A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Six


I realized that I’d been suggesting that readers practice what they’ve learned in this series of articles playing against chess apps or software. I thought this to be good advice, since you can always stop a game and try again with no penalty. While there is no substitute for siting down and playing against another … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Six”

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A Fine Rook Endgame, Part 1

I’m back! Actually, I never left, but this blog has been silent for seven weeks, so some of you may have been wondering where I went. My apologies: I was busy with other things (like a book proposal), but to be honest, I just didn’t have any topics that were worth writing about. I could […]

At Last the 1988 Show


I’m currently writing a history of Richmond Junior Chess Club from 1975 to 2006: you can read the second part here. The next part will cover the period where our members included future GMs Luke McShane and Jonathan Rowson, along with future IMs Richard Bates and Tom Hinks-Edwards. Last Sunday two of these players happened … Continue reading “At Last the 1988 Show”

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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…

US Chess Seeks Program Coordinator


Position Title: Program Coordinator
Department: Programs
FLSA: Non-Exempt, 20 hours/week
Reports to: Women’s Program Director
Location: St. Louis, Missouri (or remote for exceptional candidate)

Position Overview: The Program Coordinator is a front-lin…

Book Launch: Chess for Kids

By Jennifer Kemmeter, Author My puzzle-based chess workbook CHESS FOR KIDS was published by Hachette Book Group in July 2022. The fundamentals of chess are presented in an image-based, step-by-step format to make the game easy and accessible for 7-12 year olds. structure. Each page is a mini-lesson including two worked examples. The student is …

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