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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

    • Tutorial - The Free TD Software Vega

      I recently created a YouTube tutorial for new or aspiring tournament directors using the free tournament direction software, Vega. The tutorial is included at the bottom of this post, and you may also watch it directly via my youtube channel linke... | Read More

    • An Interview with Dr. Ken Regan, IM and Anti-Cheating Expert

      Dr. and IM Ken Regan was kind enough to sit down with me over the summer for an interview. We discussed his research and perspectives as they relate to topics such as computers, cheating, and performance in chess. Unfortunately, due to a hectic mo... | Read More

    • How to Update Your USCF E-mail Preferences

      I am always grateful to the many wonderful people who have contributed to the USCF. Every interaction I have had with a representative of the USCF has been helpful and positive. Thanks to all who volunteer for or are employees of the USCF! Despit... | Read More

    • Inspiration #3: King Walking

      Everyone loves a king walk  Of course, it's well known that the king's value and efficacy increases in the endgame; thus king walks are more common and effective in the endgame. This is demonstrated beautifully in two recent games that I liked v... | Read More

    • 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