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A Learning Moment

Chess is full of opportunities to learn from mistakes. There may be no take-backs in chess and also life for that matter. But as chess players, it is critically important to be honest with ourselves when we make mistakes so that we can improve both as a player and a person.  Yesterday I published anContinue reading “A Learning Moment”

Chess Chat: Q&A with Sofia Doroshenko, Female Captain of the Leyden Chess Team in Illinois

Daily Chess Club Member Sofia Doroshenko hails from Chicago and is currently an 18-year-old senior in high school who hopes to major in English. Sofia plans to achieve a Woman Candidate Master title to help increase outreach in under-resourced communities and further the movement to improve chess literacy and excellence amongst women. This title willContinue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A with Sofia Doroshenko, Female Captain of the Leyden Chess Team in Illinois”

Winning Chess Moves

Today’s position comes from round 10 of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship. IM Anna Zatonskih (White) has just erred with 30. Qe1. How does seventeen-year-old Jennifer Yu (Black) punish Anna’s mistake to win the game and the U.S. Women’s Championship?

Chess Chat: Q&A with Jessica Lauser, U.S. Blind Champion

Jessica Lauser hails from Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area, and has been an avid participant in tournament chess, both there and elsewhere, for a number of years, playing 175 rated events throughout the country, so far. A graduate, in History, from San Francisco State University, Jessica worked for the Internal Revenue Service—last year—and nowContinue reading “Chess Chat: Q&A with Jessica Lauser, U.S. Blind Champion”

Women’s World Chess Championship 2011: Round 2

The struggle continued in Tirana, Albania with Hou Yifan and Koneru Humpy playing to a second draw in as many rounds. In round two, Koneru Humpy was once again on the attack but Hou Yifan was able to simplify into an early endgame. Even when the position looked equal, Koneru Humpy tried in vain toContinue reading “Women’s World Chess Championship 2011: Round 2”

Women’s World Chess Championship 2011: Round 1

Game one of the 2011 Women’s World Chess Championship concluded in a draw. Koneru Humpy played the Catalan with the white pieces and demonstrated a great understanding of a Catalan middle game. Hou Yifan blunted Humpy’s attack by sacrificing a pawn at the perfect moment to reach an endgame she could play into a draw.Continue reading “Women’s World Chess Championship 2011: Round 1”

Women’s World Chess Championship 2011

The 2011 Women’s World Chess Championship is taking place from November 14 – 30 in Tirana, Albania. 17-year-old Grandmaster Hou Yifan of China is defending her title against Grandmaster Koneru Humpy of India. The winner of this ten game match will be the first woman to reach 5.5 points and the new Women’s World ChessContinue reading “Women’s World Chess Championship 2011”