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    • Iowa Chess.com Meet-Up ... Round 2

      I am showing off my Round 2 game against Merlin-Pendragon. I made the mistake of playing too passively, and the fearless leader of Team Iowa played a great game taking advantage of my mistakes. Hats off, Merlin! | Read More

    • Drawing on a Clean Slate

      A new student of mine is a dad of two. The older, his 7 year old, has recently discovered chess at school and was telling him about the pieces and how it works. That was all the motivation he needed to start learning this game. It is very humbling... | Read More

    • Recent game 10|0

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    • Designing the World Chess Championship

      While the World Chess Championship has come and gone, with a somewhat controversial ending to an otherwise fantastic event, many will quickly forget about all the work that goes into this type of production.  It was held at London's Institute of ... | Read More

    • Published Chess Articles

      2/6/2012 - Becoming a Chess Coach - wholesalechess.com 10/27/2009 - A Chess Beginner's Guide: From a Beginner's Perspective - wholesalechess.com | Read More

    • New Players & Predicting your Opponent's Plan

      Written to help a friend analyze a game.  Game is heavily notated.  Thinking from black's perspective. | Read More

    • Playing Hank Anzis

      This holiday was great.  It was my first Thanksgiving with my amazing girlfriend Jaime & her family.  I also had the chance to squeak in a little chess with an Iowa Chess LEGEND, Hank Anzis.  For those of you who don't know him, Hank is the... | Read More

    • Nathan's First Game

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    • David vs. Goliath - How Do You Slay a Giant?

      (Artwork entitled "David and Goliath" by nDurlie - used with permission.  Check her out on Deviant Art!  Thanks nDurlie!!)- - - - - - - - - - I'm getting better every day, and see that the more improvement I make, the easier it is to play p... | Read More

    • My Pieces are More Powerful than Your Pieces

      Do you have that one friend who ALWAYS beats you in chess?  How is that even possible?  I've got a secret for you:  Their pieces are worth more than yours.Look across the board...  they have the same 8 pawns staring back at you.  Their queen ... | Read More