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The Final Lesson

15 hours agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

My after school chess clubs meet from October through April. The end date varies from year to year, but corresponds with the Washington State Elementary Chess Championship. This year, the state championship is tomorrow in Tacoma. It has been in Spokane twice. Show More Summary

2017 U.S. Chess Championship (St. Louis)

The U.S. Championship is set for its 9th edition at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis. With three of the world’s top ten players, five-time champion Gata Kamsky, three-time champion Alexander Shabalov, 2006 champion Alexander Onischuk and the reigning World Junior Champion, Jeffrey Xiong, the tournament continues to get stronger. The women’s […]

Playing Tired

last monthHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Who thinks well when they are sleep deprived? I certainly do not.This past week was the first of a two week event at the Spokane Chess Club. We are calling it Game 61, a dull name that has the merits of accurate description. The United States Chess Federation has several rating pools based on different time controls. Show More Summary

Colas, Williams @ St. Louis IM Winter Invite!

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

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 […]

Perseverance

2 months 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

Basic Tactics: Pins and Forks

2 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

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

Solve This

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Round two of the Spokane Chess Club Winter Championship brought me another victory, but only because my opponent miscalculated at the critical moment. I was objectively lost, but when he misplayed the attack, my fortunes turned in a hurry. Show More Summary

Fiddling with the London System

3 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In the first round of the Winter Championship at the Spokane Chess Club last night, I played an opponent who has been difficult for me. We first played nearly forty years ago in a match between our respective high schools. There mayShow More Summary

Pawns

5 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week The after-school chess club that I run at a small private school in my city is divided into two groups--beginning and advanced. Acceptance into the advanced group requires participation in last year's scholastic tournaments or my permission. Show More Summary

Fried Liver Attack

6 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

In the second week of after school chess club, my beginning group doubled in size and includes several who have never played chess. While emphasizing how the pieces move and other first things, I showed the group Gibaud -- Lazard 1924,...Show More Summary

Lesson of the Week

7 months agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

A new scholastic chess season has begun. The first tournament for Spokane's youth will be held October 22. My chess clubs started this week. For my beginning students, we looked at three instructive miniatures from the Encyclopedia of Chess Miniatures (2014). Show More Summary

Meek Mill Asked Philly Goons To Run Up On Drake & Clubs Not To Book OVO After Parties

8 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Bossip

Drake is a masterful troll, and Meek Mill is seemingly falling victim to all of his chess moves. Sources confirm that the 540 Grand chain rocker made calls for his friends to show up in mass numbers while Drizzy was

Chess Missing Persons Bureau

Are there any people whom you used to see regularly at chess tournaments or chess club, but don’t see any more? Of course, when somebody vanishes from the chess scene, it’s not necessarily a big deal. Lots of players decide that chess isn’t for them. Even very good players like Stuart Rachels or Ken Rogoff […]

TV Club: A game of chess almost destroys everything on Mr. Robot

“‘I declare it’s marked out just like a large chessboard!’ Alice said at last. ‘There ought to be some men moving about somewhere—and so there are!’ she added in a tone of delight, and her heart began to beat quick with excitement as she went on. Show More Summary

TV Club: Power resets its chess board in a busy season premiere

Power is in an especially precarious position as it begins its third season. After an impressive sophomore year, the show is the best it’s ever been, not to mention the most consumed, as it holds the title of Starz’ most-watched original series. Show More Summary

Tournament @ Baltimore’s Hollins Market on 6-18-16!

11 months agoHobbies / Chess : The Chess Drum

Sophia Lynn of “Chess R US” is known for her stunning drawings and t-shirt designs, but she is rallying support to start a new chess club in the Baltimore area. The area has a long chess history and many legendary players have come through the area. Lynn is trying to revitalize the chess scene. On […]

Monday assorted links

1. Arbitrage against gay dance clubs (NYT). 2. Improving password fields: small steps toward a much better world. 3. Armpit sniffing as the new frontier in assortative dating and mating. 4. How St. Louis became a major chess hub. 5. Incompetent robot waiters in China. The post Monday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Straight Outta Delaware

Today was Tuesday, my regular day for Aptos Library chess club. A photographer came to take some pictures, because the library is preparing promotional material for a bond measure to support the public libraries in Santa Cruz. They wanted pictures of the good things that the library does for the community, and they sure picked the right […]

Exclusive Interview: Director James Napier Robertson for ‘THE DARK HORSE’

Genesis Potini was definitely one of the most interesting persons out of the chess lore. The story of Potini was a chess advisor to children who led a local New Zealand chess club to many tournaments and championships. However, he faced many adversities, including family issues with a violent gang and controlling his bipolar disorder. Show More Summary

Sensational Chess Club Battle

At present the two strongest players in the Aptos Library Chess Club are named Luke and Alex. It’s so interesting to watch them play, because they have contrasting strengths. I think Luke overall has a more solid understanding of the game. He has actually done some reading on his own. I don’t think Alex ever […]

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