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

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

Carson Crusher, Mall Rats, Musicals, More

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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

Cheap Opening Traps, Fritz 13 fun, Inception, Exhibitionists

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  For those who like cheap opening traps, here is one you might like to add to your tool box e4 c5 Nf3 d6 c3 Nf6 Be2 (Diagram) If black gets greedy and grabs the pawn with 4. …Nxe4?, then … Continue reading

James “J.C.” MacNeil Chess Podcast Interview

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Today’s podcast features James “J.C.” MacNeil. J.C. is a well known chess player in Colorado.  He first started playing at the Denver Chess Club in the early 1980s.  J.C. is a strong blitz player, and is known for being very … Continue reading

Boars Gone Wild

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This past Saturday I played in one of the “Wild Boar Coffee” tournaments held in Fort Collins, Colorado.   This was my first time playing in one of these events.  This was the Sixth Wild Boar Event, and had a time control of G/45, … Continue reading

College Football, Chess Merit Badge, Zupa, Testimonials

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My good friend Pete Short send me this picture, which was featured today on http://sports.yahoo.com, and the following commentary: I love that Chess references are always used in sports. Here is an image from a Yahoo article titled “Checkmate?” about … Continue reading

Paul Grimm Podcast Interview

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In this week’s podcast I chat with my great friend Paul Grimm. “The Grimm Reaper” and I talk about How he first got into tournament chess after a random encounter on the 16th Street mall in Denver “Operation Swindle Master” … Continue reading