Randy Reynolds Podcast Interview

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Today’s podcast features Randy Reynolds. Randy has been very active in the Colorado Chess scene the past 10 years  He: runs tournaments and helps organize events teaches chess to children in schools and private lessons is the former editor of … Continue reading

Tactics of Steel

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Here is an interesting and unusual chess tactic from the Tata Steel (Group B) Wijk aan Zee tournament that was played today:   See if you can figure out what Black played in this position.  Answer below.     Wijk … Continue reading

The problem with Michael de la Maza’s Rapid Chess Improvement

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   Michael de la Maza in his outstanding “400 points in 400 days” articles (Part 1 here: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skittles148.pdf Part 2 here: http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skittles150.pdf) laid out a plan he called “The Seven Circles”.    Michael de la Maza is probably the biggest … Continue reading

Chris Peterson Podcast

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Today’s podcast features Chris Peterson Chris is very active in the Denver Chess scene, and currently helps organize events, and runs the Denver Chess Club website. Chris and I talked about: The Denver Chess Club Running a chess club and … Continue reading

Carson Crusher, Mall Rats, Musicals, More

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My good friend Anthea Carson just posted a cool game on her facebook page.  See if you can find her killer move here, with white to move.  Answer at the bottom. Colorado added a new tournament this year, the Colorado … Continue reading

My philosophy on “casual chess” and self deception

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I am not a big fan of “casual chess”.  I pretty much only like to play USCF rated games.  I don’t mind playing OTB blitz, but I don’t care for “long games” that aren’t rated. I got burned once playing … Continue reading

Tim Brennan Podcast Interview

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Today’s podcast features me, Tim Brennan Andy Pineda of Fort Collins asked me if I would be interested in doing a podcast, where he would interview me, which I thought was a fun idea. Andy and I talked about: How … Continue reading

News and Notes: Springs Chess Champ, Pet Peeves, Handshakes, Chess.com

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Congrats to Dan Avery who won the recent Colorado Springs Club Championship! I didn’t play in the event, mostly because I don’t like playing unrated chess games. I am not sure why the club chooses to play unrated games, since … Continue reading