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Free Thanksgiving Chess Camp Instructions

The start of DailyChessMusings.com Free Thanksgiving Chess Camp is now just days away! Your child will find their assignments in the group they selected as their experience level. Please have him or her join me live on our YouTube page at 10:00 am Pacific for our Welcome Meeting each day of the camp. Immediately after the meeting, students should check their group’s dailyContinue reading “Free Thanksgiving Chess Camp Instructions”

Analyze That! November 13 Games

Here is the notation to go with the games covered in the Analyze That! for November 13 Halloween Blitz Extravaganza 1 Chess.com 2020.10.31 Round 4 White Jollification Black royalknight101 0-1 1.e4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.cxd5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.cxd5 Nf6 5.Qa4+ 3…cxd5 4.Qb3 dxe4 5.Bc4 e6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.d3 exd3 8.Be3 Nc6 9.O-O-O Be7 10.Rxd3 Qc7Continue reading “Analyze That! November 13 Games”

Alex Trebek (July 22, 1940 – Nov. 8, 2020)

Today, we lost the beloved host of the television game show Jeopardy to cancer. I have many fond memories of watching Jeopardy during his thirty-seven years as the host. However, I thought it would be particularly fitting for this blog to share the Double Jeopardy category from Show # 5651 – Monday, March 16th, 2009.Continue reading “Alex Trebek (July 22, 1940 – Nov. 8, 2020)”

Reuters Calculations vs Kornacki’s

In 2000, Kornacki was more accurate than Reuter. [Event “WCCF”][Site “email”][Date “2000”][Round “?”][White “Reuter, Alfred J”][Black “Kornacki, Alexander “][Result “0-1”] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nxd4 5.Qxd4 d6 6.Nc3 Qf6 7.Be3 Qxd4 8.Bxd4Be6 9.Bd3 Ne7 10.Nb5 Kd7 11.Bc3 a6 12.Nd4 Nc6 13.Nxe6 fxe6 14.O-O e5 15.f4 Re816.Rad1 Kc8 17.g3 Be7 18.fxe5 Nxe5 19.Bxe5Continue reading “Reuters Calculations vs Kornacki’s”

Winners of the Halloween Blitz Chess Extravaganza!

Winners of a $30 gift certificate to Musings Merchandise and American Chess Equipment 223 ChessWizardDavid 171 royalknight101 234 sparshg 138 winnerkarthik07 5 hellokns 144 ExoticJosh1229 243 NMLimelight2727 174 temiflakes1 126 beatyouanytime 191 Hellocow Congratulations to our winners, Coach Chris You can watch the YouTube Livestream HERE Tournament Results: Halloween Blitz Extravaganza 1 Halloween Blitz ExtravaganzaContinue reading “Winners of the Halloween Blitz Chess Extravaganza!”

Thank you for registering for the Halloween Blitz Chess Extravaganza!

Our FIRST tournament will begin tomorrow @ 4:00 pm Pacific Time. Our SECOND tournament will begin tomorrow @ 5:00 pm Pacific Time. Our THIRD tournament will begin tomorrow @ 6:00 pm Pacific Time. We will have three 5 round Blitz tournaments. Every game you win gets you an extra raffle Ticket. We will pick theContinue reading “Thank you for registering for the Halloween Blitz Chess Extravaganza!”

#Chess Position Worth Sharing! 125

Today’s position is a practical tactical shot from the game GM Vladislav Artemiev vs GM Vladislav Kovalev at the Tata Steel Masters in Wijk aan Zee played on 1/14/2020. Black has just played Rd8 for his 39th move. What is white’s Best continuation?

How did Morphy and Alekhine get so good at chess?

Question: How did chess players like Morphy/Alekhine get good at tactics without the computers, books, and databases that we have today? Paul Morphy and Alexander Alekhine Answer: Both Morphy and Alekhine were born wealthy in a household that valued chess. Paul Morphy learned chess at an early age by watching games between his uncle andContinue reading “How did Morphy and Alekhine get so good at chess?”