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My Systems: The Tromp Wall

My Systems: The Tromp Wall

NM CoachJKane
| Apr 12, 2022

Hey Chess Friends! Buckle up. This is a long one! A few years ago I wrote a post on the Botvinnik English. I still play it on occasion, but it's time to discuss a system that I enjoy even more: the Tromp Wall. Don't let the name confuse you. T...

Puzzles From An Amazing Game

Puzzles From An Amazing Game

NM CoachJKane
| Mar 3, 2022

Hi chess friends, I played a wild game today and thought a few of you might enjoy trying some of the tactics that occurred or could have come up. The first critical moment occurred here. White threatens Qxh8+. What would you play? Le...

My 2021 Year In Review

My 2021 Year In Review

NM CoachJKane
| Dec 11, 2021

Hey Chess Friends, 2021 was an exciting year for chess as a whole. We continued with the Queen's Gambit boom from last year and witnessed exciting candidates and title matches. For me personally, the chess highlight of the year was releasing my ...

Introducing The Caro - Kane Variation

Introducing The Caro - Kane Variation

NM CoachJKane
| Nov 20, 2021

If you're here for serious chess improvement, you probably want to check out my previous blog post. If you want a fun surprise weapon to score some quick wins in blitz and bullet, this is the place for you! I don't usually play 1.e4, so when I d...

The Next To Last Mistake - My New Book

The Next To Last Mistake - My New Book

NM CoachJKane
| Nov 4, 2021

Hello Chess Friends!  It's been an eventful fall for me. In September, we welcomed my 2nd child and in October, I received the first copy of my new chess book! It's available for pre-order here.  Four years ago I decided that ther...

Great Tactics From A Bad Game

Great Tactics From A Bad Game

NM CoachJKane
| Feb 21, 2021

Hey Chess Friends, I recently played a bullet game that wasn't terribly high quality but featured some wild tactics near the end. See if you can work your way through some of the key tactical moments. I probably should have just won a qu...

My Memorable Games: 2020

My Memorable Games: 2020

NM CoachJKane
| Dec 26, 2020

Hey Chess Friends, 2020 was a strange year for my chess growth. I played nearly no over the board games, but thousands of games on Chess.com. Now I'm looking back on the year and sharing a few highlights. Best Mating Attacks: Not a great ...

A Novelty Or Not?

A Novelty Or Not?

NM CoachJKane
| May 2, 2020

This week I played an interesting blitz game on the Black side of the Vienna. I played an early sacrifice in the style of the King's Gambit and won quickly. After the game, I looked up the opening to see how similar this had been to prev...

My Year in Openings: g6 Spanish

My Year in Openings: g6 Spanish

NM CoachJKane
| Dec 29, 2019

Last week I wrote about some changes I made to my blitz repertoire this year that brought me success with the white pieces. A couple people asked me for similar thoughts with Black, so I’m going to present a few model games for my favorite l...

My 2019 Blitz Lessons

My 2019 Blitz Lessons

NM CoachJKane
| Dec 25, 2019

Hey Chess Friends, 2019 has been a big year for me. As we get to the end I'm reflecting on a few things in my chess life, most of which has taken place right here on chess.com. The biggest change was that I started a job working on our chess....

Overmatched Queens

Overmatched Queens

NM CoachJKane
| Nov 10, 2019

Last week I played two blitz games on the same day that demonstrated the limits of the queen against a rook and a piece. The first game I won in good style and didn't realize until post-game analysis that I should have forced a draw after winning ...

Four Straight Sacrifices and a Wild Ending

Four Straight Sacrifices and a Wild Ending

NM CoachJKane
| Oct 13, 2019

Today I played a wild blitz game against a slightly higher rated opponent. In an even ending he sacrificed a piece to gain some powerful passed pawns, which led to the position below. I had White and didn't want to passively try to block ...

Trying some AlphaZero Ideas in Blitz

Trying some AlphaZero Ideas in Blitz

NM CoachJKane
| Jun 22, 2019

Hi Chess Friends, I've recently been reading through Game Changer, a book about AI chess engine AlphaZero, the strongest chess entity to date. Obviously no person can play at the level of the machine, but we can pick up a few of its preferred...

A Clash of Active Kings

A Clash of Active Kings

NM CoachJKane
| Jun 5, 2019

Hey Chess Friends, I had a recent blitz game where both kings were in danger throughout. It reminded me of World Champion Steinitz's claim that the king was a strong piece, capable of defending itself. We reached a critical position early whe...

Broken Tactics

Broken Tactics

NM CoachJKane
| May 15, 2019

Hi Chess Friends, Since having a kid I haven't had the time or focus to compete in tournaments, so most of my play has been blitz right here on chess.com. I've noticed that as I've gotten more adept at the traps in my current openings a clear...

Another Great Missed Combination

Another Great Missed Combination

NM CoachJKane
| Mar 5, 2019

Hi Chess Friends, A few years ago post-game analysis of one of my online blitz games revealed one of the most astounding mating combinations I've ever seen. See if you can find the win. It's worth your time. Today I played a game on chess...

Botvinnik English - The Perfect Rapid Weapon

Botvinnik English - The Perfect Rapid Weapon

NM CoachJKane
| Feb 2, 2019

Hi Chess Friends, In the recent World Championship match, after drawing 12 classical games Carlsen broke through by winning the first rapid game. He gained a large advantage on the board and the clock, and even after some mistakes he still wo...

My Best of 2018

My Best of 2018

NM CoachJKane
| Dec 31, 2018

Hi Chess Friends, My personal chess 2018 year in review is pretty short. Work and a baby took up most of my time, so I didn't play any serious events. In me few free moments, I did play some blitz and bullet, so I thought I'd show some highli...

Don't Just Check

Don't Just Check

NM CoachJKane
| Nov 7, 2018

Hi Chess Friends, I was happy to play a nice combination in a recent blitz game, which got me thinking about an important attacking theme. First, see if you can find black's winning combination below. The move that struck me there was...

A Blitz Ode to Capablanca

A Blitz Ode to Capablanca

NM CoachJKane
| Oct 19, 2018

Hi Chess Friends, I played a blitz game this evening, which followed a key strategic theme from a famous Capablanca game. Since I'm a chess mortal, and only had three minutes, my game was messier than Capa's masterpiece, but I still think it's f...

Old Coach Still Has New Tricks

Old Coach Still Has New Tricks

NM CoachJKane
| Oct 7, 2018

Hi Chess Friends, A busy work schedule and fatherhood have kept me from playing much lately except for a few online games. That's why it was nice to find a few fun moves while teaching a lesson and then playing a blitz game today. The bl...

One Minute Mating Attack

One Minute Mating Attack

NM CoachJKane
| Sep 13, 2018

Hi Chess Friends, It's not often you get to play a more or less correct game in 1 minute. That's why I particularly enjoyed the following mating attack today. I hope you do to. It's a waste of time to analyze one minute too deeply, but ...

The Hustler Trap Strikes Again

The Hustler Trap Strikes Again

NM CoachJKane
| Sep 4, 2018

I was given a nice opportunity tonight to play one of my favorite opening traps. It's a particularly memorable one to me because I first played and discovered it in a game in Washington Square Park in New York City. Since then I've had it a few ti...

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