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

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

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

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

October 2012 Tactics Time Column

Here is the October 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

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

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

Joe Fromme Interview

Today’s podcast features Joe Fromme, with cohost Anthea Carson. Joe is the President of the Gentlemen’s Chess Club, an active chess player in Colorado, and tournament organizer.  He is a big Bobby Fischer fan, and created a new tournament called … 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

Carson Crusher, Mall Rats, Musicals, More

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

100th Newsletter, Moose is loose, Chess victory dance

100th Newsletter!  I just send out Tactics Time Newsletter #100 to my earliest subscribers.  It features a very interesting position with a 400 point upset from the first Edward Levy Memorial tournament that was held in Denver years ago against … Continue reading

Dangerous Passed Pawn on the 7th Rank Tactic

Here is another tactic that I got a question about via email. This problem appears in Tactics Time Newsletter #12. This game is between Alexander Freeman and Fred Spell, and was played at the East Coast Deli in downtown Colorado … Continue reading