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“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart Our Provincial Junior Championship returned to in-person play this year. The games were played during the Nov 19-20 weekend. A number of our past and current … Continue reading “Students Analysis (11)”

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“What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (62)

“A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer” Bruce Lee A quick reminder how it works: Have a look at the position for 1 minute (watch the clock) Think about the choices in front of you and pick the one you feel it is … Continue reading ““What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (62)”

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Chess For Heroes (November 2022)

I’ve written a lot of courses for beginners over the years, most of which I’ve discarded because I didn’t think they were much good. Every time, I say to myself that this will be the last one I’ll write. But it seems to me, looking at the experiences related by beginners on social media, that … Continue reading “Chess For Heroes (November 2022)”

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Crazyhouse Discourse and Puzzles

By National Master Evan Rabin The last few days I played lots of crazyhouse on www.lichess.org. Since I was seven-years old, I have enjoyed playing bughouse, where two players team up and every time one teammate captures a piece, he gets to give it to his partner, who can place it anywhere on the board, …

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Basman at The British

Michael Basman Editor’s note: What is striking about these games is how each highlights different aspects of Mike’s playing style. As you might expect, there is his calling card – the outlandish opening 1 e4 g5 (‘totally bonkers’ –Nigel Short), but next is an epic…

Don’t Push the Cart in Front of the Horse

By National Master Evan Rabin YesterdayI substituted for a class with 12 kids, all beginners. I asked what they learned last week and a few of them said opening principles, e.g, developing their pieces. I then set up this simple position: 4 I said it is black to move and asked what this position was, …

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