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Chess Scholarships

In addition to all the known benefits of chess, there are many college chess scholarships available out there that people don’t know about. Kenyon College offers $10,000 toward their tuition to the top 50 scholastic chess players in the country. The top 50 players are all above master level, so it is not an easy […]

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Creating a Passed Pawn in Chess

The most important rule about passed pawns to know is that two connected passed pawns, if you can get them to the sixth rank, are worth seven points. It’s as if suddenly an extra rook appeared on the board for you, if you can get them there. It can be worth a piece sacrifice to get […]

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The Lucena Chess Position

One of the most important and basic things to learn in chess is the Lucena Position. When you have a pawn, a king and a rook, and your opponent has only a king and a rook, it can still be very difficult to win. But if you can get to the Lucena Position you can […]

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Chess Tactics

Tactics puzzles are a must for anyone wanting to improve their chess game. It is a good idea to try and do ten minutes a day of tactics puzzles, or three puzzles a day, spending only a short amount of time on each puzzle and then checking to see if you got the answer. This […]

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Child Prodigy in Colorado

Twelve year old Jackson Chen is the current winner of the Colorado Scholastic Closed. He is considered a child chess prodigy, capable of beating masters, and certainly the rest of us chess players too! Technically, and perhaps unofficially, the definition of “chess prodigy” is a chess player whose USCF rating is 800 points highter than […]

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Trading Pieces

All kids have it. The bad habit of trading every chance they get. It’s as if the minute an opportunity to trade arises a little Pavlovian bell goes off and ring ring “Must Trade” replaced all logical thought. It is not always time to trade pieces. It is only time to trade pieces when it […]

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The Things You Learn From Chess

Everyone knows chess improves math and logic skills, and the statistics show it! But there’s more! Chess is great for many areas of life. The touch move rule, for example, teaches self-control and that actions have consequences. It can be painful for a kid to experience the consequences of touching a piece and subsequently losing […]

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