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A Simple Pin

Lesson of the Week As the 2014 Washington State Elementary Chess Championships have concluded, most school clubs have come to an end for the school year. Nonetheless, a few clubs and my class at a home school resource center continue through May. Show More Summary

One Strong Move

6 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

But, is it the strongest? In the game of chess, players seek to create problems for their opponents to solve. When the opponent falters, and advantage is gained. Often this advantage may be converted into victory.This position arose from a line in the Smith-Morra Gambit in which White offers an additional pawn in the manner of the Danish Gambit. Show More Summary

Is this Tactic Common

An easy blitz win this morning reminded me of several other games: my highest rated correspondence win on, the first round of the 2009 Washington Open, and dozens of other blitz games. Although some elements of the position differ in each, the basic elements are there over and over again. Show More Summary

Bailing Out

During a little more exploration of an obscure variation (the Ragozin), I found a game where Karel Opo?enský (1892-1975) disliked the line he had chosen in this opening against Jindrich Engel, Bad Sliac 1932. Black to move Did Black have anything better than 15...Rxg2+ and the following forced repetition?

A Typical and Uncommon Position

Although this position contains several common elements that arise in the French, it appears in only thirteen games in the ChessBase online database. It also cropped up in my second blitz game this morning. White to move My opponent played 12.Kg1 and I won the game in 47 moves. Show More Summary

Power of Knights

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Even after too much online blitz, I sometimes review a batch of my games. Sometimes I look at the openings and make efforts to refine my repertoire. If I improve the quality of moves I make in the beginning of the game before I start thinking, I may reach better positions. Show More Summary


2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week Spring Break is next week and the 2014 Washington State Elementary Chess Championship is at the end of break. This week's lesson is a position from the recent Candidates Tournament, which was won by Viswanathan Anand. Show More Summary

Opening Inaccuracy

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Chess is so deep and varied that even on the sixth move in a familiar line, one can reach new positions. Yesterday, I had the Black side of a Nimzo-Indian Defense that transposed into a somewhat obscure line of the Queen's Gambit Declined.1.d4...Show More Summary

Living Dangerously

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The Alekhine-Chatard Attack against the French Defense can lead to wild play. In an online blitz game this morning, I had the Black side of a terribly uncomfortable position due to a gross error on move nine. I survived as my opponent and I managed to answer error with error. Show More Summary

Chess at the Science Fair

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

How does chess connect to science?A little over a month ago, I received an email soliciting my participation in an elementary school science fair. The email had been sent to the president of the Spokane Chess Club and he forwarded it to me. Show More Summary

A Knight Problem

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Solve This A knight standing on a center square (e4, e5, d4, d5) has eight different squares it can move to in one move. How many can it reach on the second move?

Lesson of the Week

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Creating Checkmates In this week's chess clubs, young players create checkmates that fulfill specified conditions on cards drawn at random. There are eighteen different cards. The deck contains as many as six of each card, but some in less quantity. Show More Summary

Hidden Threats

3 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Taking issue with Emanuel Lasker's assertion that combinations are rare, Yasser Seirawan asserts:Combinations of some sort can be found in the majority of master games, sometimes in the moves actually played and often in the variations...Show More Summary

Progressive Tactics

4 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week Last week's progressive tactics featured checkmate in one move, then two and three move checkmates leading to the same positions and one checkmate in four. This week's series of problems concern the gain of material. Show More Summary

Beware Stalemate

4 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

If a player has no legal moves and is not in check, the game is drawn by stalemate. The side with greater force is robbed of victory. Players under time pressure and beginners are particularly prone to this fate. The positions below are all from recent online play. Show More Summary


last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In the so-called Lucena rook ending, the defending player runs out of checks. In this position, White failed to comprehend the importance of his own pawns. White to move White played 46.Rc8+ and resigned after 46...Kd4 47.Kf2 d1Q 48.Rd8+ Rd5 0-1.Convinced that White had resources in the position, I tried 46.Kf2 against Hiarcs. Show More Summary

Mating Net

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

This position arises in the annotations to Nunn -- Korchnoi, Luzerne 1985 (Chess Informant 40/360). In the game itself, Nunn refused Korchnoi's offer of a bishop on a4. This position is one of several that might have arisen if he had taken the bishop. Show More Summary

Progressive Tactics

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the WeekStart with checkmate in one, then find two move checkmates, then three and four moves. The longer problems are from the same games as the one move problems. The player to move and the number are indicated above each problem. Show More Summary

Checkmate Patterns

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My conviction is growing that beginning chess players should work through large numbers of chess problems where they find checkmate in one move. Such problems develop pattern recognition that facilitates the imagination during play.Several...Show More Summary

What Coaches Learn

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Yesterday's Rook Madness youth chess tournament was my eighth during the 2013-2014 school year. It was a learning experience for the players, for the parents, and for the coaches.Every single youth chess tournament reinforces the lessons that young players are confused about en passant and the touch-move rule. Show More Summary

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