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Chess Chat: Q&A With Michael Buss, America’s Preeminent Correspondence Chess Master

Michael Buss is currently the number one ranked correspondence chess player in the United States and further separates himself from the pack by having won the prestigious Golden Knights championship on multiple occasions. Some of his success in correspondence chess can be attributed to his “press on” attitude which he developed in his distinguished careerContinue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A With Michael Buss, America’s Preeminent Correspondence Chess Master”

Emotional Weakness in Chess

As compared to emotionless computers, human chess is inconsistent. Computers may lose at chess but they don’t have “bad days” where their performance is inexplicably poor. Emotional thinking, therefore, appears to present a weakness for decision making in humans. Obviously, we are biological creatures and emotions have by and large served the human race wellContinue reading “Emotional Weakness in Chess”

Correspondence Chess is Making News!

The Associated Press has a piece about the Daily Chess Musings Rated Correspondence Chess Pyramid. The article entitled, “Taking Time for Correspondence Chess in a Fast-Paced World” details the history of correspondence chess leading up to our US Chess rated correspondence chess tournament on chess.com. Here is a screenshot of the feature article. If youContinue reading “Correspondence Chess is Making News!”

Joseph Norman Cotter (June 25, 1929 – May 23, 2021)

It is with great sadness that I am sharing the news that Joseph Norman Cotter passed away on May 23 at the age of 91. Mr. Cotter was a chess player, educator and friend whom I met during our shared adventures in the 2006 USCF Golden Knights correspondence chess tournament. During our game, Norman spokeContinue reading “Joseph Norman Cotter (June 25, 1929 – May 23, 2021)”

Harnessing the Power of the Pyramid in Chess

San Francisco, California, April 23, 2021– Does the secret to rapid chess improvement lie deep inside the shape of a Pyramid? California chess coach and correspondence chess master Chris Torres believes so and is inviting chess players everywhere to harness the “Power of the Pyramid in Chess!”

Correspondence Chess Opportunities

A lot has changed since the last time I did a post on correspondence chess. Now my level of play generates a constant stream of invitations to very prestigious events. I have accepted most of these invitations in order to further challenge myself and continue to grow in chess. Below is a list of myContinue reading “Correspondence Chess Opportunities”

Latvia vs USA Chess Match 2015

    Team USA will be winning the Latvia – USA Correspondence Chess Match of 2015 and I helped lead the way as our highest board with a perfect result. My advice is simple, “Keep Calm and Take Your Time.” LAT-USA 2015 TD Kracht, Jörg (IA) Latvia White Black White Black USA Board 1  SIM Roze, Andris  2513 ½ ½Continue reading “Latvia vs USA Chess Match 2015”

Commendations 

  24 December 2015  Hi, Chris !               Congratulations on attaining the rating of Master in USCF Correspondence Chess. This is an excellent accomplishment and the attached certificate honors your success.          .                          Continue reading “Commendations “

Invitation of the Month

Dear Chris, On behalf of ICCF-US you are invited to play on board 5 of this event please let me know by 11/15/15 your decision Tom Biedermann On Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 7:07 AM, Valen <valentincosta@ajedrezaeac.com> wrote: Dear Chessfriend, The Spanish Association of Correspondence Chess (AEAC) is proud to Organise the “North Atlantic TeamContinue reading “Invitation of the Month”

The Czech is in the Mail: CZE vs USA Correspondence Chess 

   CZE-USA 2013, Czech Republic – USA Friendly Match TD De Blois Figueredo, Adrián (IA) Czech Republic White Black White Black USA Board 1 GM Židů, Jan ½ ½ ½ ½ GM Ham, Stephen E…. Read the full article via http://ift.tt/1RfiHc0

California’s Top Correspondence Chess Players

California has a long and rich history of correspondence chess extending all the way back to the days of the Gold Rush. Below is the list of the top 10 correspondence chess players in the State of California according to the current United States Chess Federation rating list. Panning through the databases for each ofContinue reading “California’s Top Correspondence Chess Players”

The Tenth Rank

The Top Ten Chess (CC) Players in the United States for May 2014. Source: United States Chess Federation 1 Menke, John R IL USA 2489 2 Buss, Michael IN USA 2430 3 Brandhorst, Wesley FL USA 2416 4 Ingersol, Harry Walter IA USA 2415 5 Tracz, James G OH USA 2405 6 Tseng, Wilbur ILContinue reading “The Tenth Rank”

2014 USCF Absolute Championship

Since 1976, the USCF Absolute Championship has provided only the strongest correspondence chess players in the United States with a chance to compete in a closed USCF correspondence chess championship. It is my honor and privilege to be participating in this event for the second time. Below is the official table with the participants namesContinue reading “2014 USCF Absolute Championship”

Happy New Year: The Best of my Chess Musings for 2013

As I look back on the past 12-months, I can say it has been quite a year for chess! With a new World Chess Champion and business for my nonprofit booming, I anticipate another fun and exciting year in 2014. To end 2013, I have chosen to recap my most popular chess posts of thisContinue reading “Happy New Year: The Best of my Chess Musings for 2013”

The Czech is in the Mail: Update on My Adventures in Correspondence Chess

Playing correspondence chess is not for the faint of heart or the uncommitted. Seven years later, I am still battling in my final two games of the 2006 USCF Golden Knights Championship. I still have a reasonable chance of winning the event but my final two games going are against two of the very best American correspondenceContinue reading “The Czech is in the Mail: Update on My Adventures in Correspondence Chess”

Russia vs USA Chess Match

Forty years after the greatest American chess player, Bobby Fischer, slayed Boris Spassky and the Russians to win the World Chess Championship, another classic chess battle between East and West will taking place. Officially starting on February first, 2013, Russia and the United States will do battle in a correspondence chess match for honor and pride. The last time a matchContinue reading “Russia vs USA Chess Match”