Chess.com Streamers Challenge - John Bartholomew

Chess.com Streamers Challenge - John Bartholomew

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Sep 20, 2015

On Wednesday, Sep. 16 Chess.com hosted the first Streamers Challenge. This was a 7-round tournament where participants live-streamed their games and discussed their thoughts as they played. It was won by GM Jon Ludvig Hammer and GM Georg Meier, wh...

Endgame Exploration #1: A tricky pawn endgame

Endgame Exploration #1: A tricky pawn endgame

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Mar 22, 2015

Recently I played a blitz game that featured an usually tricky and instructive K+P vs. K+P endgame. Can you solve it?  ***SPOILER ALERT**** ***SPOILER ALERT**** ***SPOILER ALERT**** ***SPOILER ALERT**** ***SPOILER ALERT**** ***SPOILER ALERT**...

Open Trifecta: Twin Ports, Noel Skelton, Bloomington

Open Trifecta: Twin Ports, Noel Skelton, Bloomington

IM Fins0905
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Nov 28, 2013

Greetings, faithful blog readers! It is I, Fins0905. Several months have elapsed since my last blog post, so I figured I'd better get back on the horse (because I just KNOW you're suffering severe withdrawals from the absence of my blogs!  ). I p...

Growing Your Chess Coaching Business with Chess.com

Growing Your Chess Coaching Business with Chess.com

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Aug 25, 2013

The following is an article I wrote for the September 2013 edition of The Master's Bulletin, Chess.com's monthy PDF magazine for titled players. Growing Your Chess Coaching Business with Chess.com by John Bartholomew In the early months of 2011 ...

North by Southwest

North by Southwest

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Jul 31, 2013

Time for another month-end blog round-up! July was non-stop work for me, as I crisscrossed the country teaching chess. It was awesome! In the span of 2.5 weeks I taught the following: US Chess School - New York, NY (July 11) Western Invitational ...

MN Blitz Championship

MN Blitz Championship

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Jun 29, 2013

On Sunday, June 23, I competed in the Minnesota Blitz Championship in St. Paul, MN. This was the second year I played this 18 game (9 double rounds) event, having won it last year with a score of 16.5/18. This year's tournament was somewhat weake...

Recurring Themes

Recurring Themes

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May 31, 2013

Recently I have been fascinated by the concept of patterns in chess. At his core, a good chess player is essentially a super-efficient pattern recognition machine. He can cast his gaze upon an unknown position, identify the salient features, recal...

Okoboji Open

Okoboji Open

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Apr 29, 2013

Greetings! Spring is now upon is, and woodpushers everywhere are gearing up for the slew of summer tournaments that make the warmest months the best time to get back to the board. Due to work commitments I probably won't be playing as actively as ...

Blunder!

Blunder!

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Mar 31, 2013

"The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made." - Savielly Tartakower I recently played a rather captivating game. It was an engaging theoretical battle that featured unusual tactics, a fine king hunt, measured attacks, and inspire...

Reykjavik Open

Reykjavik Open

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Feb 28, 2013

Greetings from Iceland! I'm back in this lovely country as a participant in the Reykjavik Open, which has just concluded. I'm staying on a few more days as well to participate in the Icelandic Team Championship (for Godinn-Matar). The ...

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