Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com The Ohio Masters (Open Invitation!)As many of you know I have complained in the past about the state of chess in the US and now, with the support of the Dayton Chess Club, I have helped organize what I consider to be the ultimate chess tournament format (minus corporate sponsorship...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/the-ohio-masters-open-invitationTue, 15 Apr 2014 08:40:01 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/the-ohio-masters-open-invitationTHINGS YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT US CHESS1. A chess federation that actually worked to create a sponsored profesional circuit rather than just selling memberships /magazine subscriptions and promoting lucrative scholastic events. 2. A fair tournament qualifcation process for the US Ch...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/top-ten-things-you-would-change-about-us-chessFri, 28 Mar 2014 09:15:37 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/top-ten-things-you-would-change-about-us-chessRigging Tournaments for Norms ?Columbus Ohio, CCL IM Norm Round Robin. The first norm (Internationl Master requirement) tournament in central Ohio history and the second such event in the state is currently taking place from  Febuary 14th-18th. This a closed 10 player even...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/should-norm-hunters-be-allowed-to-play-against-their-coachesSat, 15 Feb 2014 07:46:12 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/should-norm-hunters-be-allowed-to-play-against-their-coachesUsing BitCoin to purchase Chess Training To the best of my knowledge I am the first chess coach to accept bitcoin as a method of payment for services! In addition to this new feature I am also throwing in a free gold membership to ChessTempo.com for students who purchase a month of les...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/using-bitcoin-to-purchase-chess-trainingWed, 05 Feb 2014 12:34:02 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/using-bitcoin-to-purchase-chess-trainingLearn the Najdorf by studying FischerAnother night of live streaming chess analysis. Join us at www.TheChessFiles.weebly.com as we delve deeper in the sicillian labyrinth. Hosted by FM Carl Boor (that is me) the show is an open format Q&A analysis where the audience can watch an...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/learn-the-najdorf-by-studying-fischerWed, 22 Jan 2014 18:05:20 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/learn-the-najdorf-by-studying-fischerAnother night with the NajdorfCome visit my live stream at www.TheChessFiles.weebly.com where we will be exploring early Bobby Fischer games in the hope of building a strong foundation in the Najdorf Sicillian. http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/another-night-with-the-najdorfTue, 21 Jan 2014 18:28:01 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/another-night-with-the-najdorfExplorations in the Najdorf, young Fischerhttp://www.twitch.tv/carlboor www.TheChessFiles.weebly.com Live streamcast of chess analysis...joining the party! UPDATE: If you missed the show here is a highlight from the 2+ hour analysis.   Watch live video from CarlBoor on TwitchTV http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/explorations-in-the-najdorf-young-fischerMon, 20 Jan 2014 21:13:09 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/explorations-in-the-najdorf-young-fischerMillionaire Chess TournamentA new tournament is on the chess horizon, Maurice Ashley's Millionare Chess Tournament. From the website, "Join us October 9-13, 2014 at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada for the Millionaire Chess Open. The tournament has a r...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/millionaire-chess-tournamentWed, 08 Jan 2014 09:28:10 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/millionaire-chess-tournamentThe Outer Limits: Phase 5, Multiple QueensIt is said that there are three phases of the chess game, opening, middlegame and endgame. In recent years chess writers have also drawn a distinction for a fourth phase of the game; when both players regain their queens in the endgame. I would l...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/the-outer-limits-phase-5-multiple-queensThu, 02 May 2013 15:21:39 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/the-outer-limits-phase-5-multiple-queensMiddlegame Structures: Open PositionOne of the best ways to study the middlegame is to think of the positions in terms of the pawn structure and how the specific piece placement as well as the changes in pieces and structure shape the games we play. The more aware a player is of the...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/middlegame-pawnstructuresThu, 18 Apr 2013 22:23:07 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/middlegame-pawnstructuresWelcome to the Machine. Akiba Rubinstein's positional artistry.On my own and with my students I like to study the evolution of chess, not only the openings but also the progression of positional technqiues and endgame mastery. The Polish Chess Grandmaster Akiba Rubinstein is renowned for being one of the grea...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/welcome-to-the-machine-akiba-rubinsteins-positional-artistryFri, 12 Apr 2013 00:12:15 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/welcome-to-the-machine-akiba-rubinsteins-positional-artistryAdvice for team Anand: Play the Najdorf!Dear Team Anand, In preparation for the upcoming world title defense I have made an analysis of Magnus Carlsen's games and come to some important conclusions. At this point everyone realizes that Carlsen is a phenomenal chess player and stands re...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/advice-for-team-anand-play-the-najdorfSun, 07 Apr 2013 01:43:41 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/advice-for-team-anand-play-the-najdorfHow to beat the AlapinThis is a common concern with chess players who play the sicillian as black. The Alapin variation 1.e4 c5 2.c3 rightly has a reputation as a drawish, sterile way to play chess; perfect for lower rated players to use against higher rated players wh...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/how-to-beat-the-alapinThu, 04 Apr 2013 16:45:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/how-to-beat-the-alapinDevelopment of a chess master.I would like to show a series of games that I played  in my boyhood and teenage years. It is my hope that you all will enjoy these old games and my comments to them. Stay tuned as I continue to share games from my chess growing pains. It is my...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/development-of-a-chess-masterWed, 03 Apr 2013 23:39:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/development-of-a-chess-masterThe Fast Track To Chess MasteryOverview of Coach Carl's teaching philosophy and study curriculum. My belief is that with dedication and hard work anyone can reach the master rank (2200 USCF) in chess. A critical component however in this endeavor is utilizing the proper mater...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/the-fast-track-to-chess-masterySun, 24 Mar 2013 23:03:37 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/the-fast-track-to-chess-masteryHow to crush a Grandmaster on no sleep and only thinking one move deep.This game against former US Champion GM Alex Shabalov was played this year at the 2013 Cardinal Open in Columbus Ohio. It was the final round and as usual everything depended on a victorious result. I dedicate this game to correspondance WC Hans B...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/how-to-crush-a-grandmaster-on-no-sleep-and-only-thinking-one-move-deepSun, 24 Mar 2013 12:24:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/how-to-crush-a-grandmaster-on-no-sleep-and-only-thinking-one-move-deepThe Chess Prison (Fiction)Sturmen read the pairings and quietly said, "we are on board one."    He glanced one last time down the long table of checkered boards, the chess pieces; a gauntlet of mental violence. At the last board sits Fat Alex, eyes closed, meditating ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/the-chess-prison-fictionTue, 19 Mar 2013 23:37:41 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/the-chess-prison-fictionBasic requirements of a Chess CoachWhat should a Chess Instructor be able to teach a student ? This important and basic question often times is over looked by parents and school administrators when they are presented with slick advertising and hyped up claims of a company that is h...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/basic-requirements-of-a-chess-coachTue, 19 Mar 2013 09:08:59 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/basic-requirements-of-a-chess-coachDancing on the Chess HorizonHuman Intuition vs. Machine Calculation. When the brain and the heart wins I call this a "Horizon Play" denoted by the symbol ~! In 2010 I was inspired. I had just met the girl of my dreams and after a whirlwind romantic trip in Chicago I was bac...http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/dancing-on-the-chess-horizonMon, 18 Mar 2013 22:28:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Boorchess/dancing-on-the-chess-horizon