Author Archives: Jonathan Whitcomb

Chess Tutoring Available in Holladay, Utah

Lessons from the chess teacher Jonathan Whitcomb I can drive to your location, or to a location convenient to both of us, if you live in or near the Salt Lake Valley of Utah. Communities most convenient to my own home in … Continue reading

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How to Handle an Old Chess Book

What’s wrong with a chess book that was published many decades ago? If you know modern algebraic notation and have never heard of descriptive notation, prepare for a surprise at what you find in that old book on chess. We’ll now examine the English … Continue reading

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Finding the Best Chess Book

Let’s consider choosing a chess book as a gift, and this can be difficult, but consider the relevant points in deciding which one to purchase and give to that special person: What is the playing level of the reader? Actually that’s only one point: the … Continue reading

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A Chess Book for the True Beginner

Beat That Kid in Chess is not actually an instruction manual for defeating a child in the royal game. It’s for improving the chess playing abilities of a raw beginner, so that person can win against other beginners. In contrast to … Continue reading

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Chess Combinations for Lower-Intermediate Players

The old chess book on tactics 1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations — that may not be the ideal training resource for the lower-intermediate player (with a strength equivalent of a USCF rating of about 1000-1200), but it can be helpful. The following … Continue reading

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