January 2012 Tactics Time Column

Below is the January 2012 Tactics Time Chess Tactics Column that appeared in the Colorado Chess Informant magazine, which you can read online for free here: http://www.coloradochess.com/informant/January%202012.pdf. Click the image to open the column in PDF format. Included are games … Continue reading

News and Notes: Chess Comeback after 25 years, Broken Pawn, CJA

I played in the Loveland Open this past weekend which was a lot of fun! There were 60 players, from 6 different states: Colorado Wyoming Arizona North Carolina California Alaska!   Wow! Nice! Here is a nice tactic from one … Continue reading

October 2011 Tactics Time Column

The October 2011 Tactics Time features a wide variety of weeknight Colorado Chess Events including the Wednesday night East Coast Deli tournaments in Colorado Springs, Tuesday night tournaments in Denver , The Thursday night Panera Bread tournaments in the Springs.  … Continue reading

Why pick a pawn when you could pick a Bishop?

I frequently get questions about some of the tactics that I publish, both in my newsletters, as well as my column from the Colorado Chess Informant. Here is a letter I received today about my October 2011 Informant Tactics Time … Continue reading

July 2011 Tactics Time: Developing with tempo, overloaded piece, Checks on f7

The July 2011 Tactics Time features a wide variety of Colorado Tournaments including the King Hunt, Pueblo Open, Colorado Class, and Colorado Closed.  This shows how chess is really blooming in Colorado in 2011, and there is a real resurgence … Continue reading

April 2011 Tactics Time: Zugszwang, Bread and Butter Tactics

The April 2011 Tactics Time features a rare zugzwang puzzle from one of my redhotpawn games.  My opponent was trying to force the stalemate, and I had to be careful.  The wikipedia page for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zugzwang is quite interesting. Also featured … Continue reading

January 2011 Tactics Time: Missed Oppourtunities

The January 2011 Tactics Time features a couple of missed opportunities, where the player had a one or two move tactic on the board but did not see it. How does this happen?  One reason is because the person is … Continue reading

October 2010 Tactics Time: Quick Kill

The October 2010 issue of Tactics Time features some interesting tactics in the opening. Problem 1 features a very interesting opening trap against the dutch defense that I had never seen before.  The complete game is given in the answers, and … Continue reading

April 2010 Tactics Time: Tormenting your opponent

The April 2010 Tactics Time column featured a new twist – all of the games were from Colorado players in games that were played on RedHotPawn.com. Problem 7 is another absurd position that really happened in a game, but looks … Continue reading

January 2010 Tactics Time: Look for the best recapture

January 2010 Tactics Time Column The January 2010 Tactics Time features some great positions. One type of tactic that some chess players have a tough time with are one square queen moves. Another type of tactic is one where the … Continue reading

October 2009 Tactics Time: Information Overload

The October 2009 Tactics Time features several problems with an Overload and Removing the Defender tactic.  These two tactics are very similar, with the main idea that the defending piece is forced to try and do two things at one … Continue reading