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Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Saturday, June 12, 2021.

Yesterday, I saw advertisements for ten or so summer chess camps just by perusing through my Facebook feed. Of course, every chess camp claimed to be great, but in reality, very few can prove to be iconic. 

For over twenty years, my summer chess camps have taught tens-of-thousands of young people chess and many have gone onto to become chess masters, national champions and even greater achievements. Rest assured though, I put out my best effort for every child who comes to learn. This is why my summer chess camps are truly iconic. 

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The Road to Chess Excellence

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Wednesday, June 8, 2021.

For many, the road to chess excellence is elusive. Perhaps a superbly talented chess player lacks the motivation necessary to succeed. Others may have motivation but lack focus. The final ingredient is commitment and it is perhaps the hardest to master.

Over the years, I have taught more than my fair share of National Champions and it’s largely because I use a training formula that basically guarantees success. Like any other top chess coach, I employ time tested chess training techniques. But, beyond the chessboard, I also train students to be self motivated, intensely focused and committed to excellence. Richard Teichmann famously stated that, “Chess is 99% tactics” and many chess trainers use the “Tactics, tactics, tactics” method to good effect. Early in my coaching career I did as well but my greatest success as a coach occurred when I developed a more holistic approach. Just as daily tactical training in chess is necessary to improve at chess, so is practicing motivation, focus and commitment in order to develop your chess students into champions. 

To emphasize these qualities in The Daily Chess Musings community, I organized a correspondence chess tournament for all of the 2020 Free Online Summer Camp attendees at a time control of 1 move per day. After over ten months of play  and 3230, the Daily Chess Musings Summer Camp Daily Chess tournament just concluded. So today, it is my pleasure to congratulate all of those who participated and recognize the top finishers for their motivation, focus and commitment. 

My plan is to continue this tradition with another Daily Chess Musings Summer Camp Daily Chess tournament for this years Free Online Summer Chess Camp attendees. So don’t forget to sign up for my free online summer chess camps! It is at these special camps that students get motivated, focus and those who remain committed become champions. 


The Eade Foundation Spring Scholastic Chess Classic Official Results

Hello All!

The Eade Foundation Spring Scholastic Chess Classic has been rated! The order listed on Tornelo (pictured below) is the order in which the prizes will be issued. If the USCF Report has you in a slightly different order, Coach Jay says:

I don’t know why US Chess does not list players in tie-break order, but I think that it is because an organizer has the right to specify which tie-breaks they are using, and they don’t want to conflict with those. In any case, the rating crosstable is NOT in tie-break order (either US Chess or FIDE).

I am also including all the PGN Links if you want to review any of the games played.

K-1 Standings


2-4 Standings

2-4 PGN

6-8 Standings

6-8 PGN

9-12 Standings

9-12 PGN

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 yourself a break. Relax and enjoy your chess games. Be proud of your brilliances and learn to laugh at your blunders rather than beating yourself up for not being perfect.

As an example of this philosophy, I present an absolutely atrocious move I made in a recent game that resulted in my own chuckling amusement.

I was black and had a mate in 1.
But instead of playin Qd8 checkmate, I moved my rook from h8-e8.
My opponent replies with Bh3+ which uncovers a rook threat onto my queen.
My king steps out of check.
And my opponent gladly plays Rxa8.

So I missed a mate-in-1 directly leading to the loss of my queen. However, I likely enjoyed the moment more than my opponent!? Why? Because erroring in such a dramatic fashion is worth a good chuckle or two. Just remember to laugh at your mistake and not at yourself and you will be on the path to a lifetime of enjoying chess to it’s fullest.

And if you didn’t find that as amusing as I did, here is a riddle about the knight.:

Riddle: Which knight invented King Arthur’s Round Table?

Answer: Sir Cumference.


Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

The FTX Crypto Cup is a high-level online bitcoin chess tournament and holds a record prize pot for an online tournament of $320,000. As you have probably heard, this is one of the strongest lineups ever assembled, featuring FIDE’s full Top 10 player. 

This clash of the Titans is on of the Meltwater Champions Chess tour, 10 online chess tournaments presenting the world’s top players, playing for a prize money pool of 1.5 million dollars. So far it has been quite an exciting series.

The three preliminary rounds have concluded and there were two games that I found particularly gripping. Let’s take a look before the Knock-out competition begins tomorrow. 

What a fantastic example of chess artistry! There is sure to be more to come in the next several rounds. Be sure to keep watching. The official tournament site is https://championschesstour.com/ftx-crypto-cup-worlds-first-bitcoin-chess-tournament/ and http://chess24.com/ has promised to provide free coverage with “multiple streams for chess fans of all levels and nationalities.” Additionally, FTX (https://ftx.com) will be displaying the fluctuations in the prize fund value in real-time throughout this event. 

[Event “FTX Crypto Cup Prelim”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2021.05.23”]
[Round “1.8”]
[White “Pichot, Alan”]
[Black “Giri, Anish”]
[Result “0-1”]
[BlackElo “2780”]
[BlackFideId “24116068”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “B32”]
[EventDate “2021.05.23”]
[Opening “Sicilian”]
[Variation “Labourdonnais-Loewenthal (Kalashnikov) variation”]
[WhiteElo “2630”]
[WhiteFideId “110973”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]

1.e4 c5 { Giri opts for the Sicilian } 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4
{ and Pichot playing the usual open sicilian ideas } 3…cxd4 4.Nxd4
{ [%cal Gg8f6,Gg7g6] } 4…e5
{ Giri choosing 4… e5 which is a far less popular move than Nf6, e6 or g6
however it was all the rage in the 1940’s. If your inteserested in this
approach, I suggest taking a look at the exciting Louis-Charles Mahe de La Bourdonnais and Alexander McDonnel match from 1834 i9n which 4… e5 was on
prominent display. } 5.Nb5 d6
{ This is the Kalashnikov Variation in which black accepts the backward
pawn on d6 in exchange for time earned while chasing white’s knight. } 6.c4
{ [%cal Gc4d5,Ge4d5,Rc6d4,Re5d4]Pichot chooses 6. c4 instead of the calmer 6. N1c3. This pawn formation is known as the Maroczy Bind. Made famous by Geza Maroczy, white’s c and e pawns control the d5 square making it difficult for black to play the freeing pawn to d5. However, the disadvantage of this approach for white is a weak d4 square. }
{ Giri must have done secret prep on this rarely played move. Black almost
always chooses to post their bishop on e7 rather than finachettoing it. }
7.N1c3 a6 { white’s knight must retreat to a3. } 8.Na3 Bg7 9.Nc2
{ a much better square for the knight than a3 in which it guards against
black playing Nd4. } 9…Nf6 10.Be2 O-O 11.Be3 Be6 12.O-O
{ both sides have developed their minor pieces and castled. } 12…Rc8
{ This is a fairly common approach in these kinds of postions. The idea is
placing the rook into the c-file before the b5 pawn break. Aditionally,
black can evaluate Na5 or Ne7 to put direct pressure on the c4 pawn. } 13.f3
{ solidifying white control of the light squares but black has some
tempting dark squares to eyeball. } 13…Nh5
{ [%cal Gh5f4,Gg7d4]Giri certainly could’ve gone with the afformentioned Na5 or Ne7 plan, but instead, he moves his knight to h5. From here, Nf4 looks like a great outpost for the knight and this move also opens allows the dark squared bishop greater influence. }
14.Nd5 { Pichot places his knight on the nice d5 outpost. } 14…Bxd5
{ Giri says “No thank you” to his opponent’s plan and captures with the
bishop. } 15.Qxd5
{ If white captured back with the c-pawn then perhaps black couldretreat
the knight to b8 with the idea of redeveloping it to d7. } ( 15.cxd5 Nb8 (
{ Is a typical move in the Kalashnikov where black gives up a pawn but
after: } 16.Nxd4 exd4 17.Bxd4 Bxd4+ 18.Qxd4 Nf4 { threatening the bishop. }
{ and here we see some good attacking chances gained for the prioce of the
pawn. For instance: } 19…h5 20.Kh1 h4
{ [%csl Re2][%cal Gd8g5,Gc8c2]Black’s queen seems poised to move to g5 and black’s rook on c8 is quite powerful. White has an extra pawn but their bishop on e2 isn’t looking very good at all as it is being blocked by its own pawns. }
) 16.Qd2
{ [%cal Gh5f4,Gf7f5]Unifying rooks and now white seems pretty good here. It’s hard to say whether Giri would have continued by placing his knight on the f4 outpost or advanced f7-f5 or maybe a combination of both such as: }
16…Nf4 17.Na3 f5 18.Nc4 b5 19.Nb6 Rc7
{ Would have been an interesting continuation and is worthy of
consideration. } ) 15…Nd4
{ [%csl Rd5][%cal Gd4c2,Gd4e2]Traps white’s queen by blobking it’s escape while threatening both the bishop on e2 and knight on c2. }
{ An obvious response to the fact that the knight and bishop were under
attack is to use the bishop to defend the knight. } ( 16.Nxd4
{ doesn’t work. } 16…exd4
{ [%cal Ge3d2]and white would be forced to play Bd2 because } 17.Bxd4
{ leads to a nasty fork. } 17…Nf4 { [%cal Gf4d5,Gf4e2] } ) 16…b5
{ Giri would have probably liked to have played Qd7 here to protect the b7
pawn with the idea of Rc5. However if black plays 16… Qd7: } ( 16…Qd7
{ then black allows white’s queen to escape to a5. So, to solve this
problem, Anish Giri played b5 on move 16. } ) 17.Nxd4 { and if Bxd4 then… }
( 17.Bxd4 Nf4 { Black drops a fork on him. } ) 17…exd4
{ Black threatens the bishop on e3 and remeber that white’s queen is still
stuck in the middle. } 18.Bg5 { threatening Giri’s queen. } 18…Qb6
{ which moves to b6 taking b7 from white’s queen. } 19.cxb5
{ the alternatives would’ve also have lost material. } ( 19.e5 bxc4 20.Bxc4
Bxe5 21.Bd3 Bf4 22.Bxf4 Nxf4 { [%cal Gf4d5,Gf4d3] } 23.Qe4 Nxd3 24.Qxd3 Qxb2
{ Was likely the best continationg for white but still leaves black
winning. } ) ( 19.g4 { Is exciting but doesn’t work because of: } 19…Rc5
20.gxh5 bxc4 21.Bxc4 Rxd5 22.Bxd5 d3+ { and black is firmly in command. } )
19…Rc5 { [%cal Gc5g5]Everything from 16… b5 was leading to this moment. }
20.Qb3 Rxg5
{ Giri is now up a piece. However, is still tricky beause of white’s next
move. } 21.bxa6
{ and Pichot has a deep passed pawn so Giri must employ excellent
technique. } 21…Qxb3
{ trading queens while ahead material is a good start. } 22.axb3 Nf4
{ [%cal Gf4d3,Gf4g2,Gg5g2]now the knight moves to the outpost with a fork. }
23.Bc4 Rxg2+ 24.Kh1 Rxb2
{ [%cal Gg7a1]an important capture which opens up a discovered attack for the bishop on g7. }
25.Rfb1 Rc2 26.Rc1 d3
{ [%cal Gd3c2,Gg7a1]a beautiful pawn push which supports the rook on c2 while exposing white’s rook on a1. }
27.Rxc2 Bxa1 { Giri makes the most precise capture. } 28.Rc1 Bd4
{ [%cal Gf4g2,Gd4g1,Gd4a7]finds safety while keeping white’s king boxed in the corner and guarding a7. }
29.Rd1 Bc5 30.h4 { Pichot’s King can enter the endgame. } 30…Kg7
{ but so does Giri’s with an extra piece at his disposal. } 31.Kh2 Kf6 32.Kg3
Ke5 { and Alan Pichot resigns as his loss is inevitable. } 0-1

[Event “FTX Crypto Cup Prelim”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2021.05.24”]
[Round “8.2”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Grischuk, Alexander”]
[Result “1-0”]
[BlackElo “2776”]
[BlackFideId “4126025”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “A01”]
[EventDate “2021.05.23”]
[Opening “Nimzovich-Larsen attack”]
[Variation “modern variation”]
[WhiteElo “2847”]
[WhiteFideId “1503014”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]

{ Magnus starts the game in hyper-modern fashion by preparing to fianchetto
the queenside bishop. } 1…e5
{ Grischuk responds conventionally by placing a pawn in the center on the
first move. } 2.Bb2
{ This first move b3 followed by a quick fianchetto is know as the
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack named after the great hypermodern strategist Aron
Nimzowitsch and famously unorthodox Danish Grandmaster, Jorgen Bent Larsen. }
2…Nc6 3.c4 { 3. e3 is the mainline here. } 3…Nf6 4.Nf3
{ without a center pawn on e4, this developing move is begging Grischuk to
respond with a pawn push to e4 which gains space while attacking Carlsen’s
knight. } 4…e4 { Grischuk takes the free space and the intiative. } 5.Nd4
Bc5 { Black develops the bishop with a nice threat. } 6.Nf5
{ It looks a bit awkard that Magnus has moved his knight three times in the
early going. Of course, if white was more developed, the knight on f5 would
look more natural as it is teaming up with the bishop on the weak g7 square. }
{ Grischuk hits the center while opening a discovered attack on the knight
on f5. At first glance, the obvious choice for Magnus seems to be playing
Nxg7+. } 7.Nxg7+ { And he does. } 7…Kf8 { but now the knight is trapped. }
{ Magnus responds by also threatening to capture a knight but Grischuk has
an interesting move here. } 8…Bd4
{ and he plays it. Let’s take a look at the plan behind Bd4. } 9.Nc3 (
9.Bxd4 Nxd4 10.e3
{ [%csl Re3,Rf8,Rc6,Rb5,Rb3,Rc2,Re2,Rf3,Rf5,Re6,Re8,Rh5][%cal Gd4c6,Gd4b5,Gd4b3,Gd4c2,Gd4e2,Gd4f3,Gd4f5,Gd4e6,Gg7e6,Gg7f5,Gg7h5,Gg7e8]and now black’s knight is also trapped. In fact lets take a moment to admire how both sides have simultaneously threatened and trapped eachother’s knights. And if black moves his knight to f5… }
10…Nf5 ( 10…Kxg7 11.exd4 Qxd5 12.Nc3 Qxd4 13.Qe2 Rd8
{ Looks fine for black… } ) 11.Nxf5
{ white can clmly exchange his trapped knight. } 11…Bxf5 12.Nc3 Nxd5
13.Nxd5 Qxd5 14.Bc4
{ aand now white would have the initaitive while black’s lost the ability
to castle and has a compromised pawn structure. } ) 9…Ne7
{ Grischuk plays the prudent Ne7. } 10.e3 Bxc3 11.dxc3 ( 11.Bxc3 Kxg7 12.f3
{ Trying to develop the queen to f3 to add a second attacker on the pinned
knight. } 12…Nxd5
{ but black would get to capture on d5 while threatening white’s key bishop
on c3. } 13.Bb2 { white must step away in order to preserve the bishop. }
13…Qe7 { which gives black the time needed to turn the tables on white. }
14.Bc4 Rd8
{ and now black has the greater threats which is why Magnus played 11. dxc3
instead of Bxc3. } ) 11…Kxg7 { Now Grishcuk is up material. } 12.c4
{ Repins the knight on f6 while creating a pawn chain that acts as a shiled
against black’s counterplay. Now white can start a kingside attack. }
12…Ng6 { Grishuk starts to address his problems but… } 13.g4
{ Magnus is now on the attack. } 13…h6
{ defends against a pawn push g5 but only for a moment. } 14.h4
{ Because Magnus is just barreling forward with his pawns. } 14…c5
{ and unusual looking move which I’ll explain in a moment. } 15.Be2
{ Magnus develops his bishop to e2. But what if he simplied played pawn to
g5? } ( 15.g5 hxg5 16.hxg5
{ and now if black plays Rxh1, white gets to play Bxf6 check and forking
the king and queen. And This is why Grischuk played 14… c5. } 16…Qa5+
{ a check made possible by 14… c5. } 17.Qd2 Qxd2+ 18.Kxd2 Rxh1
{ and black is easily winning. Play might continue… } 19.Bg2 Rxa1 20.Bxa1
Kg8 21.Bxf6 Bf5 22.f4 exf3 23.Bxf3 Re8
{ and now black makes use of his extra rook and shouldn’t have earning the
full point. } ) 15…Kg8
{ [%cal Gb2h8]Grischuk moves the king out of the pin but his knight is still pinned to the rook. }
16.Qc2 { Magnus develops his queen to the most useful square. } 16…Rh7
{ and now Grischuk moves his rook out of the pin as well. } 17.O-O-O
{ Castling queenside gives Magnus access to attack with all of his pieces
while Grischuk’s position just looks disorganized. } 17…Nxg4
{ Opening up the g-file seems like a poor choice by Grischuk and is
actually a little bit of “hope chess.” Grischuk is hoping Magnus places a
rook into the g-file staright away in which case he would likely be able to esacpe with a draw. }
18.h5 { But Magnus doesn’t fall for it. } ( 18.Rdg1 h5
{ to which Grischuk simply supports the knight. } 19.Qxe4 Kf8 20.Bxg4 Bxg4
21.f3 Bd7 22.Rxg6 fxg6 23.Qxg6 Qe7 { Magnus needs to add more force. } 24.Rg1
{ and does… } 24…Qxe3+
{ but not before Grischuk grabs the initiative with a check. } 25.Kb1 Bg4
{ Beautiful interference with the queen and rook battery thus placing the
rook in peril. } 26.Rxg4 hxg4 27.Qxh7 Qg1+ 28.Bc1 gxf3 29.Qf5+ Kg8 30.Qxf3
Qg6+ { at this level, is very drawish which is why Magnus played 18. h5! } )
18…Nf8 19.Qxe4 f5 { to ward off the queen. } 20.Qc2 Nxf2
{ [%cal Gf2d1,Gf2h1] Fork but… } 21.Rhg1+
{ checks the king and is definately winning for white. } 21…Kf7 22.Rdf1
{ Puting the other rook into action of the f-file. } 22…Qh4
{ Grischuk defends the knight and is just trying to survive. } 23.Be5
{ a big mistake by Carlsen which leaves the door a crack open for Grischuk.
} ( 23.Rg2 { first threatening to win the knight. } 23…Nh1 24.Bd3
{ and then attacking black’s last line of defense, the critical f5 pawn. }
24…Ng3 25.Qf2
{ and now black must abandon his king from the f-file which means losing
the knight and the game. } 25…Ke8 26.Qxg3 Qxg3 27.Rxg3
{ all of white’s piees are in the game and black’s pieces are all poorly
placed. At this level, black can simply resign here. } ) 23…Qe4
{ Grischuk misses the opportunity. } ( 23…Qe7
{ would have threatened Magnus’ beautiful bishop. } 24.Qb2
{ so Carlsen could defend it. } 24…Nd7
{ and then Grischuk would’ve attacked it again. } 25.Bf4
{ and now the bishop must go. } 25…Nh3 { but even here it can be hastled. }
26.Bg4 { one last beautiful tactical try for white. } 26…Nxg1
{ fxg4 would lose so black would play Nxg1. } 27.Bxf5 Rg7 28.Bg6+ Kg8 29.Rxg1
Qf6 { to take away white’s diagaonal and checkmate threats. } 30.Qxf6 Nxf6
{ now black can shift away from survival and into defending a difficult
endgame. } 31.Bxh6 Ng4 32.Bxg7 Kxg7
{ of course white is still winning but black can put up stiff resistance
and potentially excape with a half point. } ) 24.Qc3 Nh3
{ and now, I’ll give you a minute to find Magnus’ winning move. } 25.Rg4
{ Boom! Magnus makes use of a pin and traps Grishuk’s queen. A brilliant
ending to a brilliant chess game. } 1-0

Alexander McDonnell vs Louis Charles Mahe De La Bourdonnais
“Labourdonnais Picnic” London (1834), London ENG
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. ·  0-1

  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. Bc4 Nf6 7. Bg5 Be7 8. Qe2 d5 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. Bb3 O-O 11. 0-0 a5 12. exd5 cxd5 13. Rd1 d4 14. c4 Qb6 15. Bc2 Bb7 16. Nd2 Rae8 17. Ne4 Bd8 18. c5 Qc6 19. f3 Be7 20. Rac1 f5 21. Qc4+ Kh8 22. Ba4 Qh6 23. Bxe8 fxe4 24. c6 exf3 25. Rc2 Qe3+ 26. Kh1 Bc8 27. Bd7 f2 28. Rf1 d3 29. Rc3 Bxd7 30. cxd7 e4 31. Qc8 Bd8 32. Qc4 Qe1 33. Rc1 d2 34. Qc5 Rg8 35. Rd1 e3 36. Qc3 Qxd1 37. Rxd1 e2 0-1

Free Summer Chess Camp 2021 Registration List

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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.


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: G/15+10 (Game in 15 with 10 second increment)

Round Times: Sat 9am, 10:00am, 11:00am, Lunch, 12:30pm, 1:30pm. Log into Tornelo.com 15 minutes before game. (Pacific Time)

Sign up here: https://dailychessmusings.com/the-eade-foundation-spring-scholastic-chess-classic/

Eade Foundation Spring Scholastic Chess Classic USCF ID Check

Dear Registered Chess Players, 
Tornelo does not tell us the USCF ID even though it had a comment section I thought they could be entered into. I have looked everyone up on the USCF Ratings page. Please confirm that your information is correct. If it is no action needs to be taken.

If it is not correct then please email dailychessmusings@gmail.com with the correct name, section, and USCF ID #.
Thank you,

Chris Torres

SectionNameSort descendingMember IDStateExp Date
K-1Ariv Debmisra17314200Pennsylvania3/31/23
K-1Asher Yu30144463Pennsylvania3/31/23
K-1Dann Merriman17079355Washington6/30/21
K-1Dharsh Patibandla30141875New Jersey3/31/22
K-1Eric (Deli) Liu30136104New York3/31/23
K-1EVELYN YI-AN HSING17135133California9/30/22
K-1Johnson Weng30136161New York3/31/22
K-1Joshua Goldberg30017089Texas7/31/21
K-1Kiyomi Yuk30136211New York3/31/22
K-1Matthew Chao30069592New York11/30/22
K-1PETER WARDLOW17084046Texas6/30/21
K-1Pritish Singhal30147983Missouri3/31/22
K-1Raymond Ouyang30136126New York3/31/22
K-1sai chandhuru vijay regunathan30185550California5/31/22
K-1Sayan mukhopadhyay17246194California12/31/21
K-1Siva Kolli16953345Nebraska5/31/23
K-1Talia Pogue-Jewell30045235Texas10/31/21
K-1Vedant Basu Acharya30028824California7/31/22
K-1WINSTON CHEN17150276New York10/31/21
2-5.Aaron Reeve Mendes301642434/30/22
2-5.Aaron Zhiyang Wu16979024California4/30/23
2-5.ADITI DEORUKHKAR17158932Kentucky12/31/21
2-5.Alice Wang30169814New York4/30/23
2-5.anusha mukhopadhyay16454747California11/30/21
2-5.Asher Georgy30181000New Jersey5/31/23
2-5.COLE POGUE-JEWELL16586454Texas6/30/23
2-5.Devansh Alwa30163889Arkansas4/30/22
2-5.GEORGE YOU30136172New York3/31/22
2-5.Havish Arun30147543California3/31/22
2-5.Holden Scheff30152348California3/31/22
2-5.Joshua Huang
2-5.Kendrick R Qu16878463Texas4/30/22
2-5.KHAUSHAL RAGAVAN16179091Ohio2/28/19
2-5.Lucas Moras16303764California5/31/22
2-5.MANU VARMA VEGISANA17351803Connecticut6/30/21
2-5.ROHAN Dileep MENON17197867Illinois######
2-5.Sai Nirmith Indukuri30174816California5/31/22
2-5.Samuel Carpenter17234687Maryland4/30/22
2-5.Shaun R McGrath30018955Alabama7/31/22
2-5.SHREEANSH BOMMOJU16766242Georgia8/31/20
2-5.SOPHIA HUANG16661048New Jersey4/30/22
2-5.TRENT JOSEPH PADILLA16969761New Mexico2/29/20
6-8.Ankita Jain163044913/31/22
6-8.Ansh Batra16342642Delaware4/30/22
6-8.CODY NATTAWAT SATINSKY16416198Florida8/31/21
6-8.Dev Patel
6-8.DEVIN THOMAS KOZAKIS16335300California6/30/21
6-8.GAURI M M DEORUKHKAR16470705Kentucky1/31/22
6-8.HARDIK ALWA16285504Arkansas4/30/22
6-8.Jericho Suarez
6-8.Johannes Chow30063081Delaware11/30/21
6-8.Kaelyn Dasovich30145084California3/31/22
6-8.Kian Javier Nashat30185882Massachusetts5/31/23
6-8.Phuc Hoang30153532Kentucky3/31/22
6-8.SANJAY SEETHARAMAN REDDY Jr.15094558California3/31/22
6-8.Sebastian Henriksson30182305New York5/31/22
6-8.Siddharth Sivakumar15677938Ohio2/28/23
6-8.Sydney Zhang30184072California5/31/22
6-8.Taedus Nguyen16737114Texas3/31/22
6-8.Vivaan Garg30024650Texas7/31/21
9-12.ARNAV KAPADIA160811558/31/21
9-12.CEDRICK JORELLE GARCIA16366298California3/31/22
9-12.JACKSON BENNETT15214812California3/31/22
9-12.Jake Ebersole16315972Minnesota5/31/23
9-12.JEEVAN DHANOTA16670208California7/31/21
9-12.Matthew Hsin-De Tran14710246California5/31/22
9-12.OJAS AGARWAL15062882Florida3/31/19
9-12.RIHAN PODDER17193775Ohio11/30/20

Free Online Chess Camp FAQ

*How can I register?

You should be able to register on the Registration page, but if you were having difficulty you can email dailychessmusings@gmail.com.

*Do I need a Chess.com account?

Yes. We will be using Chess.com to play games and a tournament. You will need an account, but there is no cost to you. You can get one here.

*What can I expect now that I have registered?

When you register you will select your level of experience. That will be the group you are in. We will have different groups doing different activities or lessons at various times based on their ages and experience levels. Each day before class begins we will post the daily assignments. We do not post the too far in advance or too many kids work ahead.

*Where does it take place?

This is an online chess camp and will be conducted entirely over the internet. A computer with an internet connection, a free chess.com account, and the ability to watch YouTube videos are the only requirements. You will be able to participate without having to be in close contact with anyone.

*What age group and skill level is this for? 

We are designing all camps so children will be broken into smaller groups based on age and skill levels and given instructions on which activities to do. This will allow us to accommodate children of all ages and chess abilities.

*Are you allowed to attend just one day?

Yes. Obviously, you would learn more if you attended the entire time, but we will be sending the instructions for each group each day. Other than missing the live lessons (which will be available to watch later) you should be able to go to our page and complete the majority of the activities when you have the time.

*What type of tournament will they play?

We will run at least one tournament round every day. While there is no prize for winning the tournament, all kids will get points for participating in them. They will get 1 point for a loss, 2 for a draw, and 3 for a win.

*Is a camera needed to do this?

No, having a camera may be useful for some of the activities, but none of them will require a camera in order to participate.

*Are there any hidden costs or equipment we must purchase ahead of time in order for our child to attend the online chess club/camp?

No. This camp is tuition free and the only equipment needed is a computer which meets basic technology requirements.

*What are the technology requirements?

Students need at minimum high-speed Internet access, a keyboard, and a computer capable of accessing YouTube and Chess.com.

*Do I need to be a member of the USCF to participate?

No. This will not be an official USCF event and the tournament will not be rated by the USCF.

If you have a question that was not answered here then please email dailychessmusings@gmail.com and we will answer them.

#Chess Position Worth Sharing 133

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 popularised by Paul Morphy. Below we see a position from an early attacking masterpiece in the career of Wilhelm Steinitz in which he manages to pull off a beautiful Epaulette Mate in just four moves.

White to move and mate in 4 (Wilhelm Steinitz vs. N.N., 1865).


Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

The Strongest Chess Tournament in History Begins on May 23

FTX Crypto Cup will take place from May 23-31. Its record $320,000 online prize fund has attracted a strong field of elite grandmasters. In fact, for the first time in history, every chess player on the current FIDE (World Chess) Top 10 list will be competing. This places this tournament slightly ahead of Vienna 1882 and Linares 1993 which both had an amazing nine out of the top ten players.

With such a collection of talent competing for an enormous prize fund and a qualification for the Meltwater Champions Tour Final in San Francisco, the FTX Crypto Cup is sure to be an action packed event. 

Here are the complete field of elite Grandmasters set to compete in the FTX Crypto Cup on May 23. 

1. Magnus Carlsen (Nor), 2. Fabiano Caruana (USA), 3. Ding Liren (Chn), 4. Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus), 5. Levon Aronian (Arm), 6. Anish

Giri (Ned), 7. Alexander Grischuk (Rus), 8. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

(Aze), 9. Wesley So (USA), 10. Teimour Radjabov (Aze), 11. Maxime

Vachier-Lagrave (Fra), 12. Alireza Firouzja (FIDE), 13. Hikaru Nakamura (USA), 14. Daniil Dubov (Rus), 15. Peter Svidler (Rus), 16. Alan Pichot (Arg).

The format behind with three days of all-players competing followed by a knock-out format among the top eight. The official tournament site is https://championschesstour.com/ftx-crypto-cup-worlds-first-bitcoin-chess-tournament/ and http://chess24.com/ has promised to provide free coverage with “multiple streams for chess fans of all levels and nationalities.” In addition, because approximately $100,000 of the prize fund will be paid in Bitcoin, FTX (https://ftx.com) will be displaying the fluctuations in the prize fund value in real-time throughout this event. 

I hope you enjoyed today’s daily chess musing and are excited to follow all the action during the strongest chess tournament in history by tuning in to the Daily Chess Musings YouTube channel for daily recaps of the 2021 FTX Crypto Cup.

Website: https://dailychessmusings.com/

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Email: DailyChessMusings@gmail.com


How to Register for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic

Registering for the Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic is as easy as 1, 2, 3… However, I know a lot of chess parents have never used Tornelo before so I made a tutorial. Please watch our three minute video on registration and then try it yourself.

See you on Saturday, May 22 for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic.

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 Chess Classic is Saturday, May 22 and the entry fee for this USCF rated online tournament is just $20. Please take a moment to join this fun event played for a great cause by clicking on the link below:


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.

Jay Stallings (top) and Chris Torres live-streaming during today’s practice event.

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, Jay and I just wanted a chance to practice managing a tournament using Tornelo while also live-streaming before next weekend’s Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic. However, even with all the distractions of running and live-streaming a blitz tournament, Jay and I took some time to appreciate a nice, exclamation worthy chess move, played by Johannes Chow versus Dann Merriman from round 2. I present the position for your pleasure below. Black (Dann Merriman) has just threatened white’s rook with pawn to f5. What brilliant response did White (Johannes Chow) find?

White to move and win (Johannes Chow vs. Dann Merriman, Tornelo 5/15/21).

There is sure to be plenty more exciting chess games played during The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic on May 22. Register today to be a part of the action!

Also, if you want to watch our coverage of today’s practice blitz tournament, you can do so here:

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 incredible custom awards including plaques and medals. The entry fee is just $20 but, since this is a US Chess online rated event, all participants must be current members of the United States Chess Federation. Parents are encouraged to watch a live broadcast of the event hosted by Jay Stallings of ChessHootz, Chris Torres of DailyChessMusings.com and, of course, FIDE Master James Eade.

Register ASAP at https://dailychessmusings.com/the-eade-foundation-spring-scholastic-chess-classic/




Tournament Details:

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: G/15+10 (Game in 15 with 10 second increment)

Round Times (Pacific Time): Sat 9am, 10:00am, 11:00am, Lunch, 12:30pm, 1:30pm. Log into Tornelo.com 15 minutes before the game.

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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 when your progress has slowed. Of course, I am not suggesting a boring revisit of beginner material. However, revisiting the basics in a nuanced way can enable learners to experience success again while forming new connections between recent developments in their chess education and their foundational understanding of the game.

So in a continuation of this theme of returning to the basics, I present another mate in two problem that is basic yet challenging. Enjoy…

White to move and mate in two (Mat, 1987, Marcin Banaszek).

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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.

White to move and mate in 2(Alan R., 1895).

Practice Tournaments Make For Perfect Events

Scholastic chess players practice for hours and hours  to raise the likelihood of finishing near the top of the pack at state or national championship events. Champions do this because they know that once you are competing in an elite event, there are no take backs , no timeouts, no restarts and only one chance to perform at your best.

Most of the time tournament organizers’ efforts go largely unnoticed unless something goes wrong but we also spend hours and hours preparing for our role in prestigious events. Just like chess players, we form a comprehensive plan and double check every move we make. So it stands to reason that when trying something new, tournament organizers would also like to practice.

Last night, Jay Stallings emailed me about the upcoming Eade Foundation Spring Scholastic Chess Classic. He offered to run a practice tournament this coming weekend to prepare for the big event on May 22. I took all of two seconds to respond to him with a resounding “Yes please!” Not only would a practice tournament allow Jay and I to familiarize ourselves more with online event management on Tornelo but it would also allow our students a great opportunity to get in some valuable practice games before playing in The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic. 

Our practice tournament will occur on Saturday, May 15’th and will be a seven round blitz event broken into three sections, Under 600, 600-900, & Over 1200. Round 1 starts at 9:00 am Pacific Time. You can join the event by going to: https://tornelo.com/chess/orgs/chesshootz/events/eade-foundation-practice-blitz/summary and clicking the “Enter Now” button. 

Coach Jay and I will be doing a livestream of the event. You can watch here:

And as an extra bonus, I will be randomly picking three participants for a special 1-on-1 training session to prepare for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic. So don’t miss out on your best chance to practice before the big event and your chance to train with Coach Chris!