2001: A Chess Odyssey – Lessons Learned Making it to Expert

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This month of August has been a crazy one for me chess wise! On July 31, my rating was 1825.  3 days later it was 1952, and 8 days after that it was 2006! As I am writing this, my … Continue reading

The Sharknado of Colorado Chess

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Happy Shark Week! This previous Friday night, my good friend Anthea Carson asked me if I wanted to go up with her to Denver to play in Life Master Brian Wall’s new Friday night Taco Bell tournament on the 16th … Continue reading

News and Notes: Paperback Book, Kids Book, Portuguese Book!

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St. Patrick’s Day Newsletter In case you missed it, here is a link to my special newsletter that I sent out on St. Patrick’s Day: http://archive.aweber.com/tacticstime/7BcWg/h/Happy_St_Patrick_s_Day_.htm I included some news about chess eBooks, and news about my book being possibly … Continue reading

Chess Life, Colorado Springs Open, News and Notes

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  I am featured in the current March 2013 issue of Chess Life in the “Faces across the Board” section on page 9.   I was the assistant tournament director at the Colorado Springs Open this past weekend in Manitou … Continue reading

Chessbase 12, New Mexico, eBook, News and Notes

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I traveled down to Rio Rancho New Mexico last weekend to play in the New Mexico Senior Memorial tournament with my buddy Paul Grimm.  This was Paul’s first full weekend tournament in about 5 years.  Rio Rancho is about 5 … Continue reading

Chess Cafe Book of the Year, Colorado Chess Informant, Book News and Notes

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Tactics Time! 1001 Chess Tactics from the Games of Everyday Chess Players has been nominated for “Chess Book of the Year” on chesscafe.com.  You can see the full list of nominees here: http://www.chesscafe.com/Reviews/botyr1.htm. There are two rounds of voting.  First … Continue reading

Recent Chess Cheating Scandal

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Recently there was a really well written and well researched article about a cheating scandal that happened in Virginia during a scholastic tournament.  It is a very interesting read.  I sent a copy to all of the active tournament directors here … Continue reading

July 2012 Tactics Time Column

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Here is the July 2012 Tactics Time Chess Tactics Column, which appeared in the Colorado Chess Informant magazine, the official state magazine for the Colorado State Chess Association (CSCA).  Click on the image below to read the column. Tactics Include: … Continue reading

Too Easy to Publish

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I got a nice e-mail yesterday from Richard Brown, who had played in the Pikes Peak Open over the weekend in Manitou Springs.  Here is the position in question, with White to Move, if you want to take a look … Continue reading

April 2012 Tactics Time Column

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Here is the April 2012 Tactics Time Chess Tactics Column that appeared in the Colorado Chess Informant Magazine, which comes out 4 times a year. Fred Spell is the editor, and does an outstanding job. You can read the full … Continue reading

January 2012 Tactics Time Column

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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