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

January 2007 Tactics Time Column: Quiet Move

Randy Reynolds also authored the Jan 2007 issue of Tactics Time, and did a fantastic job.  This time Randy abandoned the upside down answer key. The first puzzle features a nice “quiet move”, which is nice, since most tactics problems … Continue reading

January 2005 Tactics Time: Forcing a Draw

The January 2005 Tactics Time features some great positions! Included are discovered and double attacks, deflections, mating nets, and two games where the losing side forces a draw (a really under appreciated, but important tactical motif!) Problem #8 is interesting, … Continue reading

October 2004 Tactics Time Column

 The October 2004 issue of tactics time included a lot of tactics involving the knight. As my good buddy Francisco once said “Knights are tricky”. This issue also features some good upsets, missed opportunities, and even an underpromotion! There are … Continue reading

July 2004 Tactics Time Column: Swindle Master

July 2004 Tactics Time Column The July 2004 issue of Tactics Time featured some interesting positions. In the first position Paul Grimm showed why he was known as the “swindle master”, and is a good argument for the “never resign” … Continue reading

April 2004 Tactics Time: Smothered Mate

April 2004 was an exciting time for chess in Colorado, because we had just completed the “Edward Levy Memorial” tournament, which was a huge Bill Goichberg Continental Chess Association tournament with hundreds of people, including top GMs, and thousands of dollars … Continue reading

Fred Spell Interview

In this week’s Tactics Time podcast Tim interviewed Fred Spell.  Fred is a great asset to the Colorado Chess Community, serving as Editor of the Colorado Chess Informant and doing an outstanding job, being an active tournament player, organizing and directing outstanding tournaments, and maintaining his … Continue reading

January 2004 Tactics Time Chess Column: Boden’s Mate Surprise

I first started “Tactics Time” as a column for the Colorado Chess Informant Magazine in January 2004, when I was also the editor of the quarterly state magazine.  Each column contained 9 different tactics problems from real games played between Colorado players. My … Continue reading