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Correspondence Chess is Making News!

The Associated Press has a piece about the Daily Chess Musings Rated Correspondence Chess Pyramid. The article entitled, “Taking Time for Correspondence Chess in a Fast-Paced World” details the history of correspondence chess leading up to our US Chess rated correspondence chess tournament on chess.com. Here is a screenshot of the feature article. If youContinue reading “Correspondence Chess is Making News!”

Lots of Chess Fun in August

Summer Vacation may be coming to a close, but we have a lot of fun activities in store for the final days of break. Coming up in just the next couple of weeks, we have the inaugural Daily Chess Musings Summer Games and our Free Online Summer Chess Camp for the month of August! TheContinue reading “Lots of Chess Fun in August”

All Chess Masters Are Stoic

Not all stoics are chess players, but all chess masters are stoic. Knights who sacrifice themselves, contemplating truth, baring their brains among the scholars of war. Burning neurons like Tal’s cigarettes. Quiet! Listen to the whispering eyes in the room evaluate them. Their positions busting along with their hearts. Watch them! Staring with disillusion atContinue reading “All Chess Masters Are Stoic”

Winning Chess Moves: Bronstein vs Geller, 1961

There have been many great chess players over the years, but only a small percentage of them manage to captivate the public imagination and receive considerable mainstream attention at any given time. David Bronstein never became a world champion, but there’s no denying that at the height of his career, he frequently captivated imaginations whileContinue reading “Winning Chess Moves: Bronstein vs Geller, 1961”

My Quora Answer to: Is there a shortcut for becoming really good in chess?

Under the best of circumstances, becoming really good in chess is a serious endeavor that takes a considerable amount of time. Millions of individuals like playing chess, but only a few can master the game. What is the reason for this? Chess is, simply said, one of the most complicated games ever devised. Despite theContinue reading “My Quora Answer to: Is there a shortcut for becoming really good in chess?”

TACTICAL PYROTECHNICS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Sunday July 4, 2021. For those of us in America, the Fourth of July is Independence Day.  But, since this is a chess musing, rather than talk about Uncle Sam I will be presenting a chess game played byContinue reading “TACTICAL PYROTECHNICS FOR THE 4TH OF JULY”

Joseph Norman Cotter (June 25, 1929 – May 23, 2021)

It is with great sadness that I am sharing the news that Joseph Norman Cotter passed away on May 23 at the age of 91. Mr. Cotter was a chess player, educator and friend whom I met during our shared adventures in the 2006 USCF Golden Knights correspondence chess tournament. During our game, Norman spokeContinue reading “Joseph Norman Cotter (June 25, 1929 – May 23, 2021)”

Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 58

When you think about it, our whole life is about solving puzzles. Chess problems are similar to life problems in that solving the puzzle requires careful thought and that through practice, we can improve our ability to quickly find the best solution. So enjoy our daily chess puzzles and smile knowing that by doing soContinue reading “Betcha Can’t Solve This #Chess Puzzle! 58”

#Chess Position Worth Sharing 135

Emmanuel Lasker offered the famous advice, “When you see a good move, look for a better one.” Today’s position easily lends itself to this exercise in chess thought. First, find the obvious good move. Then, try and find the best continuation.

#Chess Position Worth Sharing 134

White to move and mate in 5 (from Yuri Averbakh vs. Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush, 1963).

GM Yuri Averbakh is Checkmating Covid

At age 99, Yuri Averbakh has spent the better part of of his life checkmating opponents but off the board, it appears that he used his famous chess stubbornness to checkmate COVID.

Tournament Report for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic

On May 22, The Eade Foundation Spring Scholastic Chess Classic took place online. This prestigious event attracted many of the top youth chess players from around the United States and Canada. The tournament which was organized by Chris Torres of https://dailychessmusings.com and directed by Jay Stallings of https://chesshootz.com was a well-run 5 round rapid playContinue reading “Tournament Report for The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic”

The Golden Ticket for an Iconic Summer Chess Experience

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Saturday, June 12, 2021. Yesterday, I saw advertisements for ten or so summer chess camps just by perusing through my Facebook feed. Of course, every chess camp claimed to be great, but in reality, very few can prove toContinue reading “The Golden Ticket for an Iconic Summer Chess Experience”

The Road to Chess Excellence

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Wednesday, June 8, 2021. For many, the road to chess excellence is elusive. Perhaps a superbly talented chess player lacks the motivation necessary to succeed. Others may have motivation but lack focus. The final ingredient is commitment and itContinue reading “The Road to Chess Excellence”

Learning to Laugh at your Worst Chess Mistakes

Chess is a demanding game. For many of us, the game represents a never-ending sequence of challenges. We grow fixated on losses, obsessing over every imperfection in our play, agonizing about the missed opportunities and how we destroyed our rating. In this way, we hold ourselves to unrealistic, if not humanly impossible, expectations. Give yourselfContinue reading “Learning to Laugh at your Worst Chess Mistakes”

FTX CRYPTO CUP PRELIMINARY ROUNDS

Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres and this is my daily chess musing for Wednesday, May 26, 2021. The FTX Crypto Cup is a high-level online bitcoin chess tournament and holds a record prize pot for an online tournament of $320,000. As you have probably heard, this is one of the strongest lineupsContinue reading “FTX CRYPTO CUP PRELIMINARY ROUNDS”

Registration for “The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic” Ends Today

Don’t let time expire on your chance to play in the The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic on Saturday, May 22. EVENT OVERVIEW MAY 22: Inaugural Eade Foundation Spring Scholastic Chess Classic 5SS, G/15+10 (Game in 15 with 10 second increment) on Tornelo.com Sections: In 4 sections Grades K-1, 2-5, 6-8, 9-12 TIME CONTROLS:Continue reading “Registration for “The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic” Ends Today”

#Chess Position Worth Sharing 133

Tonight I finished a long day of teaching chess by presenting an absolutely superb mating combination played by the first World Chess Champion. A brilliant positional player, particularly in his later years, Wilhelm Steinitz rose to prominence in the mid-nineteenth century as a dangerous attacker in the romantic style of chess that had been popularisedContinue reading “#Chess Position Worth Sharing 133”

Play Chess for a Great Cause

It’s always nice when you can help others while you are also helping yourself. By playing chess in The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic Chess Classic you will be helping The Eade Foundation promote chess literacy and excellence to communities that otherwise would miss out on the benefits of chess. The Eade Foundation’s Spring Scholastic ChessContinue reading “Play Chess for a Great Cause”