DJCA Training Day

DJCA squad training day


Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 10:00


Torquay Boys Grammar School (Sixth Form Block) TQ2 7EL

Entry form: 


1. Email me for details of the secret Openings page to see the PGN/PDF for your opening

2. Tactics training

  • I don't have Paul's examples for you to download but you can find similar ones online
  • In fact, there are new ones each day here!
  • The main point was: make a list of all the checks captures and threats on every turn to 'solve' a position

3. Using computers

  • Database:
  1. ChessBase (commercial)
  2. ChessX (free)
  • Chess analysis engine:
  1. Fritz (commercial
  2. StockFish (free)
  • If you install ChessX on a desktop, it will automatically include StockFish

4. It's a set-up

  • Tim's construction tasks

5. Blunder-proofing

6. Practical chess

7. Closing plenary -- Endgames -  see Dave's Evening Endgame Session -- Planning - I will email.




  • Players to arrive for 9.45am, please.
  • We will start at 10.00am, run two topics in the morning session, break for lunch for 30 minutes, and restart an afternoon session with two more topics, ending at 3.30pm.
  • The day will consist mostly of coaching using discussions, worksheets and other activities.
  • The children will be supervised throughout the day, so parents are not required to stay.
  • Players should bring with them sufficient food, drink and snacks to last all day.
  • The cost will be £12 per child.

Entry form:

PAST Training events (click for notes)

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