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Summer Games Winners!

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Saturday, August 21, 2021. The Daily Chess Musings Summer Games took place on chess.com from August 2 – 6. Over the five days, scores of chess players who are members of the Daily Chess Musings chess club competed inContinue reading “Summer Games Winners!”

Daily Chess Musings Summer Games Coming Next Month!

Greetings Chess Players and welcome to my Daily Chess Musing for Tuesday July 6th, 2021. The pandemic has greatly curtailed opportunities to play in chess tournaments over the last year and a half. So we are giving all chess players an opportunity to compete and share their love for chess at a major online internationalContinue reading “Daily Chess Musings Summer Games Coming Next Month!”

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. 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,Continue reading “Great Chess On Display During The Practice Event for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic”

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 chanceContinue reading “Practice Tournaments Make For Perfect Events”

Winners of the New Year’s Blitz Chess Extravaganza!

Winners of a $30 gift certificate to Musings Merchandise and American Chess Equipment 1401 nandanj644 28 gryrules 354 Deborah813 158 Dark_Knight_DK14 120 RobynoDude 1141 savitbaranwal 1253 Red900 38 Chessfor107 1142 Sengupta17 1144 Shivensaxena Congratulations to our winners, Coach Chris You can watch the YouTube Livestream HERE Tournament Results: New Year’s Blitz Extravaganza 1 New Year’sContinue reading “Winners of the New Year’s Blitz Chess Extravaganza!”

Winners of the Halloween Blitz Chess Extravaganza!

Winners of a $30 gift certificate to Musings Merchandise and American Chess Equipment 223 ChessWizardDavid 171 royalknight101 234 sparshg 138 winnerkarthik07 5 hellokns 144 ExoticJosh1229 243 NMLimelight2727 174 temiflakes1 126 beatyouanytime 191 Hellocow Congratulations to our winners, Coach Chris You can watch the YouTube Livestream HERE Tournament Results: Halloween Blitz Extravaganza 1 Halloween Blitz ExtravaganzaContinue reading “Winners of the Halloween Blitz Chess Extravaganza!”

The Thrilling Conclusion of the 2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys

After the final round of the 2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys, there remained two-way ties for first place in four different sections. Rather than use computer generated tiebreaker scores, we let the children decide the matter themselves over a five minute game of blitz chess. Depending on the section, theseContinue reading “The Thrilling Conclusion of the 2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys”

2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: Blitz Championship Results

  SUSAN POLGAR FOUNDATION NATIONAL OPEN 2015: Blitz # Name Rtng Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Tot Prize 1 Cameron Wheeler 2383 W25 W3 W17 W16 W2 W4 6.0 1st Place 2 Aaron Grabinsky 2318 W29 W12 W5 W10 L1 W13 5.0 2nd Place 3 Joshua Grabinsky 1644Continue reading “2015 Susan Polgar Foundation’s National Open for Girls and Boys: Blitz Championship Results”

Velocity Chess Makes it Fun to be at Odds with One Another

Velocity Chess is a revolutionary new online chess platform that is making playing chess “at odds” cool again. Want to play a game against a chess master where he/she spots you a rook or a few minutes in a blitz game? Velocity Chess is the place for you. Setting up a game at odds hasContinue reading “Velocity Chess Makes it Fun to be at Odds with One Another”

Velocity Chess

  Are you tired of the suspicious lag and disconnects on Chess.com? Don’t want to pay to play like on the ICC? Has FICS not been stable enough to meet your needs? There is a new contender for the title of best online chess server. Meet Velocity Chess! On Velocity Chess you won’t have toContinue reading “Velocity Chess”

Crime and Punishment on the Chessboard (Tijuana Style!)

  Francisco Anchondo showed me another example of why players throughout Mexico revere his chess skills.   [Event “Blitz”] [Site “Tijuana, Mexico”] [Date “14.1.26”] [Round “”] [White “Anchondo, Francisco”] [Black “Morales, Juan”] [Result “”] [Eco “D00”] [Annotator “Chris Torres”] {[Blackmar-Diemer Gambit,D00]} 1.d4 d5 2.e4 {!} {Francisco is usually happy to gambit a couple pawns toContinue reading “Crime and Punishment on the Chessboard (Tijuana Style!)”

Teaching Chess Improves Chess Creativity

Last night after a long day teaching chess which culminated with a private lesson for chess prodigy Ben Rood, I came home and decided to relax by playing a couple blitz games on FICS. As usual, I won a couple and lost a couple. In the past I have noticed that I have more creative ways of handling routineContinue reading “Teaching Chess Improves Chess Creativity”

Chess Disappears from Market Street

Many large cities have a special place for chess enthusiasts to play outdoors. For example in Boston chess players play at Harvard Square. New Yorkers can always find a good chess game at Washington Square Park. For San Francisco, we used to play on Market Street near the Bart Station. Sadly, this San Francisco claim to fame has beenContinue reading “Chess Disappears from Market Street”