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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The Big 5

In the previous post, I shared the 3 reasons why average players only improve under 100 points a year. Quick recap… Time, Consistency, and the Method (or lack of it). And if you don’t wish to spend 5 years going from 1500 to 2000 (seriously, who does?)… this is for you. IM David Fitzsimons has […]

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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 […]

Sac Or No Sac? (3)


“A sacrifice is best refuted by accepting it” Wilhelm Steinitz I have been talking about the importance of knowing patterns and combinations in rapid play many times. This past week at the club we witnessed another game where this knowledge (or lack of) made the difference. It is not like we did not learn the … Continue reading “Sac Or No Sac? (3)”

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Dubov Wins Monster Mystery Bash

Daniil Dubov – a.k.a. Scary Surprise – won the Monster Mystery Tournament last night, securing a $500 first prize and the title of most convincing scary clown ever to play online blitz. Staying true to his costume by wildly bobbing his head throughout the final match, Dubov took down Gawain Jones, a.k.a. Plague Doctor, with […]