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    • Exercise Set 2: Win, Lose, or Draw? Part 2

      I created this set of 14 problems.  The goal is simply to answer whether a position is a win for white, a win for black, or if it should be a draw: Link to problem set I do not plan on posting the answer key.  Feel free to send me a message if... | Read More

      • kevingong
      • | Mar 31, 2014
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    • Exercise Set: Win, Lose, or Draw?

      I created this set of 30 problems.  The goal is simply to answer whether a position is a win for white, a win for black, or if it should be a draw: Link to problem set Most of them are endgame positions, and most of them are fairly simple.  I ... | Read More

      • kevingong
      • | Mar 25, 2014
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    • Chess Videos: KQ vs. KB, and Scholastic Game Analyzed

      It's been a while since I created a chess video.  I recently created two of them.  Hope you like them.     | Read More

      • kevingong
      • | Dec 6, 2013
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    • Jared Bughouse - Bughouse with only 2 players

      My 7 year old son, Jared, created this game which I’ll call Jared Bughouse.  Well, I helped him refine the rules a little, but the basic idea is his.I decided I’d share the game in a blog entry so others can enjoy it.  Without further ado, h... | Read More

      • kevingong
      • | Nov 25, 2013
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    • Winning Doesn't Suck (My Games of the 2012 US National G/30 Championship)

      What a difference a year makes.  Yesterday, I played in the 2012 US National G/30 Championship. For those of you who read my blog (all 5 of you), you know that last year I played in the 2011 US National G/30 Championship and had a horrendous 0/5... | Read More

      • kevingong
      • | Oct 28, 2012
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    • Simul

      Earlier this week I played a simul against 14 kids, mostly first graders, at my son's school chess club.  This was by far the most people I've ever played at once.  If I recall, the only other simul I played was against 4 kids in high school (I ... | Read More

      • kevingong
      • | May 25, 2012
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    • Chess Tutorial Video: Two Bishop Mate

        I made another video, a tutorial video on checkmate with King and two bishops vs. King. Click here to watch the video. Feel free to let me know what videos you'd like to see in the future. | Read More

      • kevingong
      • | Feb 6, 2012
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    • Losing Sucks (My Games of the US National G/30 Championship)

      Two weeks ago, I played in the US National G/30 Championship held in Santa Clara, California.  These were my first USCF-rated games since a quick-rated quad in 1998, and my first standard-rated games since a quad in 1993.  But really, I have... | Read More

      • kevingong
      • | Oct 16, 2011
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    • More on d4-Nc3-Bf4

      In a previous blog post, I described a trap arising after my standard opening as white, which begins with the moves 1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bf4. In that blog post, I described a trap which beginning players may fall into, but there are many other ... | Read More

      • kevingong
      • | Jun 21, 2010
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    • Chess Tactics Video: Pins

      I made another videos, a short video on pins.  It's pretty basic stuff, geared toward beginning players. Click here to watch the video. Feel free to let me know what videos you'd like to see in the future. | Read More

      • kevingong
      • | Jun 21, 2010
      • | 1190 views
      • | 2 comments