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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”]Continue reading “Francisco Friday for 6/10/2022”

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 canContinue reading “Francisco Friday for 6/3/2022”

Francisco Friday for 5/20/2022

First debuted by Adolf Albin against Emanuel Lasker in 1893, the Albin Counter Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5) is a good surprise weapon for attacking chess players who seek to take a Queen’s Gambit player out of their prep. Decades ago, Francisco Anchondo taught a masterclass in the San Francisco Bay Area on this hyperContinue reading “Francisco Friday for 5/20/2022”

IM Invitational Norm Tournament 2022 Standings

Mission 360 and Bay Area Chess have teamed up for another IM Norm Tournament in San Jose, California. These prestigious FIDE rated tournaments give much needed opportunities for California’s rising chess stars to earn internationally recognized chess titles. Below is the cross table after the fourth round.  As you can see, this event is talentContinue reading “IM Invitational Norm Tournament 2022 Standings”

Francisco Friday for 5/13/2022

Long established San Francisco Bay Area chess instructor Francisco Anchondo turns the tables on the Fried Liver Attack by using the good old Traxler Variation. [Event “Casual Blitz game”] [Date “2022.03.04”] [White “Anonymous”] [Black “Francisco Anchondo”] [Result “0-1”] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Kf1 Qe7 7.Nxh8 d5 8.exd5 Nd4 9.c3Continue reading “Francisco Friday for 5/13/2022”

Francisco Friday for 5/6/2022

Attacking maestro Francisco Anchondo had the black pieces in the chess game below. As for white, “Le fue como a los perros en misa.” [Event “Casual Blitz game”] [Date “2022.03.02”] [White “Anonymous”] [Black “Francisco Anchondo”] [Result “0-1”] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 f5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Qc2 Bc5 6.Be2 Bb6 7.Na3 a6 8.b4 d6 9.Bb2 f4Continue reading “Francisco Friday for 5/6/2022”

Francisco Friday for 4/22/22

There’s not a lot of crossover between groups of chess and boxing aficionados despite the two activities sharing many similarities. For example, watching white’s queen movement at the end of this game brings to mind the famous Muhammad Ali quote, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Also, perhaps the best way to describeContinue reading “Francisco Friday for 4/22/22”

Don’t Miss Out on These Exciting FIDE Events from Mission 360 and Bay Area Chess!

Organizing a successful IM or GM norm chess tournament is no easy feat. During the planning and lead up there are lots of things that organizers need to pay attention to and keep track of. Whether it’s      sending invitations to foreign titled chess players, meeting all of FIDE’s technical requirements, calculating the requisiteContinue reading “Don’t Miss Out on These Exciting FIDE Events from Mission 360 and Bay Area Chess!”

Francisco Friday for 4/15/22

Francisco Anchondo has spent decades building his reputation as one of the East Bay’s most dangerous chess players. Oftentimes, Francisco is at the chessboard for one reason, and that is to deliver checkmate. Sit beside him long enough and you will learn the art of checkmating. [Event “Casual Blitz game”] [Date “2020.06.04”] [White “Francisco Anchondo”]Continue reading “Francisco Friday for 4/15/22”

A Perfect Equilibrium of Attack and Defense in Chess

We will never have be able to witness the greatest chess players from different historic eras playing matches against each other but that doesn’t stop me from musing about such matchups. Just imagine Paul Morphy launching an all out attack against the great defender Tigran Petrosian. I like to believe that, at least for oneContinue reading “A Perfect Equilibrium of Attack and Defense in Chess”

The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 9

Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Opening ceremony: Wednesday Apr 6th, 6:30PM Round Time (tentative) for 6-day Round 1: Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Thursday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 3: Thursday, Apr 7, 5:30 PM Round 4: Friday, Apr 8, 11:30 AM Round 5: Friday, AprContinue reading “The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 9”

The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Standings

I am unable to broadcast all the rounds due to prior commitments, However, you can still watch along by going to: https://www.chess.com/events/2022-bayareachess-gm-im-norm-2 Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Opening ceremony: Wednesday Apr 6th, 6:30PM Round Time (tentative) for 6-day Round 1: Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Thursday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 3:Continue reading “The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Standings”

The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 2

Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Opening ceremony: Wednesday Apr 6th, 6:30PM Round Time (tentative) for 6-day Round 1: Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Thursday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 3: Thursday, Apr 7, 5:30 PM Round 4: Friday, Apr 8, 11:30 AM Round 5: Friday, AprContinue reading “The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 2”

The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 1

Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Opening ceremony: Wednesday Apr 6th, 6:30PM Round Time (tentative) for 6-day Round 1: Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Thursday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM Round 3: Thursday, Apr 7, 5:30 PM Round 4: Friday, Apr 8, 11:30 AM Round 5: Friday, Apr 8, 5:30Continue reading “The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 1”

The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Standings

I am unable to broadcast all the rounds due to prior commitments, However, you can still watch along by going to: https://www.chess.com/events/2022-bayareachess-gm-im-norm-2 Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Round 1: Friday, Apr 1, 7:00 PM – Daily Chess Musings with Chris Torres https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Saturday, Apr 2, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings RoundContinue reading “The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Standings”

The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 9

Greetings Chess Players1 Unfortunately, I am busy with lessons all day today, so I am unable to broadcast. But, you can tune into The Eade Foundation’s YouTube channel at 4:00 pm (Pacific) to watch FM James Eade broadcast the final round action at the Inaugural Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm chess tournament. Opening ceremony: FridayContinue reading “The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 9”

The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 7

Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Round 1: Friday, Apr 1, 7:00 PM – Daily Chess Musings with Chris Torres https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Saturday, Apr 2, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 3: Saturday, Apr 2, 5:30 PM Round 4: Sunday, Apr 3, 10:00 AM Round 5: Sunday, Apr 3, 4:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusingsContinue reading “The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 7”

The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 6

Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Round 1: Friday, Apr 1, 7:00 PM – Daily Chess Musings with Chris Torres https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Saturday, Apr 2, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 3: Saturday, Apr 2, 5:30 PM Round 4: Sunday, Apr 3, 10:00 AM Round 5: Sunday, Apr 3, 4:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusingsContinue reading “The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 6”

The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 5

Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Round 1: Friday, Apr 1, 7:00 PM – Daily Chess Musings with Chris Torres https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Saturday, Apr 2, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 3: Saturday, Apr 2, 5:30 PM Round 4: Sunday, Apr 3, 10:00 AM Round 5: Sunday, Apr 3, 4:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusingsContinue reading “The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 5”

The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Standings

I am unable to broadcast all the rounds due to prior commitments, However, you can still watch along by going to: https://www.chess.com/events/2022-bayareachess-gm-im-norm-2 Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Round 1: Friday, Apr 1, 7:00 PM – Daily Chess Musings with Chris Torres https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Saturday, Apr 2, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings RoundContinue reading “The Second Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Standings”