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August Summer Camp Day 1 Recap

August Summer Camp Tuesday 8/9/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins right after everyone has completed the first round.

If you missed the round or had any other issues I am running another tournament. It will begin @ 4:00 Pacific Time

All the chess problems listed are extra. You do not have to do all the problems in one day, or even do them at all. They are meant to fill in time if you happen to finish an assignment and are waiting for the next event to begin.

Experienced & Tournament

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
10:00August Camp Tuesday Experienced & Tournament BLITZ
11:00Master Chess Teatre – Episode One: Emory Tate’s Immortal Game
Checking Time: Hook Mate
Eposide 4: Potter vs NN, 1870
Episode 2: A Chess Lesson on Engl vs. Eade with James Eade
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Intermediate & Advanced

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
10:00 AMAugust Camp Tuesday Intermediate & Advanced BLITZ
11:00 AMDon’t Fall For This Opening Trap!
Coach Lauren Quiz 1
1850 USCF VS Chess.com’s 1000 rated Pumpkin bot
Coach Lauren Quiz 2
Episode Seven: A Night at the Opera
Checking Time: Greco’s Mate
Episode 5: Greco vs NN, 1619
Checks, Captures and Threats
With Some Help From My Friends – Episode 1: A Chess Lesson on Tal vs. Tringov with Jay Stallings
HAPPY 84TH BIRTHDAY BORIS SPASSKY
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Absolute Beginner & Beginner

JOIN TOURNAMENT

Absolute Beginner & Beginner
JOIN TOURNAMENT
9:00 AMOpening Message
10:00 AMAugust Camp Tuesday Absolute Beginner & Beginner
BLITZ
11:00Checks, Captures and Threats
Episode 1: Hamlisch vs NN, 1899
Checking Time: Arabian Mate
Episode 2: de Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750
Checking Time: Anastasia’s Mate
Master Chess Teatre – Episode One: Emory Tate’s Immortal Game
My Quora Answer to: What is your favorite puzzle?
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15
OR Play Vs computer on Chess.com
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

August Summer Camp Monday 8/8/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins right after everyone has completed the first round.

If you missed the round or had any other issues I am running another tournament. It will begin @ 4:00 Pacific Time

All the chess problems listed are extra. You do not have to do all the problems in one day, or even do them at all. They are meant to fill in time if you happen to finish an assignment and are waiting for the next event to begin.

Experienced & Tournament

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Deep Dive – Think This is Kid’s Stuff?
10:00 AMFM Eric Li
11:00 AMEpisode Six: The Ever Grünfeld Game
Checking Time: Boden’s Mate
Checking Time: Greco’s Mate
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15 REMEMBER TO JOIN THE TOURNAMENT!
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Intermediate & Advanced

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Coach Tortoise Lesson Five: En Passant
Episode 1: Hamlisch vs NN, 1899
Episode 2: de Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750
Checking Time: Greco’s Mate
10:00 AMFM Eric Li
11:00 AMEpisode Four: The Knight Shift
Checking Time: Philidor’s Legacy
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15 REMEMBER TO JOIN THE TOURNAMENT!
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Absolute Beginner & Beginner

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Coach Tortoise Lesson One: The Board
Coach Tortoise Lesson Two: Pieces and Pawns
Coach Tortoise Lesson Three: Check, Checkmate & Stalemate
10:00 AMFM Eric Li
11:00 AMEssential Checkmates
Coach Tortoise Lesson Four: Castling
Coach Tortoise Lesson Five: En Passant
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15 REMEMBER TO JOIN THE TOURNAMENT!
OR Play Vs computer on Chess.com
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Francisco Friday for 7/1/2022

German chess master Alexander Fritz (1857–1932) suggested 5…Nd4 in the Italian: Two Knights Defense (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nd4) to Carl Schlechter who publicized the line in a 1904 issue of Deutsche Schachzeitung. Sixty years later, the Fritz Variation famously re-emerged during Bobby Fischer’s crushing loss to Robert Eugene Burger at a simultaneous exhibition in San Francisco.

Fast forward another sixty years and today the Fritz Variation is championed by attacking maestro Francisco Anchondo. Francisco has played several brilliancies, such as the one below, keeping Alexander Fritz’ invention alive.

[Event “Casual Blitz game”]

[Date “2022.03.15”]

[White “Anonymous”]

[Black “Francisco Anchondo”]

[Result “0-1”]

1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 Nd4 6.c3 b5 7.cxd4 bxc4 8.dxe5 Qxd5

9.O-O Bb7 10.f3 Bc5+ 11.Kh1 h6 12.exf6 hxg5 13.fxg7 O-O-O 14.gxh8=Q Rxh8 15.Nc3

Qd6 16.f4 Rxh2+ 17.Kxh2 Qh6+ 18.Kg3 Qh4#

0-1

Join our Free Online Summer Chess Camp and learn how to win with The Fritz Variation during a masterclass taught by Francisco Anchondo. The next camp rubs from July 11th – 15th.

Blitz Chess Mondays with Lauren Goodkind 6/20

Puzzle Worthy Position 38

This puzzle worthy position has long been one of my favorite instructive combinations to use as a part of beginner classes on checkmating. The player with the white pieces is none other than the fifth World Champion Max Euwe but our feature position occurs twelve years before Max famously defeated Alexander Alekhine in a close match (15 1/2 to 14 1/2). Fortunately, you don’t need to be a world champion caliber chess player to discover and appreciate Euwe’s winning combination in today’s puzzle.

White to move and mate in 2 (Max Euwe vs Rudolf Johannes Loman, Rotterdam 1923.)

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 67

When well composed, mate in 2 chess problems are highly enjoyable which is why I share so many of these gems with the Daily Chess Musings community. Tonight’s puzzle was definitely well composed and although I had never heard of Gyula Andre before, I now have a deep respect for his talent as a composer.

White to move and mate in 2 (Gyula Andre, Magyar Sakkelet 1952).

Day 5 of the June Summer Chess Camp

Two of my good friends helped to finish the June Free Online Chess Camp in style. Francisco Anchondo did a special live lesson detailing three of his favorite opening traps. Lauren Goodkind then finished up her week of incredibly educational afternoon lessons. After rewatching both segments, I feel so fortunate to be good friends with such talented chess teachers and I know that all of the students who took part in The Daily Chess Musings Free Online Summer Chess Camp learned a lot from our special guests chess coaches. Both lessons are embedded as YouTube videos below and a complete list of Day 5’s lesson plans can be accessed here. Enjoy!

June Summer Camp Friday 6/17/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins right after everyone has completed the first round.

If you missed the round or had any other issues I am running another tournament. It will begin @ 4:00 Pacific Time

All the chess problems listed are extra. You do not have to do all the problems in one day, or even do them at all. They are meant to fill in time if you happen to finish an assignment and are waiting for the next event to begin.

Experienced & Tournament

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Episode 1: Hamlisch vs NN, 1899
Episode 2: de Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750
Episode 3: Meek vs Adbor, 1855
Episode 5: Greco vs NN, 1619
Checking Time: Anastasia’s Mate
Checking Time: Arabian Mate
Checking Time: Philidor’s Legacy
Fabiano Caruana vs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, 2021 Tata Steel Masters
11:00 AM9 Round Blitz Tournament g/5
12:30 PMLunch Break
1:00 PMFrancisco
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Intermediate & Advanced

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Episode 3: Meek vs Adbor, 1855
Episode 5: Greco vs NN, 1619
Checking Time: Boden’s Mate
Episode Two: Statement From the Queen
Episode Six: The Ever Grünfeld Game
LEVON ARONIAN TO REPRESENT THE USA IN CHESS
11:00 AM9 Round Blitz Tournament g/5
12:30 PMLunch Break
1:00 PMFrancisco
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Absolute Beginner & Beginner

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Checking Time: Philidor’s Legacy
Episode Three: A Magnus Opus
HAPPY 84TH BIRTHDAY BORIS SPASSKY
In Memory of Lubomir Kavalek
1850 USCF VS Chess.com’s 1000 rated Pumpkin bot
Coach Lauren Quiz 2
Episode Four: The Knight Shift
With Some Help From My Friends – Episode 1: A Chess Lesson on Tal vs. Tringov with Jay Stallings
11:00 AM9 Round Blitz Tournament g/5
OR Play Vs computer on Chess.com
12:30 PMLunch Break
1:00 PMFrancisco
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Day 4 of the June Summer Chess Camp

Day four of June’s Free Online Summer Chess Camp was nothing short of incredible. Grandmaster Mackenzie Molner stopped by to show the Daily Chess Musings’ a community a chess game where GM Gregory Serper sacrificed all of his pieces in route to an amazing win over an International Master. After the day’s chess tournament, chess coach Lauren Goodkind taught an absolutely incredible chess lesson that everyone should watch and rewatch. Both lessons are embedded as YouTube videos below and a complete list of Day 4’s lesson plans can be accessed here. Enjoy!

June Summer Camp Thursday 6/16/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins right after everyone has completed the first round.

If you missed the round or had any other issues I am running another tournament. It will begin @ 4:00 Pacific Time

All the chess problems listed are extra. You do not have to do all the problems in one day, or even do them at all. They are meant to fill in time if you happen to finish an assignment and are waiting for the next event to begin.

Sorry, No Morning Message today. You can just go to your assignments.

Experienced & Tournament

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
1850 USCF VS Chess.com’s 1000 rated Pumpkin bot
Coach Lauren Quiz 2
How to beat chess.com’s Phiona Mutesi bot.
Coach Lauren Quiz 4
LEVON ARONIAN TO REPRESENT THE USA IN CHESS
Episode Seven: A Night at the Opera
My Quora Answer to: What is your favorite puzzle?
Episode Five: Q.I.D. Pro Game
Checks, Captures and Threats
11:00 AMGM Mackenzie Molner
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Intermediate & Advanced

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Checking Time: Philidor’s Legacy
Checking Time: Epaulette Mate
Master Chess Teatre – Episode One: Emory Tate’s Immortal Game
Episode 2: A Chess Lesson on Engl vs. Eade with James Eade
How to avoid stalemate in chess.
Coach Lauren Quiz 3
How to beat chess.com’s Phiona Mutesi bot.
Coach Lauren Quiz 4
Chess Analysis Against a 1000 Rated Player.
Coach Lauren Quiz 5
11:00 AMGM Mackenzie Molner
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Absolute Beginner & Beginner

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Episode 5: Greco vs NN, 1619
Checking Time: Epaulette Mate
Checking Time: Hook Mate
Episode Two: Statement From the Queen
At Odds With My Student
Today is Paul Keres’ Birthday
A Stubbs, 1926
Don’t Fall For This Opening Trap!
Coach Lauren Quiz 1
How to avoid stalemate in chess.
Coach Lauren Quiz 3
11:00 AMGM Mackenzie Molner
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15
OR Play Vs computer on Chess.com
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Day 3 of the June Summer Chess Camp

FIDE Master Kevin Pan was our special guest on Day 3 of the Daily Chess Musings Free Online Summer Chess Camp for June 2022. Students who participated were treated to Kevin’s insights into two of his key victories. As per usual, Lauren Goodkind finished the day off with yet another incredible chess lesson. If you missed any of the excitement today, please watch the videos below and check out all of the day’s assignments here. Enjoy!

Blitz Chess Mondays with Lauren Goodkind 6/13

Day 2 of the June Summer Chess Camp

Both players and coaches had an amazing time learning more about chess during day 2 of The June 2022 Free Online Summer Chess Camp. The day started with a morning message and an opportunity for campers to play Coach Tortoise. In the afternoon, chess instructor Lauren Goodkind stopped by with a well prepared chess lesson that is sure to have a positive impact on everyone who attended the class. These highlights and more are featured in the YouTube videos below. Also, be sure to check out all of the day’s assignments

June Summer Camp Wednesday 6/15/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins right after everyone has completed the first round.

If you missed the round or had any other issues I am running another tournament. It will begin @ 4:00 Pacific Time

All the chess problems listed are extra. You do not have to do all the problems in one day, or even do them at all. They are meant to fill in time if you happen to finish an assignment and are waiting for the next event to begin.

Good Moring Chess Players!

I had a little something come up, so we are going to be skipping the morning message today, but I will be posting a puzzle and the live videos from yesterday on my Blog today.

See you at 11:00 am PT on my Twitch channel with FM Kevin Pan!

Experienced & Tournament

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Episode 2: A Chess Lesson on Engl vs. Eade with James Eade
Episode Three: A Magnus Opus
Episode 5: Greco vs NN, 1619
Checking Time: Epaulette Mate
Chess Analysis Against a 1000 Rated Player.
11:00 AMFM Kevin Pan
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Intermediate & Advanced

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Checking Time: Anastasia’s Mate
Checking Time: Arabian Mate
Checking Time: Hook Mate
Checks, Captures and Threats
Episode Five: Q.I.D. Pro Game
11:00 AMFM Kevin Pan
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Absolute Beginner & Beginner

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Episode 3: Meek vs Adbor, 1855
Eposide 4: Potter vs NN, 1870
Checking Time: Boden’s Mate
Checking Time: Greco’s Mate
Episode Seven: A Night at the Opera
LEVON ARONIAN TO REPRESENT THE USA IN CHESS
Happy Birthday Bobby Fischer
11:00 AMFM Kevin Pan
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15
OR Play Vs computer on Chess.com
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

June Summer Camp Tuesday 6/14/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins right after everyone has completed the first round.

If you missed the round or had any other issues I am running another tournament. It will begin @ 4:00 Pacific Time

All the chess problems listed are extra. You do not have to do all the problems in one day, or even do them at all. They are meant to fill in time if you happen to finish an assignment and are waiting for the next event to begin.

Experienced & Tournament

JOIN TOURNAMENT

Experienced & Tournament
JOIN TOURNAMENT
9:00 AMOpening Message
Chris Torres
10:20 AMMaster Chess Teatre – Episode One: Emory Tate’s Immortal Game
Checking Time: Hook Mate
Eposide 4: Potter vs NN, 1870
Episode 2: A Chess Lesson on Engl vs. Eade with James Eade
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Intermediate & Advanced

JOIN TOURNAMENT

JOIN TOURNAMENT
9:00 AMOpening Message
Chris Torres
10:20 AMDon’t Fall For This Opening Trap!
Coach Lauren Quiz 1
1850 USCF VS Chess.com’s 1000 rated Pumpkin bot
Coach Lauren Quiz 2
Episode Seven: A Night at the Opera
Checking Time: Greco’s Mate
Episode 5: Greco vs NN, 1619
Checks, Captures and Threats
With Some Help From My Friends – Episode 1: A Chess Lesson on Tal vs. Tringov with Jay Stallings
HAPPY 84TH BIRTHDAY BORIS SPASSKY
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Absolute Beginner & Beginner

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Checks, Captures and Threats
Episode 1: Hamlisch vs NN, 1899
Checking Time: Arabian Mate
10:00 AMEpisode 2: de Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750
Checking Time: Anastasia’s Mate
Master Chess Teatre – Episode One: Emory Tate’s Immortal Game
My Quora Answer to: What is your favorite puzzle?
11:00 AMChris Torres
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15
OR Play Vs computer on Chess.com
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Day 1 of the June Summer Chess Camp

The June Edition of the 2022 Free Online Summer Chess Camp got off to great start!

If you missed any of the excitement from Day 1, check out the videos below as well as the Monday assignments posted here. Of course, there are plenty more amazing chess opportunities scheduled for our tuition free June chess camp. Remember it’s online and free so sign up today!

Our day started with a message to the students and a fantastic puzzle by the great chess composer Alexey Troitsky.

The highlight of the day was a live lesson from FIDE Master James Eade in which he deeply explained two of his most memorable chess victories.

Finally, our day ended with an inspiring live lesson from chess author Lauren Goodkind.

June Summer Camp Monday 6/13/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins right after everyone has completed the first round.

If you missed the round or had any other issues I am running another tournament. It will begin @ 4:00 Pacific Time

All the chess problems listed are extra. You do not have to do all the problems in one day, or even do them at all. They are meant to fill in time if you happen to finish an assignment and are waiting for the next event to begin.

Experienced & Tournament

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Deep Dive – Think This is Kid’s Stuff?
10:00 AMFM James Eade
11:00 AMEpisode Six: The Ever Grünfeld Game
Checking Time: Boden’s Mate
Checking Time: Greco’s Mate
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15 REMEMBER TO JOIN THE TOURNAMENT!
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Intermediate & Advanced

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Coach Tortoise Lesson Five: En Passant
Episode 1: Hamlisch vs NN, 1899
Episode 2: de Legal vs Saint Brie, 1750
Checking Time: Greco’s Mate
10:00 AMFM James Eade
11:00 AMEpisode Four: The Knight Shift
Checking Time: Philidor’s Legacy
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15 REMEMBER TO JOIN THE TOURNAMENT!
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

Absolute Beginner & Beginner

JOIN TOURNAMENT

9:00 AMOpening Message
Coach Tortoise Lesson One: The Board
Coach Tortoise Lesson Two: Pieces and Pawns
Coach Tortoise Lesson Three: Check, Checkmate & Stalemate
10:00 AMFM James Eade
11:00 AMEssential Checkmates
Coach Tortoise Lesson Four: Castling
Coach Tortoise Lesson Five: En Passant
12:00 PM3 Rounds g/15 REMEMBER TO JOIN THE TOURNAMENT!
OR Play Vs computer on Chess.com
1:30 PMLunch Break
2:00 PMLauren Goodkind
ExtraChess Problems
or Drills

The Free Online Summer Chess Camp Starts Tomorrow!

See you tomorrow (June 13) at 9:00 am Pacific on The Daily Chess Musings Twitch Channel

for the start of The June 2022 edition of The Free Online Summer Chess Camp!