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So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 49

Inspired by the Tarrasch vs Romberg game I previously posted, my own game against a student in Foster City, California is one of my best efforts in recent times. After a long time thinking about how best to respond to 10… Ba6, I am proud to have planned a most effective and epic journey forContinue reading “So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 49”

Chess Photos from the 2022-23 CalChess Grade Level Championship

I had a blast attending the 2022-23 CalChess Grade Level Championship hosted by Bay Area Chess. From the enthusiasm of the young competitors to getting to hear from many fans of my Daily Chess Musings YouTube Channel, I could not have ask for a better way to spend my birthday weekend. I look forward toContinue reading “Chess Photos from the 2022-23 CalChess Grade Level Championship”

Birthday Simul 2022 + Special Emory Tate Chess Lesson

As is my annual tradition, I took an opportunity to play several young chess players in a simultaneous exhibition to celebrate my birthday. This year’s Birthday Simul took place on December 20th (not December 18th) so as not to conflict with The Calchess Grade Level Championships which took place on my actual birthday. The eventContinue reading “Birthday Simul 2022 + Special Emory Tate Chess Lesson”

Chess Memories of Birthdays Past

When I was a younger man, I didn’t need to take a day off to rest on my birthday (December 18th). I much preferred going to work, which for most of my adult life, means playing chess with young people. I turned 35 on December 18th 2012 and went to my after school chess classContinue reading “Chess Memories of Birthdays Past”

Viewer Requests: Position of the Week 2

This week’s submission comes from a student in Fremont California and deals with the age old question of which is better, a queen or two rooks. Generally a queen is stronger against uncoordinated rooks and especially so with pawns on both sides of the board. However, in our feature position, black’s rooks are already workingContinue reading “Viewer Requests: Position of the Week 2”

Viewer Requests: Position of the Week 1

Chess Dad & Coach Arun from Fremont California asked me to break this complex endgame down for his students. Watch below to see how this position plays out.

Best Educational Chess Lesson

Awarded by Chess Journalist of America I am deeply honored and humbled to have been selected to receive the Chess Journalists of America’s Best Educational Lesson award. It was especially meaningful to receive this award for A Night at the Opera. The very first time I showed this game to a class, I put aContinue reading “Best Educational Chess Lesson”

So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 47

A mate in 7 can seem daunting but they aren’t always difficult to solve. Technically the position below is indeed a mate in 7 for white, but that’s only because black can throw pieces away blocking the first check to extend the game unnecessarily. So, in the actual game, I checkmated in just five moves.Continue reading “So I was just playing a game of #chess and then this happened! 47”

August Summer Camp Friday 8/12/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “August Summer Camp Friday 8/12/2022”

August Summer Camp Thursday 8/11/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “August Summer Camp Thursday 8/11/2022”

August Summer Camp Wednesday 8/10/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “August Summer Camp Wednesday 8/10/2022”

August Summer Camp Tuesday 8/9/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “August Summer Camp Tuesday 8/9/2022”

August Summer Camp Monday 8/8/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “August Summer Camp Monday 8/8/2022”

Day 5 of the June Summer Chess Camp

Two of my good friends helped to finish the June Free Online Chess Camp in style. Francisco Anchondo did a special live lesson detailing three of his favorite opening traps. Lauren Goodkind then finished up her week of incredibly educational afternoon lessons. After rewatching both segments, I feel so fortunate to be good friends withContinue reading “Day 5 of the June Summer Chess Camp”

June Summer Camp Friday 6/17/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “June Summer Camp Friday 6/17/2022”

Day 4 of the June Summer Chess Camp

Day four of June’s Free Online Summer Chess Camp was nothing short of incredible. Grandmaster Mackenzie Molner stopped by to show the Daily Chess Musings’ a community a chess game where GM Gregory Serper sacrificed all of his pieces in route to an amazing win over an International Master. After the day’s chess tournament, chessContinue reading “Day 4 of the June Summer Chess Camp”

June Summer Camp Thursday 6/16/2022

Thank you for joining us today. Please remember to click on both the links for “JOIN TOURNAMENT” in your group assignments every day to join the tournaments. If you do not join them in advance then you cannot play. Be sure to pay attention after you finish your first game because the next round begins rightContinue reading “June Summer Camp Thursday 6/16/2022”

Day 3 of the June Summer Chess Camp

FIDE Master Kevin Pan was our special guest on Day 3 of the Daily Chess Musings Free Online Summer Chess Camp for June 2022. Students who participated were treated to Kevin’s insights into two of his key victories. As per usual, Lauren Goodkind finished the day off with yet another incredible chess lesson. If youContinue reading “Day 3 of the June Summer Chess Camp”

Day 2 of the June Summer Chess Camp

Both players and coaches had an amazing time learning more about chess during day 2 of The June 2022 Free Online Summer Chess Camp. The day started with a morning message and an opportunity for campers to play Coach Tortoise. In the afternoon, chess instructor Lauren Goodkind stopped by with a well prepared chess lessonContinue reading “Day 2 of the June Summer Chess Camp”