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

You can call me… Carlos Danger!

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I have had a crazy week of chess here in Colorado!  I played rated games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Thursday I played at the Panera Bread on Powers Blvd in Colorado Springs.  I was paired against a young … Continue reading

April 2013 Tactics Time Column

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Click Here to read the April 2013 Tactics Time Column from the Colorado State Chess Association’s magazine the Colorado Chess Informant in PDF. Tournaments include: Winter Springs Open Colorado Springs Panera Bread Tournaments Fort Collins Wild Boar and more! Players … Continue reading

News and Notes: Recent Newsletters, Tim Brennan Week

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It has been a while since I did a blog post, so I need to catch up! I have been posting most of my news lately in my newsletters, so I encourage you to sign up for that if you … Continue reading

News and Notes: Cabin Fever, SwissSys, Drinking My Own Bath Water

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Tactics Time is featured in this week’s Sunday Chess Column by Stephen Dann, Worcester MA, Telegram & Gazette http://www.telegram.com/article/20130224/NEWS/102249740/ The puzzle is a really good one, which I really like.  Answer at the bottom.   This past week I was the … Continue reading

Tactics Time News and Notes

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Sales of the Tactics Time eBook have been great.  We are still number 1 in the Kindle chess book sales.  We have been in and out of the top ten for all book sales.  I am guessing that a lot … Continue reading

Nothing Is Over!

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There is a dangerous “mind virus” being propagated by Paul Anderson, and his ilk, here in the chess community of Colorado Springs. And I am not referring to the unsolicited “Evolution is a Myth” creationist propaganda that the Anderson clan … Continue reading

US Chess Championship Blunder

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The US Chess Championship is currently being played at the beautiful Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.  The website is http://uschesschamps.com, and they even have live coverage with Jennifer Shahade and Ben Finegold giving “play by play”, analysis … Continue reading

News and Notes: Chess Musical, Fantasy Chess, Chess Videos, Newsletters…

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Some quick tidbits…. Happy 49th Birthday today (April 13th) to “The Boss” Garry Kasparov! His historical match against IBM’s Deep Blue inspired me to get into chess! I was in Philadelphia attending the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) conference when … Continue reading

My Favorite Chess Story: Calling in the Wolf

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Here is a chess story, that comes from my podcast, which you can listen to here: http://tacticstime.com/?p=29 The story starts 38 minutes into the recording if you want to listen to it. The synopsis is that: I was visiting my … Continue reading

Paul Anderson Interview

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This week Tactics Time had the priviledge of interviewing Paul Anderson.  Paul is a long time member of the Colorado Springs Chess Club, and writes a light hearted weekly newsletter where he shares games, news, videos and stories about chess. In this week’s … Continue reading