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Do strong chess players today possess different qualities than their predecessors in the 1800’s?

Question: Given the increase in chess theory, are different kinds of people likely to be strong chess players now than in the 1800s or earlier (e.g., people with greater memory)? Answer: It’s also important to realize that brute memorization is not a very important factor in chess success. The important factors that the 19th centuryContinue reading “Do strong chess players today possess different qualities than their predecessors in the 1800’s?”

Do you learn chess better by playing or watching?

Question: Do you learn chess better by playing or watching? Answer: Ideally, there needs to be balance between learning by watching examples of strong play and attempting to apply what you have learned through playing chess. Following a study plan will help achieve this balance. Emmanuel Lasker was the World Chess Champion for twenty-six yearsContinue reading “Do you learn chess better by playing or watching?”

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”

Daily Chess Musings Free Online Summer Camp Rankings: 2020

You can use the search function to search for your name or for your Chess.com Handle. I did not have the names and handles for everyone matched up. If you cannot find your name or Chess.com ID, please email me. dailychessmusings@gmail.com We will leave this up until Friday, August 28. Pawn (8 to 15 points):Continue reading “Daily Chess Musings Free Online Summer Camp Rankings: 2020”

A Plan for Adding New Chess Openings

Question: How do I manage my desire to learn multiple chess openings (I play 1 e4 and suddenly I want to learn the Catalan from a book I bought)? Answer: Perhaps restrict yourself to playing online blitz games with your e4 repertoire on days that start with S and T and attempt to play theContinue reading “A Plan for Adding New Chess Openings”

Chess + Poker: Are the Skills Transferable?

Can a professional chess player become a professional poker player? Are the skills transferable? Absolutely! I think the skill sets for chess and poker are closely related and I’ve been a professional in both.… https://www.quora.com/Can-a-professional-chess-player-become-a-professional-poker-player-Are-the-skills-transferable/answer/Chris-Torres-13?ch=10&share=a18199cd&srid=i4Sz

My Quora Answer to: Which chess player’s games have you found the most instructive?

José Raúl Capablanca‘s chess delivered and still creates an irresistable masterful impact. In his games an inclination towards straightforwardness prevailed, and in his seemingly effortlessness brilliance there was a one of a kind delight of veritable simplicity. Indeed, his style, one of the most perfect, most completely clear in the whole history of chess, stillContinue reading “My Quora Answer to: Which chess player’s games have you found the most instructive?”

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”

Chris Torres Offers Online Chess Lessons

and would love to help your child play better chess now! Reasons to try an Online Lesson with Chris: 1.  Follow up to in-person chess lessons to check on your child’s understanding. 2.  Live too far away to come often for private instruction. 3.  Preparing for a major tournament with a coach who has taughtContinue reading “Chris Torres Offers Online Chess Lessons”

14th Annual SPFNO– 4/27-28/2019 (Santa Clara, California)

Dear Chess Parents, As many of you are aware, in 2015 I helped to bring the prestigious Susan Polgar National Open for Girls and Boys to California. I may no longer be the organizer for this event, but I still support its mission 100%. Because of this, I strongly encourage all of my fellow CaliforniaContinue reading “14th Annual SPFNO– 4/27-28/2019 (Santa Clara, California)”