Thursday, January 03, 2019

Happy New Year!

I realize that this blog has been around for so long and I haven’t updated it much. 
A few updates:
- My wife and I welcomed our son, he is almost 10 months old. 
- Panda Chess Academy is about 10 years old and I still love chess!

If I have anything interesting or useful to say, I will try to remember to share it in this blog (could be years for me to think of something!). 

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hi, my name is Jeffrey Ashton. 

Contact Info:

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

A student named Joe Li told me about Since yesterday, I have been using the free app for iPhone. It might be my favorite app for playing online, although I've been a loyal supporter of the Internet Chess Club ( for about 20 years.

Features that I like:
- Game analysis
- Simple sharing of the notation
- Training Tactics
- Kid Mode. I wish there was a way to keep this on always. Parents and coaches can tell if the kid turns "kid mode" off. This feature blocks all chat (people are rude on free and paid internet chess sites).

Their features aren't anything new, but they implement them well. It's very well designed.

They have an "open source" philosophy, and they only make money by donations.

You can find me on as JeffreyAshton.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Round 1-Untitled Event
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Black: Ashton, Jeffrey
No Result
First Move Recorded:
May 12, 2016 at 7:31:51 PM CDT
Last Move Recorded:
May 12, 2016 at 7:56:05 PM CDT

1. e4 c5
2. ♘f3 ♞c6
3. ♗b5 e6
4. ♗xc6 bxc6
5. O-O ♞e7
6. ♘e5 d6
7. ♘c4 ♞g6
8. d4 ♝a6
9. b3 d5
10. exd5 cxd5
11. ♘e5 ♞xe5
12. dxe5 ♝xf1
13. ♕xf1 ♝e7
14. ♕b5 ♛d7
15. ♕xd7 ♚xd7
16. h3 ♜hc8
17. c4 a5
18. cxd5 exd5
19. ♗e3 a4
20. bxa4 d4

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

Asking your opponent to stop notating...

... is illegal. You aren't supposed to talk to your opponent. 

Sometimes, very often in fact, a player will ask his opponent: "Do you want to stop notating?"

If you are asked this, just continue to notate. 

Also, it is wrong to pressure your opponent, before the game, to skip notating. 

Chess teaches you patience if you follow the rules. The rules say you have to notate until either player has less than 5 minutes. Special exceptions can be made by the tournament director for special situations.