Getting involved in Scholastic Chess

Maybe your child just learned to play chess and wants to find new opponents and places to play. While there are a lot of opportunities to play chess across the county, it can be difficult to find a game if you do not know where to look. Another way...
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Becoming a Tournament Director

One of the best ways for chess parents to become involved in chess is to become a tournament director, or TD.  As you are probably aware, a TD is a USChess-sanctioned official who runs rated chess competitions. If you are sick and tired of being bored, sitting around, and...
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Types of Chess Books

There are different types of chess books out there and I am going to explain the various kinds to you. If you are looking to buy some chess books, this will give you a good way to understand what to look for on your hunt. I will also share...
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Sales and Deals

Those that read some of the entries to this blog may see it as a way of trying to sell chess products to people. That is only partly true. When I was asked to write this blog, it was specifically asked of me to connect customers with products that...
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Ups and Downs of Chess

Whenever you play chess, you must learn how to cope with the ups and downs of chess. As a chess instructor, I regularly tell people “I am in the business of teaching people how to lose constructively.” Like anything, chess can be full of obstacles. Interestingly, the obstacles in...
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Endgames Explained

Endgames Explained The question of “When does the endgame begin and the middlegame end?” is one many people struggle to answer. Similarly, to the definitions of openings and middlegames, there is no clear definition of the endgame. However, it generally occurs after a period of liquidation (trading of pieces)...
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Middlegames Explained

The Middlegame The most common question is “When does the Opening end and the Middlegame begin?” Like the definition of an opening, there really is not a specific definition that can guide you about the middlegame. However, the idea of having a strong opening means you will have a...
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Openings

One of the reasons there are so many different resources for learning chess (books, software, coaches, articles, blogs, videos, etc…) is because chess games can be broken down to 3 different phases. Each phase has its own principles and mysteries for players to learn and uncover. The next 3...
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Experiencing Failure

Experiencing Failure Yes, your first-time-chess-club-going-beginner-level kindergartner will be ready for tournaments much sooner than you think. Not only do these little tykes play in tournaments, they win! So why should you bother going to chess tournaments anyway? To experience failure. Of course, that doesn’t sound very encouraging and only...
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Chess Equipment

“I want to buy my son some chess equipment. But there is so much! Do you have any suggestions?” is an all too common question asked of me. So, here is a thorough walkthrough on how to buy chess equipment. When starting out, you’ll need a chess board, a set of...
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