent's weak spots

Pawns like to be in groups or chains.

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--------
--------
---P----
--P-----
-P------
P----PPP
--------

Knights like supported central squares, especially if they can't be chased off by pawns

--------
p----ppp
-p-p----
--pN----
--P-----
-P------
P----PPP
--------

Bishops like open diagonals

--------
p----ppp
-p-p----
--pN----
--P-----
-P------
PBB--PPP
--------

Rooks like open files, and to reach the seventh rank

--------
p---Rppp
-p-p----
--pN----
--P-----
-P------
PBB--PPP
----R---

Queens like to be in the centre, but hate being bothered, so wait until some or most other pieces have been swapped off

--------
p----ppp
-p-p----
--pQ----
--P-----
-P------
P----PPP
----R---

Kings like to be safe in the castle, but once the Queens are off, they can come out and join in the attack

--------
p----ppp
-p-p----
--p-----
--P-----
-P---N--
P----PPP
-----RK-

 

PAST Training events (click for notes)

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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 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