Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! Here in Colorado Springs, we are having a white Christmas for the first time in 25 years! In case you didn’t see it, you can read my Christmas e-mail newsletter here: http://archive.aweber.com/tacticstime/EZZVs/h/Merry_Christmas_.htm.  It includes a really cool chess … Continue reading

Recent Chess Cheating Scandal

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

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

25,000 moves on RHP, Loveland Open, Xtreme Chess

I just played my 25,000 move on Red Hot Pawn!  Red Hot Pawn awards players a different colored star next to their name based on how many moves they have made, and you get a darker star after 25,000 moves. … Continue reading

Randy Reynolds Podcast Interview

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

Tim Brennan Podcast Interview

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

Reno Western States Open, Ned Flanders, Everyday Heroes

USCF article on Western States Open I played in this tournament with my good friends Francisco Baltier, and Troy Oberg, who both live in Tucson, Arizona this past weekend.  All three of us did really well in the tournament! I … Continue reading

Malkovich Chess, Losing on Time, Baffo on Timmy’s Chess

I will be playing in the Reno Western States Open next weekend.  Several of my chess friends will be there as well, including Troy Oberg and Francisco Baltier.  Should be fun!  I have played in Reno several times, and it … 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