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Sam Copeland's Blog

Just a guy who likes a good game of chess and plays a mediocre game of chess Smile


    • Tournament Adventures: US Masters

      It is a rare pleasure to play in a well organized tournament and innovative tournament. So many touranments feel homogeneous these days. The US Masters was run by an outstanding team of organizers and TDs; special thanks to Walter High and Gary Ne... | Read More

    • Live Problem Solving: The Best Move #62, 63, 64, 65, 66

      Due to travels and tournaments, I haven't posted any new problem solving videos from the book "The Best Move" in awhile, but I finally found time to post 5 new ones over this last week. I tried a new video recording format that includes my clumsy ... | Read More

    • Tournament Adventures: Columbia Open and Breaking 2300

      It's been a while since I've been able to post. Fortunately, the reason is that I've simply been too busy playing chess  This past weekend (August 15th-17th) I had the pleasure of playing in the Columbia Open run by the Columbia Chess Club (www.... | Read More

    • What's your most painful blunder?

      Chess can be the cruelest of games. I was just reading a book on backgammon by the two time world champion, Bill Robertie. In the book, Robertie spent some time commending an excellent play that had backfired in the game. He noted that in backgamm... | Read More

    • A Little Inspiration #2: FINISH HIM!

      It is a wonderful time to be a chess fan. It has never been easier to follow so much of the wonderful chess that is being played daily around the world  I've particularly enjoyed many of the fine games from the ongoing Politiken Cup (I highly re... | Read More

    • A Little Inspiration #1: Sacrificial Slow Burn

      It can be easy to get into a rut with chess (or any hobby). When you are playing, coaching, or training alot, one can begin to feel burned out, and it can be hard to enjoy chess. My own antidote is to try to find something new that inspires me in ... | Read More

    • Book Review: Mating the Castled King by Danny Gormally (Ebook)

      NOTE: This review is part of a three part series reviewing the Forward Chess app for chess ebooks, this book, and Techniques of Positional Play by Bronznik and Terekhin. Forward Chess Review Techniques of Positional Play Review Mating the Castl... | Read More

    • App Review: Forward Chess

      NOTE: This review was done using Forward Chess version 1.3.3 on a Nexus 10 running Android 4.4.4. NOTE: This review was based on my experiences with the ebook versions of Mating the Castled King by GM Danny Gormally and Techniques of Positional P... | Read More

    • Book Review: Techniques of Positional Play by Bronznik and Terekhin (Ebook)

      NOTE: This review is part of a three part series reviewing the Forward Chess app for chess ebooks, this book, and Mating the Castled King by GM Danny Gormally. Forward Chess Review Mating the Castled King Review Introduction I love chess books... | Read More

    • The Best Linux Apps for Chess

      NOTE: I may update this post as apps add features or I learn of better alternatives. Feel free to send me suggestions to try! Also, many of these programs are free, but accept donations. If you can, consider donating to the projects you use  I h... | Read More