Basic Chess Strategy

Question: What are some common chess strategies? Answer: Below is a list of chess strategies known as Reuben Fine’s “Thirty Rules of Chess”. Chess is a complicated game and there will always be exceptions to any rule. However, it is a good exercise to understand why each item below is generally recognized as good chessContinue reading “Basic Chess Strategy”

Message for a Friend

Regardless of your efforts, stress and losses are an inescapable part of life and chess. Because of this, chess helps us effectively train to deal with the challenges we face in life. However, sometimes all that can be done is to seek to learn from mistakes and try to find meaning in disappointing experiences. ForContinue reading “Message for a Friend”

Chess Chat: Q&A with Karen Thurm Safran, Author of Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It

Many people know you as the powerful marketing force behind some amazing companies and products. Authoring a parenting book seems to be an interesting career pivot for you. What motivated you to become an author? Thanks for including me on your blog… and for the compliment. Wow, we’ve known each other for nearly twenty yearsContinue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A with Karen Thurm Safran, Author of Parenting—Let’s Make a Game of It”

Chess Chat: Q&A with Devanshi Rathi, UC Berkeley Student and Nonprofit Founder

Devanshi Rathi is a current undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a passionate chess player and enjoys playing and watching different sports. Her mission in life is to create a positive difference in the world around her. She is trying to do that through her foundation, the Devanshi Rathi Foundation, aContinue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A with Devanshi Rathi, UC Berkeley Student and Nonprofit Founder”

Chess Chat: Q&A with Jessica Lauser, U.S. Blind Champion

Jessica Lauser hails from Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area, and has been an avid participant in tournament chess, both there and elsewhere, for a number of years, playing 175 rated events throughout the country, so far. A graduate, in History, from San Francisco State University, Jessica worked for the Internal Revenue Service—last year—and nowContinue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A with Jessica Lauser, U.S. Blind Champion”

Chess Chat: Q&A with Evan Rabin, CEO of Premier Chess

Evan Rabin was born and raised in New York. He graduated from Brandeis University Cum Laude with a BA in Business and International Global Studies in 2012. He founded Premier Chess, which currently offers programs in 44 schools and companies. How old were you when you first learned how to play chess? Who taught you?Continue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A with Evan Rabin, CEO of Premier Chess”

A Friendly Rivalry: Eric Schiller VS Emory Tate

  There’s an ancient Hebrew proverb that goes something like, “The Rivalry of scholars advances wisdom.” And such was the case of the rivalry between Eric Schiller and Emory Tate. So it was a very special occasion at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp when when Eric Schiller did a two-hour lesson on his three gamesContinue reading “A Friendly Rivalry: Eric Schiller VS Emory Tate”

What are the Advantages/Disadvantages of Castling in Chess?

My answer as posted on Quora here: http://qr.ae/DyzTt Castling is the only time in chess when a player is allowed to move two of his/her own pieces simultaneously. The rearrangement that occurs when a player castles is beneficial because the king usually finds increased safety away from the dangerous center files while the rook boostsContinue reading “What are the Advantages/Disadvantages of Castling in Chess?”

Why is Fabiano Caruana Dominating the Strongest Chess Tournament Ever?

  Yesterday in chess class, one of my students asked me, “How is it possible for Fabiano Caruana to play chess so well?” I answered her by saying that it is a,”Combination of talent, passion for chess, hard work and experience.” When another child asked me about his experience, I explained that, “It takes learningContinue reading “Why is Fabiano Caruana Dominating the Strongest Chess Tournament Ever?”