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    • How I won the 2015 US Amateur West Chess Championship

        Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 to 25, I traveled to Tucson, Arizona to compete in the US Amateur West chess championship. The year before, I had won the senior prize. I blundered a Rook in round 2 and couldn't recover to play the eventual winner... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Jun 11, 2015
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      • | 26 comments
    • Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 14

      I thought I would share a game of mine in parts. Let you predict my moves. This game was played in the US Amateur Championship in Tucson, AZ last May. My opponent is a young teen who was rated 1700 and is  already over 1900 to date. I'm hoping he... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Mar 2, 2015
      • | 3736 views
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    • Best groups to join for your chess improvement

      No matter how much you study chess, you wil not reach your goals of improvement unless you get out and play. The following groups fill this need, and two of them provide proven and free coaching resources from myself and NM Dan Heisman, one of Ame... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Feb 28, 2015
      • | 1550 views
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    • Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 13

      Sorry I took so long following up to my last blog. I got sick with the flu right after I said I would update and once I recovered, I have been teaching chess pretty much non-stop.    Meanwhile, my video lessons groups is quickly approaching 10... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Feb 26, 2015
      • | 1571 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 12

      Today I will discuss opening preparation. If you study a lot of theory, you can gain often get a comfortable game. If you're willing to try a less popular variation, you could catch an opponent by surprise. I have more examples of this in blogs to... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Jan 8, 2015
      • | 2892 views
      • | 32 comments
    • Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 11

      Sorry for delay ingetting the next part posted. Been extremely busy with a flock of new online students, etc.   Before I show the solution to the last puzzle I gave, I just want to remind everyone about my video lessons group. For nearly 3 year... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Jan 6, 2015
      • | 2509 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 10

      As my video lesson 001 points out, you can immprove your game by analyzing it afterwards. I have several hundred game analysis videos on my playlists, you will learn a lot by watching those. I was digging through my old games and found one from 1... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Dec 2, 2014
      • | 4006 views
      • | 24 comments
    • Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 9

      For those new to this series, feel free to check out my blog and see the first 8 parts. My mission for the last 2.5 years has been to teach you to teach yourself how to become a chess master. My YouTube videos show you how. This blog series is to ... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Nov 19, 2014
      • | 1598 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 8

      Last time, I left of with this position, and I offer the concluding moves as the game was quickly drawn. The draw helped my team win the match, but there were some potential winning chances here for me.   My video lesson 001 teaches you imp... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Nov 17, 2014
      • | 1535 views
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    • Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 7

      Today I want to discuss instinct in chess, at least how I apply it. This example will endeavor to show how I applied it in a given postion back in 1987. I'll let you in on a little secret. I rarely calculate continuations in positions beyond keepi... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Nov 15, 2014
      • | 1617 views
      • | 8 comments