5 Key Decisions You Need to Make During a Chess Game

  Chess is a game of strategy and smarts, so it doesn’t actually matter how experienced your opponent is: If you can out-think them to the very last move, you can claim a victory every time.   Here are just five questions to ponder during your next chess game.   Which Game Are You Playing? Chess actually has three games in one. The opening game involves your first few moves and can immediately establish yourself as an offensive or defensive player. You can also win or lose in the opening. So be watchful! The middle game’s when pieces are captured and the pawns form the battle structure. The endgame’s when you’re closing in on your opponent or when they’re closing in on you. If you can develop one of these games into a specialty, you’ll have a much greater chance of becoming a chess champion.   How Important is your Queen? As the most powerful piece on the board, it’s an understandable impulse to protect your queen at all costs. And you should, so watch every move your opponent makes in case a tactic threatens her. But a well-timed “trade” or giving up your queen for the capturing of your opponent’s at the same time, could be a good choice if it leaves you with a slightly favorable positioning for the rest of your pieces as you enter the endgame. You’ll both be short your most versatile piece, but you won’t have to worry about tactical prowess any longer. Entering an endgame with superior piece placement can be one of your secret advantages.   Are You Controlling the Center?...

How to Set Garde Digital Chess Clock, 30/90, SD60, D5

Let’s say you want to use the clock for USCF tournament with 1st time control 30 moves in 90 minutes, 2nd time control, Game in 60 minute, all with a 5 second delay. Setting time controls that work for USCF tournaments is a bit tricky on the Garde clock, until you know what you’re looking for. On Page 8 of the manual, there is a Preset 10. This Bronstein method is not the same as delay, but is for the most part equivalent. It adds the delay after your move for the next move. So when you complete your turn, the 5 seconds are added to your displayed time. I realize there is dispute about the practical difference between Delay and Bronstein, but for the most part they accomplish the same thing. This clock is made in Germany, and FIDE time controls are the emphasis. There is also Fischer mode (increment that...

Finishing Brooklyn Castle Chess Movie

BROOKLYN CASTLE from Rescued Media on Vimeo. Amidst financial crises and unprecedented public school budget cuts I.S. 318 in Brooklyn, New York has assembled the best junior high chess team in the nation. Brooklyn Castle follows five chess team members for one year, and documents their challenges and triumphs both on and off the chessboard. See the full write up here ChessHouse and Chess4Life are helping fund the movie due out in...