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”
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”
White to move and win! (H. Rinck, Deutche Schachzeitung, 1912)
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
I especially enjoy chess puzzles that are more complicated than they seem at first. Here is a simple looking mate in 2. Not so simple.
At first glance, it appears as though white is in serious trouble. However, with precise play white can achieve a draw. White to play and draw (Lolli – Amateur, 1763).
What is White’s best move?
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”
What is black’s best move?
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”
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
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
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?”
Puzzle composed by Abu’n-Na’Am
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.”