A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Seven

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I was asked a question during the Thanksgiving holiday that led to an interesting conversation, one worth interrupting this series of articles to present. It not only has to do with chess but with nearly everything else we do in life. The question was simple enough, why bother learning how to play chess? The answer, … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Seven”

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Summer of ’72

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Fifty years and one week ago I completed my first USCF-rated chess tournament, the U.S. Booster Championship in Chicago, Illinois. I’ve never really considered this to be my “first tournament,” because I had played earlier that summer in the 1972 Indiana State Championship. But a funny thing happened — that tournament never got rated. I […]