Xiong Keeps Going!

September 22, 2019

In today’s playoff round of the World Cup, Jeffery Xiong became the only American player still standing. In a thrilling match, he beat Jan-Krzysztof Duda 4 1/2 – 3 1/2. White won seven out of eight games, so arguably it was the one game that Xiong managed to draw as Black (a Caro-Kann in the […]

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Xiong Train Running

September 21, 2019

Okay, bad pun, but now is the time to get on the Jeffery Xiong train! It’s currently boarding passengers in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, and the next stop is Yekaterinburg, where next year’s World Championship Candidates tournament will be held. All aboard! Okay, my announcement may be a little premature, but that’s part of the fun of […]

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I’m Back!

September 19, 2019

It’s been a month since I posted here, so I would like to reassure anybody who’s wondering that I have not fallen off the face of the earth! The above photo was taken three weeks ago at the Northern California state championship. I was going to play tournament chess for the first time in nine […]

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Learning the Right Lessons

August 11, 2019

Today I went to cheer on two of my students in the Aptos Library Chess Club, Emmy and Ryder, who were playing in their second rated tournament. They are a sister-brother pair. I was very curious to see how they would do, because in their first rated tournament (the state scholastic championship, last March) they […]

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The Abstract Era

July 27, 2019

It’s been amazing to me to see how double e-pawn openings have changed over the last 10 to 20 years. Once upon a time, White would always press for an advantage, making threats, working toward the pawn break d2-d4, keeping Black on the defensive. Not any more. In the new era, White just chills out. […]

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Last Computer Game for 2019

July 1, 2019

If January 1 is a good time for resolutions, then July 1 is a good time for semi-resolutions. I’ve decided that it’s time for me to do away with playing chess against the computer, at least for the rest of the year. One thing that crystallized this decision for me was meeting with Gjon Feinstein […]

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When a Miss Really is as Good as a Mile

June 20, 2019

Last weekend I played in the third round of the PRO Chess League Summer Series, in which the fans of the San Francisco Mechanics squared off against the fans of the St. Louis Arch Bishops. I won both of my games against a player named Typewriter44, and when I finished we had a comfortable-looking 15½ […]

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How to Win without Thinking

June 9, 2019

The second week of the PRO Summer Chess League went a whole lot better for me, and a whole lot worse for the team. Quick refresher: the summer league is an offshoot of the main (winter) league. One big difference is that fans can participate and score points for their favorite team. Each match consists […]

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The Three Things I Hate About Online Chess

June 1, 2019

Okay, I admit it, I’m a dinosaur. The whole chess world plays online chess, and I don’t. The last time I played online was maybe 15 years ago. But I thought it might be fun to give it another try, especially in the PRO Chess Summer League, competing as part of a team. I was […]

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PRO Chess Summer League Begins Tomorrow

May 31, 2019

This is kind of a last-minute post, but if any of my readers are interested in playing in an online summer league, you can sign up now at chess.com to play for the San Francisco Mechanics (or another team of your choice). Here is how it works. Unlike the winter season, the summer season will […]

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