Welcome to Devon Junior Chess Association


About us

The Association is a small committee of volunteers who organise and promote junior chess in the county. It runs tournaments and coaching days for players of all abilities from those who are new to competitive chess right through to those who play at County level. Players from the age of 7 through to those in their teens take part in the events and come from many schools and the junior clubs that exist in the county. The Association selects and runs County Under 11 and Under 9 teams.

There are also events for over 11s run on behalf of the Devon County Chess Association which includes the County Under-14 team.

We depend on volunteers to make our events run smoothly -- can you help us out one day?

Opening booklets pretty well complete

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I've added to the collection of opening guides a PDF booklet and a PGN file for the Old Indian and Philidor's Defence (one booklet), same again for the Benko Gambit and Cambridge Springs Defence, and PGN+PDF for each the three Black hypermodern defences: Alekhin's, Grunfeld's and the Pirc/Modern complex.  

I think we're pretty well done now; I don't want to tempt anyone with a booklet on any of the hypermodern openings for White or anything less orthodox than I've done already.

Petroff Defence

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Petroff Defence: PDF booklet and PGN file added to secret openings booklet list -- comments invited, may get updated soon.

New openings booklets and PGN files

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Playing against unorthodox openings as Black (English, Reti, Bird's, Grob)

  • PGN chapter included in file on Swiss Defence 
  • PDF as a separate booklet

All linked from the secret file emailed to the U14s


DJCA U18 Training 2021 PGN games

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[Event "DJCA U18 Training Tournament"]
[Site "https://lichess.org/TixicLep"]
[Date "2021.02.20"]
[Round "?"]
[White "PeNgXiAo_ZhU"]
[Black "Abusuhayl"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E10"]
[WhiteElo "1639"]
[BlackElo "1500"]
[Annotator "Regis,Dave"]
[PlyCount "92"]
[EventDate "2021.??.??"]
[TimeControl "1500+5"]
[WhiteClock "0:11:08"]
[BlackClock "0:13:05"]

{White got a big advantage out of the opening, but stubborn defence by Black
held the line somehow, and then White was bullied into defending a worse

Why is chess hard?


Lots of reasons, I expect, but here's one: you know you need to be careful, and spot what your opponent is threatening, but your next move might create a new threat that wasn't there before you moved!

1. When you move a piece, it attacks/defends new squares, but will also stop attacking/defending some squares.

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