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Francisco Friday for 6/10/2022

When it comes to attacking in chess, the stronger, the faster and the more difficult to deal with, the better. In today’s game, attacking maestro Francisco Anchondo uses a well conducted early pawn storm to penetrate his opponent’s defenses with brute force. [Event “Casual Blitz game”] [Date “2022.03.12”] [White “Anonymous”] [Black “Francisco Anchondo”] [Result “0-1”]Continue reading “Francisco Friday for 6/10/2022”

The Menlo Park Chess Club

A couple of my friends have spoken very highly about the Menlo Park Chess Club which has been steadily growing since its launch in the Fall of 2021. On Wednesday evening I visited the club for the first time to see what all the excitement was about. Upon arriving, you will notice the serenity surroundingContinue reading “The Menlo Park Chess Club”

Francisco Friday for 6/3/2022

Popular with beginners who strictly follow the time honored opening principles they have been taught, The Four Knights Opening has a reputation of leading to a rather dull positional game. However, Francisco Anchondo makes a habit of taking an opening with a dull reputation and running it through a metaphoric knife sharpener until it canContinue reading “Francisco Friday for 6/3/2022”

Girls K-12 CalChess State Championship 2022

A friendly reminder that the 2022 Girls Calchess State Championship is this Saturday (June 4th). The Berkeley Chess School does a wonderful job organizing this prestigious event and I highly recommend that all the young ladies in the Northern California chess community consider attending. All participants will be broken into sections by school grade: Kindergarten-3rdContinue reading “Girls K-12 CalChess State Championship 2022”

IM Invitational Norm Tournament 2022 Standings

Mission 360 and Bay Area Chess have teamed up for another IM Norm Tournament in San Jose, California. These prestigious FIDE rated tournaments give much needed opportunities for California’s rising chess stars to earn internationally recognized chess titles. Below is the cross table after the fourth round.  As you can see, this event is talentContinue reading “IM Invitational Norm Tournament 2022 Standings”

Francisco Friday for 5/13/2022

Long established San Francisco Bay Area chess instructor Francisco Anchondo turns the tables on the Fried Liver Attack by using the good old Traxler Variation. [Event “Casual Blitz game”] [Date “2022.03.04”] [White “Anonymous”] [Black “Francisco Anchondo”] [Result “0-1”] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 Bc5 5.Nxf7 Bxf2+ 6.Kf1 Qe7 7.Nxh8 d5 8.exd5 Nd4 9.c3Continue reading “Francisco Friday for 5/13/2022”

Francisco Friday for 5/6/2022

Attacking maestro Francisco Anchondo had the black pieces in the chess game below. As for white, “Le fue como a los perros en misa.” [Event “Casual Blitz game”] [Date “2022.03.02”] [White “Anonymous”] [Black “Francisco Anchondo”] [Result “0-1”] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 f5 4.d3 Nf6 5.Qc2 Bc5 6.Be2 Bb6 7.Na3 a6 8.b4 d6 9.Bb2 f4Continue reading “Francisco Friday for 5/6/2022”

Chess Position Worth Sharing 142

Tonight I showed Werner Springe vs Hans Gebhardt, Munich 1927 to my chess students at Gomes Elementary School in Fremont, California. This game, played by relatively unknown players, is a delightful choice for a chess lesson. In the position below, black has just played pawn to h6 threatening white’s bishop. What is white’s best move?

Francisco Friday for 4/29/22

His name is Francisco Anchondo. If you sit at his chessboard, prepare to be checkmated! [Event “Casual Blitz game”] [Date “2022.02.28”] [White “Anonymous”] [Black “Francisco Anchondo”] [Result “0-1”] 1.e4 e5 2.d3 Bc5 3.Be2 d6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.h3 f5 6.exf5 Bxf5 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.Bg5 O-O 9.O-O Qd7 10.Nh2 Nd4 11.Bxf6 Rxf6 12.Bg4 Rg6 13.Ne4 Bb6 14.Ng3Continue reading “Francisco Friday for 4/29/22”

Photos from the 2022 CalChess Super State K-12 Championships 

The 2022 Super States wraps up with the K-12 (High School) sections of the 47th annual CalChess State Scholastic Chess Championships. Hats off to Bay Area Chess for organizing this series of tournaments in a safe and fun manner.  Enjoy the slide show with pictures from the event

Francisco Friday for 4/22/22

There’s not a lot of crossover between groups of chess and boxing aficionados despite the two activities sharing many similarities. For example, watching white’s queen movement at the end of this game brings to mind the famous Muhammad Ali quote, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Also, perhaps the best way to describeContinue reading “Francisco Friday for 4/22/22”

Don’t Miss Out on These Exciting FIDE Events from Mission 360 and Bay Area Chess!

Organizing a successful IM or GM norm chess tournament is no easy feat. During the planning and lead up there are lots of things that organizers need to pay attention to and keep track of. Whether it’s      sending invitations to foreign titled chess players, meeting all of FIDE’s technical requirements, calculating the requisiteContinue reading “Don’t Miss Out on These Exciting FIDE Events from Mission 360 and Bay Area Chess!”

The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 9

Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Opening ceremony: Wednesday Apr 6th, 6:30PM Round Time (tentative) for 6-day Round 1: Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Thursday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 3: Thursday, Apr 7, 5:30 PM Round 4: Friday, Apr 8, 11:30 AM Round 5: Friday, AprContinue reading “The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 9”

2022 CalChess Super State Championships K-8 Day 2

Photos from the Second Day of the 2022 CalChess Super State K-8 Championships The renewal of over the board chess was especially appreciated by the scholastic community at the CalChess Super State K-8 Championships, and it is easy to understand why. What’s not to like about watching hundreds of young people experiencing the greatness ofContinue reading “2022 CalChess Super State Championships K-8 Day 2”

Memories From the First Day of the 2022 CalChess Super State K-8 Championships 

Day 1 of the 47th annual CalChess State Scholastic Chess Championships (also known as the 2022 Super States) was a terrific experience full of chess memories. While the kids have all the fun of competing against the best chess players their age in Northern California, the adults have a memorable experience as well. One ofContinue reading Memories From the First Day of the 2022 CalChess Super State K-8 Championships 

2022 CalChess Super State Championships K-8 Day 1

Back in the Spring of 2020, the California scholastic chess community wondered if this day would ever come. Well here it is: the CalChess Super State K-8 Championships is occurring at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Over the board scholastic chess tournaments is back and it’s better than ever! Please enjoy a slideshow from theContinue reading “2022 CalChess Super State Championships K-8 Day 1”

Francisco Friday for 4/08/22

Even after the Queens leave the board, you still need to analyze all of the checks, captures and threats. In today’s episode of Francisco Friday, White castles as soon as possible but fails to see a check at Black’s disposal. San Francisco Bay Area chess coach Francisco Anchondo punishes this inaccuracy with a beautiful gameContinue reading “Francisco Friday for 4/08/22”

The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Standings

I am unable to broadcast all the rounds due to prior commitments, However, you can still watch along by going to: https://www.chess.com/events/2022-bayareachess-gm-im-norm-2 Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Opening ceremony: Wednesday Apr 6th, 6:30PM Round Time (tentative) for 6-day Round 1: Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Thursday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 3:Continue reading “The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Standings”

The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 2

Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Opening ceremony: Wednesday Apr 6th, 6:30PM Round Time (tentative) for 6-day Round 1: Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Thursday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 3: Thursday, Apr 7, 5:30 PM Round 4: Friday, Apr 8, 11:30 AM Round 5: Friday, AprContinue reading “The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 2”

The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 1

Opening ceremony: Friday Apr 1st, 6:30PM Round Time: Opening ceremony: Wednesday Apr 6th, 6:30PM Round Time (tentative) for 6-day Round 1: Wednesday, Apr 6, 7:00 PM https://www.twitch.tv/dailychessmusings https://www.youtube.com/c/DailyChessMusings Round 2: Thursday, Apr 7, 11:30 AM Round 3: Thursday, Apr 7, 5:30 PM Round 4: Friday, Apr 8, 11:30 AM Round 5: Friday, Apr 8, 5:30Continue reading “The Third Mission 360 Bay Area GM/IM Invitational Norm Tournament – Round 1”