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Chess Position Worth Sharing 148!

When accuracy matters, IM Vaishali Rameshbabu plays with extreme precision. You can test your own accuracy with this position from her sixth round win over IM Elisabeth Pähtz. Black (Pähtz) has just played 59… d1=Q. Having promoted to a queen a half move ahead of her opponent, White (Rameshbabu) has a winning advantage but mustContinue reading “Chess Position Worth Sharing 148!”

October 15th is Say Gay Chess Day in San Francisco

The Eade Foundation is sponsoring the first ever “Say Gay Chess Day” in San Francisco. This free event will be on October 15th at the world famous Mechanics’ Institute. There is no entry fee for this event but there will be lots of prizes in both the unrated and USCF rated sections. Join us forContinue reading “October 15th is Say Gay Chess Day in San Francisco”

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 68

I thoroughly enjoy chess studies that task us with finding a seemingly impossible draw from a position that looks totally lost. Chess puzzles like these push the boundaries of what’s possible on the chessboard and a regular dose of such compositions will help young players stretch their own chess imaginations. So nothing makes this chessContinue reading “Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 68”

Puzzle Worthy Position 39

Perhaps you have not heard of the chess player Peter Dely. During his lifetime, Peter was certainly a force to be reckoned at the chessboard and was the Hungarian Champion in 1969. Peter Dely earned the IM title in 1982 and FIDE awarded him the honorary Grandmaster title in 1999. I recently discovered a real-gameContinue reading “Puzzle Worthy Position 39”

Winning Chess Moves: Chiburdanidze vs. Malaniuk, 1990

Grandmaster Maia Chiburdanidze, the Sixth Women’s World Chess Champion, has played many notable games that I regularly use as lesson material. Today’s puzzle comes from her final move against GM Vladimir P Malaniuk played in Round 9 of the 1990 Kusadasi Open in Kusadasi, Turkey. Chiburdanidze (white) plays a crushing move that causes her opponentContinue reading “Winning Chess Moves: Chiburdanidze vs. Malaniuk, 1990”

So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 46

My student (white) has just played Nbd2. What is the simple yet beautiful game winning response I played as black?

August Summer Camp Friday 8/12/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “August Summer Camp Friday 8/12/2022”

August Summer Camp Thursday 8/11/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “August Summer Camp Thursday 8/11/2022”

August Summer Camp Wednesday 8/10/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “August Summer Camp Wednesday 8/10/2022”

August Summer Camp Tuesday 8/9/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “August Summer Camp Tuesday 8/9/2022”

August Summer Camp Monday 8/8/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “August Summer Camp Monday 8/8/2022”

Francisco Friday for 7/1/2022

German chess master Alexander Fritz (1857–1932) suggested 5…Nd4 in the Italian: Two Knights Defense (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nd4) to Carl Schlechter who publicized the line in a 1904 issue of Deutsche Schachzeitung. Sixty years later, the Fritz Variation famously re-emerged during Bobby Fischer’s crushing loss to Robert Eugene BurgerContinue reading “Francisco Friday for 7/1/2022”

Blitz Chess Mondays with Lauren Goodkind 6/20

Puzzle Worthy Position 38

This puzzle worthy position has long been one of my favorite instructive combinations to use as a part of beginner classes on checkmating. The player with the white pieces is none other than the fifth World Champion Max Euwe but our feature position occurs twelve years before Max famously defeated Alexander Alekhine in a closeContinue reading “Puzzle Worthy Position 38”

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 67

When well composed, mate in 2 chess problems are highly enjoyable which is why I share so many of these gems with the Daily Chess Musings community. Tonight’s puzzle was definitely well composed and although I had never heard of Gyula Andre before, I now have a deep respect for his talent as a composer.

Day 5 of the June Summer Chess Camp

Two of my good friends helped to finish the June Free Online Chess Camp in style. Francisco Anchondo did a special live lesson detailing three of his favorite opening traps. Lauren Goodkind then finished up her week of incredibly educational afternoon lessons. After rewatching both segments, I feel so fortunate to be good friends withContinue reading “Day 5 of the June Summer Chess Camp”

June Summer Camp Friday 6/17/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “June Summer Camp Friday 6/17/2022”

Day 4 of the June Summer Chess Camp

Day four of June’s Free Online Summer Chess Camp was nothing short of incredible. Grandmaster Mackenzie Molner stopped by to show the Daily Chess Musings’ a community a chess game where GM Gregory Serper sacrificed all of his pieces in route to an amazing win over an International Master. After the day’s chess tournament, chessContinue reading “Day 4 of the June Summer Chess Camp”