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    • A lallapalooza of a tactics puzzle -- It's a doozie

      Okay, now when I say Doozie, of course I mean for someone who is my level.   It's a bit tricky, however, so don't underestimate it.   This is thanks to Gunners2004.  A born teacher, "Guns" knows I love tactics and will send me one from time ... | Read More

    • Lunchtime toddling tactics -- Cool mating pattern!

      I've gotten into a habit of late of practicing tactics at lunchtime.  Sometimes I totally bomb and other days, I do well.  This was one of those in between days but I came across a nifty little tactics puzzle that very nicely demonstrates a snea... | Read More

    • Another tactic from the Tactics Toddler

      I'm working on it -- I'm trying to go from a tatics toddler to a tactics teenybopper...... At any rate, another lovely little tactic that I saw on chesstempo.com.  It involves one of my favorite moves.  It had a "blitz" tactic rating of 1617 and... | Read More

    • A nice little tactic

      From a game I had with one of my favorite opponents, KSKonge, my teammate.  I wasn't doing too well in this game but then I spotted a nice little tactic.  You strong players should see it pretty easily.  It's not spectacular.  But it's a nice... | Read More

    • That age old question -- Should I resign?

      If you've been hanging around in the forums at all, it's certainly not uncommon to find a forum regarding whether or not to resign.   It's a raging war, it seems, with folks on either one side of the coin or the other.   Many say that you should... | Read More

    • Mate in one puzzle

      I found a very nice puzzle on a puzzle site.  Allow me to share it.  I DID get it..... it involves one of my favorite moves.  | Read More

    • "We could use some endgame practice"

      Agggghhhhhh!! My opponent told me that he almost resigned several times but didn't because "we could both use some endgame practice" that is just too close to the truth as will be demonstrated in just a moment.   My end games SUCK!! We have t... | Read More

    • GO Swiss Round 4 - And sometimes, it clicks

      Okay, so here we go, round 4.  After last week's VERY exciting game, I was pumped.   I was hoping to prep this week but upon looking at my opponent's games and trying to do my homework, I discovered that I had no earthly idea what my opponent wo... | Read More

    • GO Swiss Round 3 -- Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory!

      Dedicated to Lumper who gave me the snappy title!!!!   Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory:  Uh... shouldn't that be the other way around? Well, it would be if my OPPONENT was doing the blog. Unfortunately, it's ME that's doing it!   ... | Read More

    • Op Ed -- The best way to learn

      "Any fool can know.  The point is to understand."  Albert Eintstein.   I recently came across a post in the notes of the DHLC (Dan Heisman Learning Center) where a member questioned the usefulness of a particular form of training.  Some memb... | Read More