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    • Applying principles from other games in chess (and vice versa)

      In the excellent book "the art of learning" by Joshua Waitzkin Joshua explains how he used ideas that he originally learned in chess and applied them to the art of Tai Chi push hand competitions.  I have also done this in the vario... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Apr 10, 2008
      • | 432 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Warning when about to lose on time?

      I just lost another game on time.  This is what drives me nuts about chess.com.  I have lost a TON of my games on chess.com on time.   This recent game, there was no 8 hour warning that the game was about up on time.  On ... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Apr 6, 2008
      • | 670 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Changing my lesson rate from $15 to $10

        I am changing my lesson rate from $15 an hour to $10 an hour.  I used to get alot of people asking me about lessons, when I posted my rate as being $15 an hour, the interest seemed to die down.     Well now you can have... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Mar 19, 2008
      • | 1025 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Game from mansur's dream

      Here is an interesting game that I played.  Or at least, I played some of it.   The game started in my friend Mansur's dream.  He's a strong 2000+ player and I was playing him in his dream.  We played about 10 mov... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Mar 10, 2008
      • | 746 views
      • | 4 comments
    • The king's wanderlust

      I recently played a game in which my king - to my dismay - decided to go wandering to the other side of the board.  I couldn't stop him and even though I asked him to come back when he had the chance, he decided to keep going forwards. &n... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Mar 4, 2008
      • | 1044 views
      • | 7 comments
    • A successful tournament

      Today I had a good tournament result.  I went 4-0 to win the tournament, beating a 1300, 1500, and 2 1800 players.  My rating at the time was 1836 so now it ... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Mar 1, 2008
      • | 641 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Dogmatism in chess

        Today I would like to talk about a topic that I think is really important for any chess player to consider.  It goes far beyond chess.      Dogmatic thinking in chess goes way back.  For the most obvious e... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Feb 29, 2008
      • | 1311 views
      • | 9 comments
    • Just a game I played

      Grand prix attack goes down , sicilian fans rejoice Zenchess vs quickbolt     | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Feb 24, 2008
      • | 1484 views
      • | 12 comments
    • My first GM scalp!

      Today is a great day for me, for I have finally beat a GM in an even game.   It was a 5 0 (5 minute game with 0 second increment) game.   I was rated about 2000 at the... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Feb 23, 2008
      • | 1137 views
      • | 15 comments
    • Collecting data

      At various times in my chess progress I have felt as if I was at a wall.  I was beating higher-rated players, yet sometimes losing to players that I should beat consistently.    I've taken a more analytical approach to discoveri... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Feb 19, 2008
      • | 1030 views
      • | 9 comments