Is competition the next step in your chess endeavors? Playing in a few tournaments does not commit you to becoming a “serious” chess player. There is no requirement to study extra (or at all) if you don’t want to. I recommend trying at least a couple of events to see if you like it. I
If you read my earlier post on Edmar Mednis, you know that How to Defeat a Superior Opponent is the title of the Hall of Fame Grandmaster’s 1989 book (effectively a reprint of his 1978 title How to Beat the Russians). The idea of defeating a stronger player appealed to a “weakie” like me, so I devoured Superior
Chess Informant popularized a classification system that is now universally used in chess literature and when discussing positions. Who is better, and by how much? When I was struggling to learn chess, I didn’t really feel what these meant. Now, I hope others will be a bit less confused! This is a short post, and
Happy New Year! Empire Chess is the long-running magazine of the New York State Chess Association (NYSCA). It published my article How to Defeat Kids in Chess Tournaments on pages 4-5 of its Winter 2021 issue. An earlier version was published on this blog on November 25. You can download the entire issue of Empire Chess
Want One of Your Chess Games Analyzed? I am accepting submissions at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have played an interesting game (win, loss, or draw), send it to me! Over time, I will annotate and post some of the best entries.
Teaching Comes First Teaching imparts knowledge and skills to the student that they are lacking. Coaching helps the student use his/her knowledge and skills more effectively. Over many years working with students in New York City, I primarily referred to myself as a chess teacher. I have always believed that knowledge is power in chess