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Learning to Laugh at your Worst Chess Mistakes

Chess is a demanding game. For many of us, the game represents a never-ending sequence of challenges. We grow fixated on losses, obsessing over every imperfection in our play, agonizing about the missed opportunities and how we destroyed our rating. In this way, we hold ourselves to unrealistic, if not humanly impossible, expectations. Give yourselfContinue reading “Learning to Laugh at your Worst Chess Mistakes”

Registration for “The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic” Ends Today

Don’t let time expire on your chance to play in the The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic on Saturday, May 22. EVENT OVERVIEW MAY 22: Inaugural Eade Foundation Spring Scholastic Chess Classic 5SS, G/15+10 (Game in 15 with 10 second increment) on Tornelo.com Sections: In 4 sections Grades K-1, 2-5, 6-8, 9-12 TIME CONTROLS:Continue reading “Registration for “The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic” Ends Today”

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Tonight I finished a long day of teaching chess by presenting an absolutely superb mating combination played by the first World Chess Champion. A brilliant positional player, particularly in his later years, Wilhelm Steinitz rose to prominence in the mid-nineteenth century as a dangerous attacker in the romantic style of chess that had been popularisedContinue reading “#Chess Position Worth Sharing 133”

Play Chess for a Great Cause

It’s always nice when you can help others while you are also helping yourself. By playing chess in The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic you will be helping The Eade Foundation promote chess literacy and excellence to communities that otherwise would miss out on the benefits of chess. The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic ChessContinue reading “Play Chess for a Great Cause”

Great Chess On Display During The Practice Event for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic

It’s especially inspiring to witness great chess moves in scholastic tournaments. As a scholastic chess coach and tournament director, seeing young minds play brilliantly is really what it’s all about. Today, while running a practice event for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic, Jay Stallings and I were treated to some spectacular chess. Really,Continue reading “Great Chess On Display During The Practice Event for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic”

In 1 Week: The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic

Join us! For The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic online youth chess tournament NEXT SATURDAY, May 22! This prestigious online chess tournament is open to scholastic chess players of all abilities to help spread awareness for The Eade Foundation’s efforts of promoting chess excellence globally. The top 20 players in each section will receive incredibleContinue reading “In 1 Week: The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic”

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In my last post, I challenged the reader to solve a mate in two which required truly understanding basic move possibilities in order to be solved. Returning to puzzles that test our mastery of the basics is a great way to learn how to play the game at a higher level and especially so whenContinue reading “#Chess Position Worth Sharing 132”

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Similar to how military units such as armour, artillery and cavalry have their own unique roles, each piece in the game of chess has unique movements. In order to solve this mate in 2, you must first truly understand how the pieces can move.

Play Chess for The Eade Foundation on May 22

On May 22, I am joining forces with Jay Stallings to host The Eade Foundation Spring Scholastic Chess Classic. The purpose of this online event is to elevate cognizance for the Eade Foundation’s efforts of spreading chess literacy and chess excellence globally. This prestigious scholastic chess event will be a five round Swiss style chessContinue reading “Play Chess for The Eade Foundation on May 22”

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Some of the most brilliant chess puzzles involve material sacrifice for the sake of the mate. Here however, the sacrifice is not merely needed to mate but in fact to avoid loss. One wrong move, and the outcome is completely out of your hands.

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This particular mate in two managed to confound me for a couple of hours. I am sure if you give it a shot, you will soon see why!

Chess Think

If a picture can be worth a thousand words than I suppose it’s justifiable that I used two YouTube videos to explain a single chess position. These two episodes are part of a series dedicated to describing thought processes that will lead you to making better decisions during your chess games.   Episode One andContinue reading “Chess Think”

Chess Chat: Q&A with Lauren Goodkind, Chess Educator Extraordinaire

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Part of the beauty of chess is that no one can predict the level of greatness which the two participants might create in any given game. You may not have heard much about the chess game played between Kekhayov and Petrov in 1964 but the magnificent mating combination at the end is definitely noteworthy. ThisContinue reading “#Chess Position Worth Sharing 129”

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As chess players, we should always be trying to make improvements in our technique. For example, the player playing white in the position below should be able use good technique to win easily. Good technique may be good enough to win this endgame but with perfect technique white can checkmate in just four moves! SoContinue reading “#Chess Position Worth Sharing 128”

The Importance of Setting Lofty Goals in Chess

One of my most successful coaching techniques is encouraging my chess students to set lofty goals for themselves. Together we break these goals into attainable steps and utilize achievement markers to show progress. Of course, certain levels of chess expertise are not achievable for everyone and if they were, chess would be obsolete. For instance,Continue reading “The Importance of Setting Lofty Goals in Chess”

Balancing Effective Outcomes With Efficient Results

Chess players regularly differentiate between effective outcomes and efficient results; the former means “having the desired effect,” while the latter means “having a desired effect in the fewest moves or timeframe.” Chess puzzles often require us to be more efficient in moves than effectively necessary while performance ratings only measure the effectiveness of our movesContinue reading “Balancing Effective Outcomes With Efficient Results”

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Oftentimes, an introduction to a specific situation that requires deep thought is just the inspiration we need to spark new developments in our chess ability. Here is a mate in two by Александр Ажусин that a student of mine found immensely satisfying to solve. Enjoy…

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An equally ingenious and absurd chess puzzle by William L. Barclay from Chess Life and Review. White to move and mate in 2 (William L. Barclay, Chess Life and Review, 1972.)

The Best Chess Analysis

Chess games are a lot like feature movies. For instance, the chess moves can be thought of as the dialogue, strategic themes are the plot, and tactics are the fight scenes. Sometimes endgames are the final battle and other times just an epilogue. The average movie goer, much like an amateur chess player, often catchContinue reading “The Best Chess Analysis”