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Both Sides Now - My Version

Both Sides Now - My Version

MomOnaBreak
| 18 days ago

Rows and rows of checkered squaresRooks and bishops in the airPawns and knights are everywhereI've looked at clouds that way … But now they only block the sunThey rain and snow on everyoneSo many games I could have playedBut clouds got...

Promise Me No Love, Just Chess - Part 3

Promise Me No Love, Just Chess - Part 3

MomOnaBreak
| Mar 17, 2022

Love is like chess, anyone can comment, speculate and guess. But only the two of them truly know what is going on and what move to make! -Shaik Ameen  PART 3 - The Grand Finale Continued from Part 2 “You know Damien,” ...

Promise Me No Love, Just Chess - Part 2

Promise Me No Love, Just Chess - Part 2

MomOnaBreak
| Mar 10, 2022

If my rating could go up by one point each time I thought of you, I would become a grandmaster in one day. -Josephine PART II. Continued from here. They met at their usual coffee place. When Josephine walked in, Damien was already sitt...

Promise Me No Love, Just Chess

Promise Me No Love, Just Chess

MomOnaBreak
| Mar 3, 2022

“It would be easier without love,” she said, in a hesitant voice that betrayed temptation. “No love, I promise … just chess,” replied Damien. And for the first time in years, he wasn’t so certain he could kee...

DON’T Let Your Chess DIE!

DON’T Let Your Chess DIE!

MomOnaBreak
| Feb 11, 2022

Pressed for time? Fatigued? Need a little extra motivation for your chess? I’m in the same boat and this blog is for you. I’m going to share what’s been working for me for the past year to keep my chess alive, while I scramble to...

Badass Woman - The Becoming

Badass Woman - The Becoming

MomOnaBreak
| Jan 6, 2022

Emma’s grandmother, Galina, was a badass woman. She was an excellent chess player and loved the game as much as the guilty pleasures of life. Her husband, on the other hand, was nil at chess. So, what’s a “girl” to do? In h...

Was It All A Dream Or Just A Midlife Crisis?

Was It All A Dream Or Just A Midlife Crisis?

MomOnaBreak
| Dec 16, 2021

Oh Friends, as this year comes to an end, I am wondering if all this writing frenzy was all just a mid-life crisis. I’m sure one day I will wake up and feel deeply embarrassed about everything I wrote. I sense that this day might be coming...

If Santa Was A Chess Player

If Santa Was A Chess Player

MomOnaBreak
| Dec 3, 2021

Dec 23, 2021 “Come on Klaus - get into bed!” Mrs. Claus called her husband. “You’ve got to pull an all-nighter tomorrow!” “What? It’s been 364 days already?” “You bet it has! Please don&r...

Chess With An Elf

Chess With An Elf

MomOnaBreak
| Dec 1, 2021

To all the lovely parents and grandparents. I love using every opportunity to make my kids’ education fun and exciting. Last year, our Elf(ie) From The Shelf came with daily letters (that I typed up each night) and chess puzzles. My kids l...

Penelopie The Penguin To The Rescue

Penelopie The Penguin To The Rescue

MomOnaBreak
| Nov 6, 2021

That moment, when the world stops turning, and you find yourself in awe. A few days ago, I was showing my four-year-old mischief-maker, Zoe, an opening trick that leads to a checkmate. “I’ve learned enough for today, mommy,&rd...

Diary of a Chess Lover: Chessitation

Diary of a Chess Lover: Chessitation

MomOnaBreak
| Sep 21, 2021

Everybody has a place where they can go to calm down, unwind, de-stress. For some people, it’s the peaks of the mountains. For others, it’s a private spot by a lake … or a Pizza Hut around the corner (mmm pizza!!). For me, that ...

A Tiny Chess Love Story

A Tiny Chess Love Story

MomOnaBreak
| Aug 24, 2021

My dear readers, who doesn't love here a Tiny Love Story? Allow me to rephrase: Who doesn't love a Tiny Chess-Love Story?  The New York Times just published something of mine. Can you figure out which one of these tiny stories is mine? &nbs...

How Swindling Got Me The !!-Move, At Last!

How Swindling Got Me The !!-Move, At Last!

MomOnaBreak
| Jul 8, 2021

Let’s talk about swindling our opponents. I just learned, or rather re-learned, this concept, from the WGM Qiyu Zhou’s lesson on chess.com: https://www.chess.com/lessons/how-to-swindle-your-opponent. This tool is so up my alley, since ...

The Attitude Challenge

The Attitude Challenge

MomOnaBreak
| Jul 4, 2021

Here is a crazy-wacko, potentially thought-provoking challenge for ya all. Hope you’ll find it fun and helpful, or … voo-doo - like. Whatever. Background When I was 8 years old, growing up in Russia, my mom enrolled me and my sist...

Joan of Chess – The (Mini) Musical

Joan of Chess – The (Mini) Musical

MomOnaBreak
| Jun 4, 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to this interactive mini chess musical. I hope you will all enjoy it. The Setting Imagine you are in a theatre full of people, just like in an olden age before the pandemic (remember that time?). People actors are...

What Do Cats And Chess Have In Common?

What Do Cats And Chess Have In Common?

MomOnaBreak
| May 22, 2021

What do cats and chess have in common (aside from this blog)? NOTHING! There should be nothing in common … and yet, here it comes, creeping into my blog. Before I reveal my finding, I want to thank everyone in this chess community for bei...

Who Is Behind You?

Who Is Behind You?

MomOnaBreak
| May 8, 2021

One day, I was all alone in the house with my 2-year-old at the time, daughter Lea. In the spirit of inspiring her to play chess, I was playing a game against, um … myself, on the digital chessboard. Suddenly, Lea asked: “mommy, wh...

Chess, Guns, And Roses

Chess, Guns, And Roses

MomOnaBreak
| Apr 30, 2021

It’s 1985. Somewhere, on the outskirts of beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia, stands tall an apartment building. Somewhere in that building lives an ordinary family – father, mother and a 5-year-old son, Alexander. They call him Sasha...

How To Instantly Bump Up Your Rating. Tip #1

How To Instantly Bump Up Your Rating. Tip #1

MomOnaBreak
| Apr 15, 2021

Want to quickly increase your rating by say 50+ points? Forget about reading yet another book, or watching yet another online chess course. Instead … are you ready for this? Are you sure? Here it is: find your mojo, your Joie De Vivre (J...

Raising A Chess Champion

Raising A Chess Champion

MomOnaBreak
| Jan 28, 2021

Growing up as a competitive chess player, I was certain that once I had my own children I would surely turn them into chess champions. They would be the improved, better, stronger versions of me! I was inspired by the stories of the Polgar ...

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