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#Chess Position Worth Sharing 132

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 whenContinue reading “#Chess Position Worth Sharing 132”

The Importance of Setting Lofty Goals in Chess

One of my most successful coaching techniques is encouraging my chess students to set lofty goals for themselves. Together we break these goals into attainable steps and utilize achievement markers to show progress. Of course, certain levels of chess expertise are not achievable for everyone and if they were, chess would be obsolete. For instance,Continue reading “The Importance of Setting Lofty Goals in Chess”

Do chess playing children perform better in school? | ChessBase

The main finding was, “chess training reduces the treatment group’s level of risk aversion almost a year after the intervention ended.” Being more willing to take risks is generally a good thing in the world of academia, business, and social life. — Read on en.chessbase.com/post/do-chess-playing-children-perform-better-in-school

Puzzle Worthy Position 18

Easy puzzle tonight from a fun victory. What is white’s best move? Complete game: [Event “SocialChess”] [Site “Internet”] [Date “2016.05.03”] [Round “-“] [White “Chris Torres”] [Black “okun’ok (1574)”] [Result “1-0”]  1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. Nc3 O-O 5. d3 Nc6 6. Bg5 h6 7. h4 hxg5 8. hxg5 Nh7 9.Continue reading “Puzzle Worthy Position 18”

It’s Your Move: daily chess puzzle # 157

Examine all biffs yet again works. 1…Bf2+! wins a pawn after 2 Qf2 Qc4; so instead 2 Kf2, when 2…Qc5+ 3 Kf1 Ng4! and the threat of 4…Nh2 mate means that White can’t move his Bc4, so that Ne3+ next move captures it. Or 2….Ng4+ is probably stronger, with 3 Kg1 being met by 3…Qc5+Continue reading “It’s Your Move: daily chess puzzle # 157”

It’s Your Move: daily chess puzzle # 153

Finding that nothing ‘clicked’ after 1 Nf6+, my first thoughts were to exploit Black’s near zugzwang, improve the rooks, and then ‘do something’. But I couldn’t see what to do here either, until, back to ever reliable Examine All Biffs, I saw 1 Na5! and its point…. Read the full article via http://ift.tt/1NIg672

Efficacy of chess training for the treatment of ADHD: A prospective, open label study.

   OBJECTIVE: To examine the effectiveness of playing chess as a treatment option for children with ADHD. METHODS: Parents of 44 children ages 6 to 17 with a primary diagnosis of ADHD consented to take part in the study…. Read the full article via http://ift.tt/1HcSncP

A Question for Chess Composers?

My question to fellow chess composers is, “What is the preferred method of determining whether a chess composition is unique or if the composer has unintentionally duplicated someone else’s creation?“ As an example, I am including a position I recently composed to test my students at the Fremont Summer Chess Camp. As far as IContinue reading “A Question for Chess Composers?”

Chris Torres: A Chess Coach, a Music Teacher, and an Advocate for Quality Education.

Chris Torres has been successfully managing and creating school chess programs for his entire adult life. His most recognized accomplishments include the co-founding of Success Chess Schools, the creation of the Torres Chess and Music Academy and consistently coaching the best young chess players in California for 15 years. Chris found himself drawn into chessContinue reading “Chris Torres: A Chess Coach, a Music Teacher, and an Advocate for Quality Education.”