Monday, November 04, 2013

Interesting checkmate ideas

Originally posted on January 20, 2013. 

1...Qh1 2.g4 Qf3# or if White plays anything other than 2.g4 Black checkmated with Qf1#

Also 1...Qf3 2.c4 and Black can play Nc1-Ne2-Ng1# while White pushes his c-pawn. Almost stalemate but not quite.

Marshall - Greek Gift

Originally posted April, 2013.

White to Play: Mate in 5.

This is the position that arises after:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nf6 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. Nf3 e6 5. e4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. Bd3 Nbd7
8. O-O O-O 9. e5 Nd5 10. Bxh7+ Kxh7 11. Ng5+ Kg8 12. Nxd5 exd5 13. Qh5 Re8

Opening worksheets

Quick note about worksheets:
People sometimes ask me where I get my worksheets. I prefer to make them by hand using ChessBase. Usually I use rhetorical questions so they are very easy to solve.

When it comes to making tactic and checkmate puzzles, I get the puzzles from famous games. If a student's goal is to do thousands of puzzles, I usually recommend software or websites.

Although it uses a lot of paper and is more time-consuming, I find that doing things with pen/pencil and paper is a fun and relaxing way to learn. I recommend using this traditional method along with using training software or websites.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

7 years later.

This blog is about 7 years old now. It had about 300 posts but I temporarily put them all in draft mode, since a lot of them are REALLY boring. I will, gradually, republish the posts that are not complete junk (events that are memorable to me personally, but also interesting chess stuff). I might even update some of them or add notes (but mainly just "strike through" broken links). A lot of the "chess stuff" on this blog is written towards an audience of experienced chess players and I will try to label such posts accordingly.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Mark Dvoretsky on American Scholastic Chess:

Saturday, April 13, 2013


Friday, April 05, 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Interesting Article About College Chess

This article features Susan Polgar.

Things have changed a LOT since I played college chess. I played for UTDallas when college chess was brand new.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Black to Play

What is Black's best move?
a) 0-0
b) Nxe4
c) Ng4
d) d6

My "Dragon Bishop Test"