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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Experienced & Tournament
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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!

Winning Chess Moves: Yates vs Capablanca, Moscow 1925

In today’s feature position, Fred Dewhirst Yates (white) has just played 38. Ka1 leaving Jose Raul Capablanca (black) with a decisive advantage in king safety, material, space and force. Capablanca puts the final nail in the coffin with a brilliant 38th move after which Yates (white) immediately resigns. What is black’s winning move?

What is black’s best move (Fred Dewhirst Yates vs. Jose Raul Capablanca, Round 4 of the Moscow 1925 Chess Tournament, 11/13/1925)?

Francisco Friday for 6/10/2022

When it comes to attacking in chess, the stronger, the faster and the more difficult to deal with, the better. In today’s game, attacking maestro Francisco Anchondo uses a well conducted early pawn storm to penetrate his opponent’s defenses with brute force.

[Event “Casual Blitz game”]

[Date “2022.03.12”]

[White “Anonymous”]

[Black “Francisco Anchondo”]

[Result “0-1”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 5.O-O c6 6.Ba4 Bc5 7.d3 d6 8.c3 Nf6

9.Bg5 h6 10.Bh4 g5 11.Bg3 h5 12.h3 h4 13.Bh2 g4 14.hxg4 Nxg4 15.Bb3 Qf6 16.Nd2

Nxh2 17.Kxh2 dxc3 18.bxc3 Qf4+ 19.Kg1 Bg4 20.Qc2 h3 21.d4 hxg2 22.Nf3 Bxf3

23.Rfe1 {white resigns}

0-1

Learn the art of attack in chess from San Francisco Bay Area chess coach Francisco Anchondo during The Free Online Summer Chess Camp.

Chess Position Worth Sharing 147!

Spent 27 minutes of my time this evening working out the solution to this beautiful endgame puzzle by Leonid Kubbel. It was time we’ll spent!

White to move and win (Leonid Kubbel, 150 Endspielstudien, 1925).

For those who are unfamiliar with Kubbel’s work, he composed many of the finest endgame studies of the early part of the twentieth century. In fact, Kubbel likely could have been one of the dominant chess masters of his time period had he not spent so many hours working on his more than 1500 endgame studies! Lucky for us that he did because his endgame compositions (such as the one above) regularly stretched the boundaries of what is possible on the chessboard in ways his chess games never could have.

The Menlo Park Chess Club

A couple of my friends have spoken very highly about the Menlo Park Chess Club which has been steadily growing since its launch in the Fall of 2021. On Wednesday evening I visited the club for the first time to see what all the excitement was about.

Upon arriving, you will notice the serenity surrounding the club which is located at the beautiful Arrillaga Family Recreation Center. Visiting this location brought back fond memories of The Sojourner Truth Chess Tournaments for girls and women which I had the pleasure of organizing at the same location a couple decades ago. Just like old times, I was greeted by the fresh scent of trees, lots of friendly squirrels and even the ducks seemed to be enjoying the sunset.

The Menlo Park Chess Club meets Wednesday evenings from 6:00-9:45pm and offers “casual instruction, lectures, informal play, rated tournaments and other chess activities, striving to appeal to players of all ages, interests and skill levels, from complete beginners to strong masters.” Their webpage has an event section that is worth checking out so you know what to expect on any given Wednesday.

This evening there was a formal tournament occurring in the Cypress Room and an area across the hall for skittles games. I first entered the skittles room where a friendly stranger welcomed me in and invited me to sit down for a game of chess. Across the hall there was a rated tournament occurring with a time control of G/45 d/5. The tournament seemed to have a wide spectrum of skill levels and ages so players of all different strengths should feel confident in finding suitable competition. The room was also kept very quiet with players quickly moving to the aforementioned skittles room as soon as their games finished. Regardless of which room you were in, the players were comfortably spread out with plenty of space to spare.

All in all, I give the Menlo Park Chess Club straight “A’s” for location, organization, friendliness, skill level variety and fun. Even if you need to commute from outside the Peninsula to the club, the overall experience there is definitely worth the time on the road. Hats off to the Club Director Mark Drury for organizing such a wonderful chess club!

Click below to find out more about the

Menlo Park Chess Club

Blitz Chess Mondays with Lauren Goodkind 6/6

Chess Shorts on YouTube

The fast paced nature of modern life make learning chess on your time in any convenient location the preferred choice for many. This is why I started offering so many chess lessons on YouTube in the first place. However, I have noticed that vertical videos have grown in popularity thanks to smartphones and social media platforms. So it obviously makes sense for my popular Daily Chess Musings YouTube channel to also offer short form vertical video content. After considering my options for subject matter and lesson material for these chess video shorts, I believe I now have a winning strategy. In the coming days, I look forward to sharing my YouTube chess shorts with the Daily Chess Musings community. In the meantime, check out this snazzy announcement video and make sure you are subscribed to my channel so that you are the first to see this exciting new venture.

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 66

Some of my favorite endgame studies have the reader playing from a disadvantage with the goal being a draw. In tonight’s puzzle, White is down to a single bishop versus Black’s four pawns but still can draw with perfect play. Enjoy…

White to play and draw (U. Venäläinen, 1st Prize in Suomen Shakki, 1969.)

Francisco Friday for 6/3/2022

Popular with beginners who strictly follow the time honored opening principles they have been taught, The Four Knights Opening has a reputation of leading to a rather dull positional game. However, Francisco Anchondo makes a habit of taking an opening with a dull reputation and running it through a metaphoric knife sharpener until it can split hairs. The game below shows one of Francisco’s well thought out ideas for black in the Four Knights Opening that is razor sharp and battle tested.

[Event “Casual Blitz game”]

[Date “2022.03.09”]

[White “Anonymous”]

[Black “Francisco Anchondo”]

[Result “0-1”]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.O-O d6 6.d3 a6 7.Be3 Nd4 8.Bxd4 Bxd4

9.Nd5 c6 10.Nxf6+ Qxf6 11.c3 Ba7 12.h3 h5 13.Nh2 g5 14.Qe2 g4 15.h4 Qxh4 16.b4

g3 17.Bxf7+ Kxf7 18.Qf3+ Ke8 19.Rfd1 Qxh2+ 20.Kf1 Bg4 21.Qxg3 Qh1#

0-1

Want to learn how to attack in chess? Join San Francisco Bay Area chess coach Francisco Anchondo for live chess lessons during the Free Online Summer Chess Camps.

Chess Position Worth Sharing 146!

“Capablanca’s phenomenal move-searching algorithm in those early years, when he possessed a wonderful ability for calculating variations very rapidly, made him invincible.” – Mikhail Botvinnik

White to move mate in 3 (Jose Raul Capablanca vs Abraham Friedman, Simultaneous Exhibition in Cuernavaca, Mexico 5/1/1933.)

Girls K-12 CalChess State Championship 2022

A friendly reminder that the 2022 Girls Calchess State Championship is this Saturday (June 4th). The Berkeley Chess School does a wonderful job organizing this prestigious event and I highly recommend that all the young ladies in the Northern California chess community consider attending. All participants will be broken into sections by school grade:

Kindergarten-3rd Grade

4th Grade-6th Grade

7th Grade-12th Grade

Players will play 5 rounds (time control-G/45 with a 5 sec delay).

Round times:
10:00am, 11:45pm, 1:30pm, 3:15pm and 5:00pm, with awards at 6;45pm.

AWARDS:

Trophies to top 3 players in each grade.

Click here to find out more and to register online.

Better Notate Your Chess Games

Because, once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.

The queen, and the bishops who serve her, will experience the same fate.

Don’t worry about the horses, they’re going away too.

Even the castles will disappear.

Better notate your game.

So when your own time at the board is over,

a record of your movements…

may remain.