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Cultivating Youth Skills

10 hours agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My chess students range from absolute beginners who have just learned how the pieces move and are beginning to discover forks and pins to some of the perennial trophy winners at local scholastic events. Students who meet with me one-on-one get tailored instruction that includes analysis of their tournament games. Show More Summary

PRO Chess League Regular Season Complete

Wow, that was fast! It seems like just yesterday that I was writing a post about the first week of the PRO Chess League. Now the season is already over! That’s because it was only seven weeks long. Next week the playoffs will begin, and for people who haven’t been paying attention previously, this might […]

2017 Women’s World Championship: Semifinals

2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Semifinals) Pairings 1 Tan Zhongyi CHN 1-0 Dronavalli, H IND 2 Muzychuk, A UKR - Kosteniuk, A RUS Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4 || Semifinals | Finals |

Justus Williams earns 3rd IM norm!

Justus Williams, Webster University Photo by Paul Truong (SPICE) FIDE Master Justus Williams has had an interesting ride in his chess career. Coming from Bronx, New York, he became a National Master at 12, starred in “Brooklyn Castle” in 2013, won the Junior Open back later in the same year and won the New York […]

2017 Women’s World Championship: Round #4

2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #4) Pairings 1 Ju Wenjun CHN ½-½ Tan Zhongyi CHN 2 Dronavalli, H IND 1-0 Dzagnidze, N GEO 3 Muzychuk, A UKR 1-0 Stefanova, A BUL 4 Kosteniuk, A RUS ½-½ Ni Shiqun CHN Drum Coverage| Round 1 | Round 2 | Round […]

Black to Move

3 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

I failed this problem on Chess.com tactics trainer, but found the first two moves. Black to move

Colas, Williams @ St. Louis IM Winter Invite!

FMs Josh Colas and Justus Williams are competing in the IM St. Louis Winter Invitational taking place at Chess Club and Scholastic Center in St. Louis. Both are looking to earn their last norms to complete the requirement of three. Both would then have to eclipse the 2400 FIDE barrier. Both are currently finishing their […]

2017 Women’s World Championship: Round #3

2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #3) Pairings 1 Ju Wenjun CHN ½-½ Girya, O RUS 2 Padmini, Rout IND ½-½ Tan Zhongyi CHN 3 Harika, Dronavalli IND ½-½ Guramishvili, S GEO 4 Dzagnidze, Nana GEO 1-0 Shen Yang CHN 5 Muzychuk, A UKR 1-0 Pham, Le Thao VIE […]

Perseverance

6 days agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Mental discipline and hard work improves luck.James StripesMy success finally winning a club championship at the Spokane Chess Club included a lot of luck. I was strategically lost in the first round, but my opponent failed to find the correct plan (see "Fiddling with the London System"). Show More Summary

The Whole Board

This position has occurred in at least 21 games, including Ree,H -- Piket,J, Breda 2001, which appears in Encyclopedia of Chess Miniatures (2015). White to move The best move, which has been played in 19 of those 21 games, is quite elegant.

Basic Tactics: Pins and Forks

Yesterday, my beginning chess club saw an obscure miniature and then completed the worksheet Beginning Tactics 3.Beginning Tactics 3Find the correct move for White in each diagram. Draw an arrow showing the correct move. These positions...Show More Summary

2017 Women’s World Championship: Round #2

2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #2) Bracket 1 1 Ju Wenjun CHN 1½-½ Zhu Chen QAT 2 Bodnaruk, A RUS 0-2 Girya, O RUS Bracket 2 3 Zhao Xue CHN 1½-2½ Padmini, Rout IND 4 Tan Zhongyi CHN 2-2 Ushenina, A UKR Bracket 3 5 Harika, Dronavalli IND […]

The Fighting Dragon

A Book Review The Fighting Dragon: How to Defeat the Yugoslav Attack (Boston: Mongoose Press, 2016) by Paul Powell is not a repertoire book. It does offer suggestions to meet White's normal lines of play against the Dragon variation of the Sicilian Defense. Show More Summary

2017 Women’s World Championship: Round #1

2017 Women’s World Chess ChampionshipFebruary 10th-March 4th, 2017 (Tehran, Iran)Match Scores (Round #1) Bracket 1 1 Ju Wenjun CHN 2-0 Lane, N AUS 2 Zhu Chen QAT 1½-½ Sukandar, I BLR 3 Hejazipour, M IRI 4-5 Bodnaruk, A RUS 4 Girya, O RUS - Foisor, C UKR Bracket 2 5 Martinez, A ARG 1-3 Zhao […]

Alternative Chess Facts. Plus, Reality TV!

In honor of our new “alternative facts” universe, I decided to delete my chess rating against Shredder (the computer program) and start over with no rating. After 925 games against it, I was unsatisfied with the fact that my rating had gone below 2000. It just wasn’t right! The alternative fact is that my rating […]

Decisive Advantage?

When do you resign? Losing an exchange should not be sufficient cause for resignation. But, what if you are down an exchange and your opponent is rated 300 Elo higher? What if you are down an exchange and your position is passive?Going...Show More Summary

Patterns and Calculation

If we fail to make an idea work, we need to stop and ascertain the cause of the failure (i.e. answer the question 'why?'), and then attempt to correct our design.Paata Gaprindashvili, Imagination in Chess (2004), 40.A chess problem that...Show More Summary

The Chess Drum is 16 Years old!

Dear friends and supporters, During this Black History Month in the U.S., there are usually many stories about the history of people who have made tremendous contributions in the evolution of history in the country. Many of these figures would be unknown and obscure to most, but may also include figures that extend across the […]

2017 Women’s World Chess Championship (Tehran, Iran)

The Women’s World Championship is underway in Tehran, Iran with 63 women vying for the world title. The tournament started on an unfortunate passing of Romanian Cristina Adela Foisor on January 22nd at age 49. Her position was not filled so her opponent Olga Girya will automatically advance. Despite the absence of the world champion […]

Home Preparation

2 weeks agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

The Queen's Indian Defense vexes me. I have struggled enough against it that I've found myself playing the Black side recently in blitz. Memories of a particularly frustrating game in 2010 are always present when I face the QID. In a rapid event at the Spokane Chess Club, I had White against Michael Cambareri. Show More Summary

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