2016-2017 chess sessions, camps and tournaments

The 2016-2017 Reno Scholastic Chess sessions, camps and tournaments are updated. Hopefully the kids have enjoyed the summer and even played a bit of chess The after school programs will be starting soon. Email distribution begins Monday and paper chess flyers will be coming home from the schools. We know that many people are trying […]

Chess Tournament in June

ChessKidz is proud to announce that the In Search of Future Masters tournament has been organized for June 3 and 4 at Brookfield School. This is an event that is open to all the students in the Reno/Sparks area and may even see some participation from children from neighboring states. It is a non-elimination tournament […]

Famous Chess Quotes

“When you see a good move, look for a better one” (Emanuel Lasker) “The Pin is mightier than the sword” (Fred Reinfeld) “We cannot resist the fascination of sacrifice, since a passion for sacrifices is part of a Chessplayer’s nature” (Rudolf Spielman) “All I want to do, ever, is just play Chess” (Bobby Fischer) “A […]

A new ChessKidz look

As our first recent blog post we at ChessKidz believe that it would be fitting to announce that DEW Foundation made it possible for this amazing new website. We want to say thank you very much for helping us further the mission of promoting chess as a technique for lifelong learning! They have done this […]

Some Benefits of Chess

Life-skills Learned from a Game: Children enjoy their leisure time with activities that are easily available. Teachers, parents, and other family influences encourage children to participate in programs that provide benefits to his or her learning and development. So what kind of activity is easily available and provides developmental benefits? The answer is chess! Chess […]

The Amateur’s Mind

If your rating is anywhere from 1000 to 1900 you can find some value in working through The Amateur’s Mind by IM Jeremy Silman for a guide to improving your play. The main ideas are much like his book Reassess Your Chess, but this work has more material dealing with some of the thought processes […]

Learn to Lose Well

I recently read an old book titled Bringing Out the Best in People by Alan Loy McGinnis and it made me think a lot about what motivated me to want to spend a lifetime digging into analysis and research on a topic so obscure as chess. Being that I am a student and practitioner of […]

Think Like a Grandmaster

Alexander Kotov said in his book Think Like a Grandmaster, a grandmaster must: 1: Be well up in modern opening theory. 2: He must know and keep in his memory the principles behind typical middle game positions learned from both games of his own and from those of other players. The more you know and […]

Pro Chess DVD

About three years ago I was analyzing the Pro Chess DVD by GM Yasser Seirawan and decided to create an outline for myself and others to follow along with. It helps to see each idea visually on paper while watching the video and interpreting the information from your TV or PC screen. Follow along and […]

De Legal’s Mate

A famous chess game that was recorded back in 1750 in Paris France and played by Kermur Sire De Legal is a short game that shows the importance of bringing out pieces instead of making too many pawn moves at the wrong time. This games tactical pattern can be seen in other openings and games […]

Rapid Chess Improvement

Back in 2005 I picked up a book at the local Borders book store titled Rapid Chess Improvement by Michael de la Maza. After using the program and integrating a study time to solve puzzles into my schedule, a rapid chess improvement was attained. I believe that the system Michael proposes with the chess vision […]

Larry Evans, a Simultaneous Game

I tried everything to post this in some of the cool new technology available out there, but that battle got the best of me tonight. Next time I will try to provide a pgn viewer to make it easier for your benefit. On the other hand I did include some diagrams and the annotation for […]

A Master’s Drive

In December of 2004 I had the pleasure of teaching a winter-break chess program at the Saint John’s Presbyterian Church in San Francisco for two weeks. During this time is when I met Nicholas Nip who became the youngest USCF Master in history shortly after in 2008. I remember thinking about how intently he looked […]