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 ""]
[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.

The Master touch (CCpgn)


Some master touches by Capablanca:

Move 8: Avoid isolated pawn

Move 18: develop before attacking

Move 20: look at every capture!

Move 29: keep control instead of grabbing a pawn and losing the d-file

Move 32: swap pieces when you are ahead


Christmas Puzzles 2020

I hope you have fun with these!

Very easy: White to play and mate in 6 moves (Mums and Dads)

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[Annotator "Fox/James"]
[White "#6"]
[Black "B"]
[Result "1-0"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "K1k5/P1Pp4/1p1P4/8/p7/P2P4/8/8 w - - 0 1"]
[PlyCount "11"]

{[#]} 1. *

Fairly easy: White to play and mate in 6 moves (U9s/U11s)

Adolf Anderssen

Adolf Anderssen was the best player in the world for a lot of his life, but was never 'World Champion' because there was no official match or organisation to arrange an official match.

He was a wonderful attacking player, but lost matches to Morphy (1859) and Steinitz (1866), who both knew how to attack, but understood more than Anderssen about developing and defending. But he was a great favourite, not just among chess fans, but also chess players, for being a decent chap as well as a terrific player. Frederick Edge describes Anderssen:

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