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Chess Position Worth Sharing 150!

Dutch Grandmaster Anish Giri just concluded an absolutely brilliant tournament performance in Wijk aan Zee to win the 2023 Tata Steel Masters. GM Giri’s second round victory with the white pieces over GM Dommaraju Gukesh will undoubtedly be remembered for his innovative 14. Rc2 in the famous Ragozin Variation of the Queen’s Gambit Declined. However,Continue reading “Chess Position Worth Sharing 150!”

Upcoming Chess Simul Event in Cupertino, CA

Dear Chess Friends! Happy new year!  Hope all is well!   I just wanted to let you know that on Saturday, January 28th, 2023,  I’ll be giving the annual chess simul with my former chess student, and other good chess players in Cupertino. Here’s more info:  https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/cupertino/activity/search/detail/14606?onlineSiteId=0&locale=en-US&from_original_cui=true  The simul is open to the public for all ages,Continue reading “Upcoming Chess Simul Event in Cupertino, CA”

NorCal Chess Organizations Working Together in Support of Building Chess Communities in South Africa 

Join The Eade Foundation, Mission 360 and Bay Area Chess in San Jose, California to play chess and raise funds for Defying the Oddz Chess (South Africa). Chess holds the power to unite continents while giving communities opportunities to learn and grow. Bay Area chess players are invited to further this cause in South AfricaContinue reading “NorCal Chess Organizations Working Together in Support of Building Chess Communities in South Africa “

Swashbuckling Chess in Wijk aan Zee

Perhaps you are following the action at the Tata Steel Chess Masters Tournament closely but did you know that the annual Tate Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee also includes a Challengers section full of exciting talent? A step below the Tata Steel Challengers is the Tata Steel Qualifiers tournament which also features highContinue reading “Swashbuckling Chess in Wijk aan Zee”

So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 49

Inspired by the Tarrasch vs Romberg game I previously posted, my own game against a student in Foster City, California is one of my best efforts in recent times. After a long time thinking about how best to respond to 10… Ba6, I am proud to have planned a most effective and epic journey forContinue reading “So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 49”

Get Inspired to Play Better Chess!

Napoleon Hill famously stated “To be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible!” This is especially true in terms of chess. Most days I spend quality time searching through chess databases for sources of inspiration. Some days produce less than stellar results while on rare occasions I discover real hidden gems in the form ofContinue reading “Get Inspired to Play Better Chess!”

Watch and Learn Chess

Breaking through a castled king’s defenses is an important skill and one we can improve by studying illustrative examples. GM Vadim Zvjaginsev played a beautiful mating combination against a castled king during the second round of the 2022 Dvoretsky Memorial chess tournament. In the position below, IM Aleksey Grebnev (black) has just played 42… Nc6Continue reading “Watch and Learn Chess”

Playing Against Mittens

I reached an interesting endgame against Mittens by playing the Brooklyn Variation of Alekhine’s Defense (1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Ng8). Check out my game vs @chesscom diabolical cat bot here: 

Playing Chess with a Student 1/5/2023

In tonight’s live chess stream, California chess coach Chris Torres uses the infamous “center fork trick” in a training game against a talented student. The chess game takes on a surprisingly tactical flavor and both players are forced to avoid threats of checkmate while in time trouble.

Chess Position Worth Sharing 149!

Samuel Loyd was one of the greatest creative geniuses of nineteenth century puzzles, both on and off of the chess board. Born on January 30th of 1841, Samuel (Sam) Loyd was a contemporary of Paul Morphy (1837-1884). In fact, Loyd moved from Philadelphia to New York City which means he was occupying the same spaceContinue reading “Chess Position Worth Sharing 149!”

Born on this Day in 1958: International Master Emory Tate

Today is the late IM Emory Tate’s Birthday. If still alive today, Emory Tate would be turning that most special age for chess players: 64. Born on December 27th means that Emory shares his birthday with the second day of Kwanzaa. (Kwanzaa is a yearly celebration of African-American Culture from December 26 to January 1.)Continue reading “Born on this Day in 1958: International Master Emory Tate”

Chess Photos from the 2022-23 CalChess Grade Level Championship

I had a blast attending the 2022-23 CalChess Grade Level Championship hosted by Bay Area Chess. From the enthusiasm of the young competitors to getting to hear from many fans of my Daily Chess Musings YouTube Channel, I could not have ask for a better way to spend my birthday weekend. I look forward toContinue reading “Chess Photos from the 2022-23 CalChess Grade Level Championship”

Birthday Simul 2022 + Special Emory Tate Chess Lesson

As is my annual tradition, I took an opportunity to play several young chess players in a simultaneous exhibition to celebrate my birthday. This year’s Birthday Simul took place on December 20th (not December 18th) so as not to conflict with The Calchess Grade Level Championships which took place on my actual birthday. The eventContinue reading “Birthday Simul 2022 + Special Emory Tate Chess Lesson”

Chess Memories of Birthdays Past

When I was a younger man, I didn’t need to take a day off to rest on my birthday (December 18th). I much preferred going to work, which for most of my adult life, means playing chess with young people. I turned 35 on December 18th 2012 and went to my after school chess classContinue reading “Chess Memories of Birthdays Past”

Viewer Requests: Position of the Week 2

This week’s submission comes from a student in Fremont California and deals with the age old question of which is better, a queen or two rooks. Generally a queen is stronger against uncoordinated rooks and especially so with pawns on both sides of the board. However, in our feature position, black’s rooks are already workingContinue reading “Viewer Requests: Position of the Week 2”

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 71

The holiday season can be a little daunting, whether it’s due to the commotion of shopping, hosting get-togethers or traveling. Rather than adding to this extra stress with the high intensity of online bullet chess, I recommend enjoying the slower pace of chess puzzles. Why not fill a mug with your favorite hot beverage, cozyContinue reading “Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 71”

Winning Chess Moves: Vokhidov vs. Wojtaszek, 2022

The FIDE World Team Championship for 2022 consisted of 12 nation teams and included many illustrious players who are recurring stars on the Daily Chess Musings blog including Anish Giri, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teymur Radjabov, Nihal Sarin, and Alexei Shirov. However, the best finishing move of the event did not occur inContinue reading “Winning Chess Moves: Vokhidov vs. Wojtaszek, 2022”

Viewer Requests: Position of the Week 1

Chess Dad & Coach Arun from Fremont California asked me to break this complex endgame down for his students. Watch below to see how this position plays out.

So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 48

Last night I Played a 5 move miniature with the black pieces that would fit nicely into Irving Chernev’s 1000 Best Short Games of Chess. Enjoy…

One Year Later… Carlsen-Nepo Game Six

Today marks the first anniversary of Magnus Carlsen’s incredible Game 6 victory over Ian Nepomniachtchi during the 2021 World Chess Championship Match. As you may recall, the first five games of the Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi were drawn. Their sixth game, however, was an epic battle where both players took risks for a decisive result. Magnus Carlsen’s talentContinue reading “One Year Later… Carlsen-Nepo Game Six”