Echoes of Euwe

Echoes of Euwe

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Apr 5, 2018

I taught a lesson on pins yesterday and covered a couple of positions that many chess players seem to struggle with. Pins aren't only used to win material, but also to keep opposing pieces stuck for numerous moves. One of the most famous moves in ...

The Stranded Knight

The Stranded Knight

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Feb 27, 2018

Hi Chess Friends,   A recent game by Magnus Carlsen reminded me of a tactical motif that I’ve missed in a couple of tournament games. I don’t know of any chess literature on the topic, so I thought I’d give a brief intro...

A Precise Attack in Bullet

A Precise Attack in Bullet

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Oct 6, 2017

I've fallen into the bad habit of playing too much one minute chess recently. The one saving grace is it occasionally leads to some nice games just because of the volume. Here's one of my better efforts from today. Enjoy!

Endgame Tactics Time

Endgame Tactics Time

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Aug 29, 2017

Hi Chess Friends,   Tonight I had a talented student of mine play out a few endgames to practice converting good positions with the clock ticking.  On his first try with one ending he found a key sacrificial idea, but played it too early and en...

A Silly Game with a Cool Finish

A Silly Game with a Cool Finish

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Jun 8, 2017

Tonight, after I taught an online lesson, I played a few blitz games on chess.com. The game below was the most fun of the bunch. I didn't play great, but I really enjoyed the mating tactic at the end. I hope you do too.  

Proud Chess Coach Moment

Proud Chess Coach Moment

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May 1, 2017

Hi Chess Friends, I don't have anything exciting to report from my most recent tournament games, but I do want to show a recent game by a fifth grade student of mine. He recently gained 100 points in a 4 game tournament by beating three higher ra...

My Chess Super Bowl

My Chess Super Bowl

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Feb 7, 2017

Hi chess friends, This past Sunday, while many other Americans were preparing for the Super Bowl, I played in the first round of the Northern Virginia Chess League against Grandmaster Jesse Kraai. In our previous meeting in the league he beat me ...

My 9 Year Old Student Vs. Bobby Fischer

My 9 Year Old Student Vs. Bobby Fischer

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Jan 31, 2017

A student of mine recently lost a couple of tough games in the Dragon, so we analyzed the famous game, Fischer - Larsen (1958). Fischer analyzed it in his "60 Memorable Games" and Kasparov built on that analysis in his Great Predecessors series.  ...

Pawn Power Lessons From the GM

Pawn Power Lessons From the GM

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Jan 15, 2017

Hi Chess Friends, One of my favorite things about playing on sites like chess.com or ICC is that I can occasionally play quick games with some of the current and former top players in the world. In the last few weeks I've seen former World Champi...

My 2016 Year in Review

My 2016 Year in Review

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Dec 24, 2016

Happy holidays chess friends, 2016 was an eventful year for me chess-wise, so I thought I'd take a look back at some of the highlights. Learning experience of the year: Playing a tournament game against GM Jesse Kraai. I correctly suspected t...

Check Your Blind Spot

Check Your Blind Spot

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Nov 21, 2016

Hi Chess Friends, One of the most common topics I touch on when teaching chess classes and individual lessons is the importance of examining forcing moves (checks, captures and threats). These are the moves most likely to completely alter a line ...

Blitz Chaos

Blitz Chaos

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Nov 4, 2016

Hi Chess Friends, Today I hung my queen in a blitz game against a friend. Rather than resigning, I figured I could rely on the fast time control and my rating edge to give me at least some chance to recover. I ended up playing an interesting comb...

Wilkes Barre for the Right Reasons

Wilkes Barre for the Right Reasons

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Oct 11, 2016

I've been too busy with work the last month to play seriously or blog, but I was inspired by a chess word in the news today. There was a big Trump rally in Wilkes Barre PA, which I hadn't even realized was a place. I had only known it as the Ameri...

A Nasty Trap From the State Quick Championship

A Nasty Trap From the State Quick Championship

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Sep 7, 2016

Hi Chess Friends, I posted some of my games from the recent Maryland State Quick Championship in my previous blog post. I left the most interesting tactical moment as a puzzle, which no one answered, so I'll leave it here. My opponent, playing wh...

2016 MD Quick Championships

2016 MD Quick Championships

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Sep 4, 2016

Hi chess friends, Yesterday I took advantage of some free time to compete in the Maryland Quick chess (12 minutes and three second increment) and blitz (3 minutes with two second increment) championship tournaments. I play very little USCF rated ...

Rook Endgame Tricks with a GM

Rook Endgame Tricks with a GM

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Aug 2, 2016

Hi Chess Friends, Occasional on Internet Chess Club, I get paired with Armenian/French GM Tigran Gharamian. He's rated in the 2600s, currently placing him around 130th in the world. As an American, I typically haven't heard of foreign players of ...

Defending Gets a Bad Name

Defending Gets a Bad Name

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Jul 27, 2016

Hi Chess Friends, Most chess players like to think of themselves as exciting attacking players. Brilliant mating attacsk are always fun to watch, but is only a small part of what you need to to play good chess. Sometimes, the opponent finds a goo...

Dangerous Decoy Quiz

Dangerous Decoy Quiz

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Jul 17, 2016

Hi Chess Friends, I've taught a couple of lessons on decoy tactics recently and realized that they're often overlooked in chess literature, compared to more popular tactics, like forks and pins. It's not unusual for my opponents and I to miss the...

A Blitz Lesson on Decoys and Discoveries

A Blitz Lesson on Decoys and Discoveries

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Jun 29, 2016

Hi Chess Friends,   I reached this position in a blitz game a few days ago, and since then have had the opportunity to show it to a few of students, rated between 1300 and 1700 USCF. It's a fascinating position and I recommend spending a few min...

Attacking Patterns and a Great Swindle

Attacking Patterns and a Great Swindle

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Jun 25, 2016

Hi Chess Friends, I've never been much of a Sicilian aficionado, so most of my knowledge of famous attacks in the Dragon comes from studying on my own and preparing lessons for students. That's one reason I was happy to get to demonstrate some cl...

A Quiet Opening and a Wild Game

A Quiet Opening and a Wild Game

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May 23, 2016

Hi chess friends, Yesterday, I played a game in the Northern Virginia Chess League against an opponent with a rating right around my own. I knew that he played the Benoni frequently and I wanted no part in a theoretical fight, so I played a quiet...

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