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So I was just playing a game of #Chess and then this happened… 5

Black to move and mate in 3.     The complete game is a rather nifty Traxler Counter Attack(Wilkes-Barre) that ended up checkmating white’s Fried Liver dreams in just 13 moves!  

The Fried Morra Attack

  Sometimes in chess themes from one opening can directly apply to another seemingly unrelated system. Below is a game in which I tried to play a Smith-Morra Gambit but after black plays an early e5 the game takes on a Fried Liver flavor. Caution should be used when blending these two spicy openings togetherContinue reading “The Fried Morra Attack”

A Variation on a Theme by Morphy

Todays lesson examines the Morphy Variation of the Two Knights Defense (Fried Liver Attack.) Adi Kisieu is a talented young chess player from Oakland, California who, in this game, invented an interesting theoretical novelty on move 15 of a very frequently played opening. Unfortunately for his novelty, Adi used unfocused aggression and ended up giving his teacher a niceContinue reading “A Variation on a Theme by Morphy”

Fremont Chess Camp Miniature

Below is a fun example of the exciting chess played in Fremont, California. [Event “Fremont Summer Chess Camp”] [Site “Mission San Jose Elementary School”] [Date “2010.06.30”] [Round “?”] [White “Zhao, Luke”] [Black “Zhang, Joseph”] [Result “0-1”] [ECO “C57”] [Opening “Two Knights”] [Variation “Fritz Variation, Main Line”] [Comment “An example of the exciting chess played inContinue reading “Fremont Chess Camp Miniature”

Fremont Second Grader Wins at 2010 National Elementary Chess Championship

Second grader Ojas Arun played a very nice game in round three at the 2010 Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship. Ojas is another up and coming talent at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont, California.  [Event “National Elementary Chess Championship”] [Site “Atlanta, Georgia “] [Date “2010.05.08”] [Round “3”] [White “Arun, Ojas”] [Black “Paggart, Chandler”]Continue reading “Fremont Second Grader Wins at 2010 National Elementary Chess Championship”

Summer Chess Camp

   Today was the start of the TCAMA Summer Chess Camp at Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont.  So far we have over 30 students signed up for this three week camp. The camp which runs from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm features instruction from TCAMA chess coaches Joe Lonsadale, Tans Hylkema, and Chris Torres.Continue reading “Summer Chess Camp”