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    • My Brilliancy Prize win from 1990 US Amateur Team Championship West

      Back in February 1990, I briefly had a 2300+ rating and was drafted into a team with a high average rating, 2195 for the US Amateur Team Championship West.. We also had a gimmick to try for the best promotional prize, we would dress up as the Fo... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Oct 10, 2014
      • | 1066 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Tournament players: Determine your playing strength from your results!

      What is your rating and how strong do you think you are? Read on and I'll show you how to decide this.   We know ratings measure your playing strength, but do you belong at your current rating or are you underrated? For USCF members, your ratin... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Oct 6, 2014
      • | 1412 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Wanted! Titled players to give Simulataneouses!

      My video lessons group is the 3rd largest on chess.com with over 8,300 members. One nice feature we offer is a number of titled players who graciously offer to give simuls to our members. We are looking for more! It's a great way to get more expos... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Jul 12, 2014
      • | 1395 views
      • | 9 comments
    • Video blog: Free simuls by NM part 7

      Would you like to play a long game, 90 30, against a titled player, and see a video where I explain exactly what I was thinking about when I selected my moves? Well, you can, and it's all free. Long games are a great way to improve your play and y... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | May 7, 2014
      • | 1347 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Video blog: Free simuls by NM part 6

      Would you like to play a long game, 90 30, against a titled player, and see a video where I explain exactly what I was thinking about when I selected my moves? Well, you can, and it's all free. Long games are a great way to improve your play and y... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | May 6, 2014
      • | 631 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Video blog: Free simuls by NM part 5

      Would you like to play a long game, 90 30, against a titled player, and see a video where I explain exactly what I was thinking about when I selected my moves? Well, you can, and it's all free. Long games are a great way to improve your play and y... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | May 3, 2014
      • | 759 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Video blog: Free simuls by NM part 4

      Would you like to play a long game, 90 30, against a titled player, and see a video where I explain exactly what I was thinking about when I selected my moves? Well, you can, and it's all free. Long games are a great way to improve your play and y... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | May 1, 2014
      • | 940 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Video blog: Free simuls by NM part 3

      Would you like to play a long game, 90 30, against a titled player, and see a video where I explain exactly what I was thinking about when I selected my moves? Well, you can, and it's all free. Long games are a great way to improve your play and y... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Apr 29, 2014
      • | 684 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Video blog: Free simuls by NM part 2

      Here is the second installment, played a couple weeks ago. I'm extrmely busy and catching up. So far, everyone who has been online when I give a simul has gotten a game. You are never removed from the waiting list.   Would you like to play a lo... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Apr 21, 2014
      • | 594 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Video blog: Free simuls by NM part 1

      Would you like to play a long game, 90 30, against a titled player, and see a video where I explain exactly what I was thinking about when I selected my moves? Well, you can, and it's all free. Long games are a great way to improve your play and y... | Read More

      • NM aww-rats
      • | Apr 14, 2014
      • | 1266 views
      • | 4 comments