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“Forced Moves Are The Easiest”

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

My friend Keith McGuigan surprised me just now by posting the following touching sentiment out of the blue on my Facebook wall:

“Forced moves are the easiest” You know I always thought this was some chess lore from some great mind, but a google search turns up nothing. This saying, which I’ve totally integrated into my life philosophy, appears (to me) to be an Erin Dame original. If so… well done, my friend, and as it turns out, it is good advice from a great chess mind. :)

Thank you, Keith, for the kind words! To the best of my knowledge, it is an original. I’m glad to hear it has helped guide you beyond the confines of the 64 squares.


Capablanca in Modern Day Endgame Play

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

First off, big congratulations are due our new US Champion, Hikaru Nakamura. Steady play throughout the recently completed tournament netted him clear first. And thanks to Jen Shahade and all involved in pulling off such great live coverage. A most enjoyable event from the spectator’s point of view, with lots of fighting chess.

One game from close second, Robert Hess, particularly impressed and made me happy to see the great World Chess Champion Capablanca had clearly left his mark on our youth.

And earlier this month, there was this one from Kramnik:

Any guesses as to which endgame of Capablanca’s both reminded me? This brilliant masterpiece, of course!

I first encountered this game in the excellent book Capablanca’s Best Chess Endings: 60 Complete Game by Irving Chernev, which I highly recommend. I’ve read it a couple times now, and it’s due for another.

What do these games have in common? In all three, the victor allowed his opponent to capture pawns WITH CHECK in order to advance his king into attacking position.


Kosteniuk: Women’s World Chess Champion!

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

It’s official. A very tough and exciting game today, but Alexandra Kosteniuk kept her cool and saw her way through the fireworks to a claim the highest female honors in chess. Congratulations!

Still looking for the ultimate WordPress plugin for playing over *commented* games. If you know of one, please do tell.


Akobian-Friedel, Vegas 2008

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Another post about Josh?! Hey, I’ll stop blogging his games when he stops kicking     in big tournaments.  

Seriously though, I’ll be competing for the title at the NH State Championship (NH Open) in a couple weeks. I’m hoping to have a game or two of my own from that effort worthy of analyzing here.

In the meantime, this fine technical win from the recent National Open in Las Vegas was awarded fan favorite on the Monroi site for Round 5. The moves that caught my eye were 24…f4 and 58…Ne7.



Serious chess. Serious fun!