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Some example games in the Sicilian.

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bb5 Nd4 6. Nxd4 cxd4 7. Ne2 Nf6 8. Bd3 O‑O 9. Nxd4 Nxe4 10. Bxe4 Bxd4 11. Kf1 d5 12. Bd3 b6 13. g3 Bh3+ 14. Ke2 Bg4+   1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. Qd4 Nf6 7. e5 Nd5 8. e6 Nf6 9. exf7+ Kxf7 10. Bc4+ d5 11. Bb3 e5 12. Qd1 Bg7 13. O‑O Re8 14. Nc3 Kg8   1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bb5 Nd4 6. Nxd4 cxd4 7. Ne2 Nf6 8. Bd3 O‑O 9. Nxd4 Nxe4 10. Bxe4 Bxd4 11. Kf1 d5 12. Bd3 b6 13. g3 Bh3+ 14. Ke1 Bg2 15. Rf1 Qd6 16. Qe2 Bxf1 17. Kxf1 Rac8   1. e4 c5 2. f4 Nc6 3. Nf3 g6 4. Bc4 Bg7 5. O‑O e6 6. f5 Nge7 7. fxe6 dxe6 8. d3 O‑O 9. Nc3 Na5 10. Bb5 a6 11. Ba4 b5 12. Bb3 Bb7 13. a4 Nxb3 14. cxb3 b4 15. Ne2 a5 16. Ng3 Ba6 17. Ne1 Qd7 18. Be3 Bxb2 19. Rb1 Bd4 20. Bxd4 Qxd4+ 21. Kh1 Rad8 22. Rf3 Nc6

Clock Move: A rumor that almost became a rule.

Some thoughts:  "Clock move” is a silly rule sometimes used in blitz or bughouse. Touch move is a great rule. The only imperfection about touch move is that sometimes kids lie about it. Also sometimes a kid will come “close" to touching a piece and the opponent will overreact. But this happens rarely, and it is usually done by really young kids or beginners.   I feel silly calling clock move a “rule” because I have never seen it officially acknowledged in any rule book or rule list.  It is a new “rule.” While I don’t know the history of the “clock move” rumor, I do know that the chess clock hasn’t been around for that long.  I’m pretty sure "clock move" was invented by a weak chess player and it got popularized by weak chess players until some stronger chess players were forced to play this way.   In clock move, a player can place a move on the board. It’s not official until the clock is pressed. There is no touch move. There is no “I took my hand off the piec

Great news for Mac users: Stockfish

Stockfish is available in the App store for free. I’ve used it for a few minutes. Here is what I know: It’s not nearly as good as the iPhone/iPad version. But if they can make it do exactly what the iPhone app can do, it will be incredibly useful. And I’m sure they will reach iPhone/iPad level, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they have more useful features. Right now you can enter in moves and use infinite analysis. This is way too advanced for most people. You can’t play against it (honestly, no one good at chess needs a computer to play against).  It’s great for entering your notated games and emailing the moves to to someone.  You can open up PGN files with it. This isn’t incredibly user friendly, and recommended only if someone sends you a PGN file. I like the iPhone and iPad app because one can email you a PGN file (see below) and it automatically imports from your clipboard.  Or you can copy and paste the following, and save it as a .pgn file (use TextEdit on Mac or Notepad

No Excuses! Stockfish -> Email

One thing I know for sure about technology: There is NO excuse not to send a game to a chess coach, assuming the coach wants to see your games. 1) Enter the moves into Stockfish. Use analysis mode or “enter game” mode. 2) Save it. Email it to your Coach and maybe copy a parent or something. If you are using gmail, you will always have a backup copy. Coaches: Open the game in your gmail. Copy and paste the moves (the whole pgn) into ChessBase.   Stockfish is free (for now). There are other apps that let you use this workflow. ChessBase and Fritz both allow you to copy and paste an emailed PGN file (see below).  There is one downside, but I don’t actually think it’s a downside. An incorrect notation sheet won’t work. So write down your moves correctly. And if you enter the game 12 hours or less after playing it (I made up this 12 hour rule just because it sounds smart) then the player can usually use his or her memory to figure out what happened. If you can only send 12 moves or

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