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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 and TwoContinue reading “Chess Think”

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

I first me Lauren around in the Spring of 2000 as I was an assistant tournament director assigned to help out in the High School room for the CalChess Scholastic Championship. Since then, we’ve crossed paths numerous times at tournaments I worked at in Fremont, California, then at the Sojourner Truth Tournaments in Menlo Park,Continue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A with Lauren Goodkind, Chess Educator Extraordinaire”

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”

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”

So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 41

Here’s a fun tactic from a training game I played against a student last Wednesday. What is white’s winning idea?

A Learning Moment

Chess is full of opportunities to learn from mistakes. There may be no take-backs in chess and also life for that matter. But as chess players, it is critically important to be honest with ourselves when we make mistakes so that we can improve both as a player and a person.  Yesterday I published anContinue reading “A Learning Moment”

Chess Chat: Q&A with Sofia Doroshenko, Female Captain of the Leyden 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, Female Captain of the Leyden Chess Team in Illinois”

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”

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”