Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ashton-Stephens: A Stonewall Dutch

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ashton-Panken: Qc2/Qd3 Closed Catalan with weird but good c5 move.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Black to Play: Sicilian Accelerated Dragon Maroczy Bind


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Nxd4 7. Qxd4 d6 8. Be3 Bg7 9. Be2 O-O 10. O-O *


Find Black's Best Move: Sicilian Accelerated Dragon


1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 Qa5 8. O-O O-O 9. Qd2 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 *




Thursday, October 04, 2012

Bo Githoro is available for lessons!

Bo Githoro is available for chess lessons in the Houston area. Coach Bo is a USCF expert with over 8 years of teaching experience. He is a two-time Texas State Scholastic Champion, and a four-time Texas State Scholastic Blitz Champion. He has Coached Texas State Champions as young as the 1st grade level.

Bo has recently joined the coaching staff of the T.H. Rogers Chess team.

Both Bo and I were part of the same chess program at the University of Texas at Dallas. He was coming in as a Freshman soon after I graduated, but I still got a chance to get to know him as I frequently visited my old chess team.

I found Bo to be extremely friendly and passionate about chess. He has developed an outstanding reputation in the Dallas and Houston chess community over his many years of involvement.

Bo Githoro will be a great Coach for anyone looking for extra training and I highly recommend him.

You can email Coach Bo at:

Friday, May 25, 2012

ChessQuest for iOS

This is one of the first chess apps I bought soon after the iPhone came out. As far as I knew, it was the only app of it's kind. It offers intermediate/advanced tactics in a very simple format. The problem selection is great.

For a while it disappeared off the app store. Now it is back (and it currently has a 4/5 rating).

Now there are many apps that ofter training puzzles. Most of them advertise that they have thousands of puzzles with more added daily.

ChessQuest only have a couple hundred (you might want to follow up on this number) but they are high quality and interesting positions.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Great article about the Wu family. Nice and talented people.

Chess Opening Trainer for iPad

I just noticed this in the App store. Right now it looks very limited, but I was waiting for this type of thing to come along for a long time. I already really like Chess Position Trainer (free and buggy) and BookUp (kinda old and outdated). Stay tuned for more on this.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer at PCA and Updates

I just updated Our Summer Chess Club is now open. We will focus more on playing and game review. The blitz tournament will be a great experience for our advanced players (and hopefully we will get some of our coaches and helpers to play. I've always wanted to organize a blitz tournament for our experienced players.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Chessimo for iPad, iPhone, and iTouch

This is great software even though it is not perfect yet. I highly recommend that intermediate and advanced players (800+) download it. Make sure that if you upgrade from the free version, you buy all lessons for $7.99. Don't buy them individually for 2.99 a piece. This package used to cost a lot of money for Windows, and the software was not nearly as good. The software needs a few improvements, but it has such valuable information. I recommend: 1. Download the free Chessimo. 2. Go through all of the lessons. 3. If you got this far, you should probably upgrade and buy the whole package for 7.99. The tactic, endgame, and strategy training is my favorite. The opening training is pretty good but there is not enough content. I am going through the whole training process right now. I plan to work on it for 5-10 minutes a day consistently. Apparently it will take me a year to finish the whole program at this rate. Also another quick thought: Sometimes you will offer a perfectly fine answer but the computer will tell you wrong. This happens maybe 1 out of 50 questions. The computer only accepts one solution (but the solution they want is good). One very important piece of advice: Although the software keeps track of your progress, there is no way to back this up. This is the most serious flaw in the program. But until they improve this, make sure you take a note of where you are.