Experiencing Failure

Experiencing Failure Yes, your first-time-chess-club-going-beginner-level kindergartner will be ready for tournaments much sooner than you think. Not only do these little tykes play in tournaments, they win! So why should you bother going to chess tournaments anyway? To experience failure. Of course, that doesn’t sound very encouraging and only...
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Chess Equipment

“I want to buy my son some chess equipment. But there is so much! Do you have any suggestions?” is an all too common question asked of me. So, here is a thorough walkthrough on how to buy chess equipment. When starting out, you’ll need a chess board, a set of...
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Chess Clock Time Controls

There are many different types of time controls in chess. For those that don’t know, a time control is the amount of time each side gets during a tournament. Here is a quick primer on common time controls that occur in US Chess tournaments. But before we get into...
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Analyzing Your Chess Games

Every player eventually must face an undeniable truth: do I want to put effort into improving at chess or do I want to stagnate? If you’re interested in improving, the crucial skill you must develop is analyzing your own games. There are different levels to this skill which I...
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Notation

“Is that a dry erase board you’re using?” I said to a fellow chess player around 15 years ago. “Yes, it is” he said with an overtone of how obvious my observation was. “If you notate on a dry erase board, how do you save your games?” “I don’t...
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Chess Notation Handout

Taking chess notation occurs when a player writes down his or her moves using the coordinates alongside the chess board. In the diagram above, you can see the X in the middle of the board. This X is marking the “e4” square. The arrows show you why that square...
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How to get started in chess – for parents

If you are a parent getting involved with chess, it can be overwhelming to know where to start or what to do. I’m going to make life a little easier for you if you’ll bear with me for a little while. To get involved at chess you will need...
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World Chess Championship and Kids

Starting on November 9, 2018, Fabiano Caruana will be the first US-born player to challenge for the World Chess Championship since Bobby Fischer triumphed over Boris Spassky in Reykjavik in 1972 and the first US player to play for the title since Gata Kamsky in 2009.  While adult players...
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How to Learn from the Best

There are two ways to guarantee improvement in your chess play.  The first is to review and analyze your own games, learning from your own mistakes.  The second is to review the games of strong masters, so that you can try to play like “the best.”  There are several...
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When is Resigning a Game ok?

“Quitters never win, and winners never quit” is always true in chess. However, from a parent’s perspective, what expectations should you have of your kids? Let’s explore it. Compare the two statements made by kids at a recent chess tournament: “I quit because he was winning.” “I quit because...
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