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Chess Chat: Q&A with Sofia Doroshenko, The Only Female Captain of a High School Chess Team in Illinois

Daily Chess Club Member Sofia Doroshenko hails from Chicago and is currently an 18-year-old senior in high school who hopes to major in English. Sofia plans to achieve a Woman Candidate Master title to help increase outreach in under-resourced communities and further the movement to improve chess literacy and excellence amongst women. This title willContinue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A with Sofia Doroshenko, The Only Female Captain of a High School Chess Team in Illinois”

MIKHAIL ZINAR: A COMPOSITION

To win, white must promote a pawn to a Bishop 5 times! Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for February 5, 2021. For today’s episode, I present an absolutely brilliant puzzle as a tribute to the great chess problem composer Mikhail Afanasievich Zinar whom today, itContinue reading “MIKHAIL ZINAR: A COMPOSITION”

New Year’s Message to All of our students, ju

I wish to welcome all of you to a brand-new year. I genuinely hope that this past holiday season has been restful, safe and full of joy for your family. I understand, of course, that many of us are still shaking off the challenges of 2020, but I also hope that you recognize the importantContinue reading “New Year’s Message to All of our students, ju”

Chess Review 2020: Making the Best of the Worst of Times

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”, is how Charles Dickens begins his masterpiece, A Tale of Two Cities. From the very first lines to the end of the novel, Dickens’ theme is contrasting the cruelty of the Reign of Terror which occurred after the onset of the French RevolutionContinue reading “Chess Review 2020: Making the Best of the Worst of Times”

10 Completely Free Chess Activities in December

Dear Chess Families, It’s often far too easy to get caught up in everyday stress and forget about the great escape that is the chessboard and the wonderful friendships the chess community fosters. During these unprecedented times, I know that it is especially important that our scholastic chess community members have access to a structuredContinue reading “10 Completely Free Chess Activities in December”

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”

Chess Stimulus Plan

If your family is like mine, you are also dealing with some new challenges this school year. I want to do my part to make sure having your children study chess is as easy and affordable as possible. To do this, I am announcing my 2020 Chess Stimulus Plan. There are two main parts toContinue reading “Chess Stimulus Plan”

5 ways chess can make you a better law student and lawyer

Paul Morphy was a 19th-century New Orleans chess prodigy who was the de facto world chess champion during much of his short life. He rarely lost when he played throughout Europe and the United States. He was also a lawyer who graduated from what is now Tulane Law School. As a student, he was saidContinue reading “5 ways chess can make you a better law student and lawyer”