Author Archives: Jonathan D. Whitcomb

About Jonathan D. Whitcomb

Chess instructor

Chess Instruction in the Salt Lake City Area

By the chess teacher Jonathan Whitcomb, of Murray, Utah Before I go into details on how I teach chess lessons in Utah, lets look at a game I recently played with a child. Playing a chess game with a student … Continue reading

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Resources for Chess Beginners

By a chess coach in the Salt Lake City area of Utah: Jonathan Whitcomb How do you improve, learning to play chess better? Consider the following basic tools that can help chess beginners make better moves in the royal game, even winning games. Introduction: Compare … Continue reading

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Chess Lessons in the United States

By the chess tutor in Murray, Utah, Jonathan Whitcomb None of the following is meant as any endorsement of any chess instructor except me, Jonathan Whitcomb (in the Salt Lake Valley). I take no responsibility for the words or actions … Continue reading

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Ropen – a Featherless Flying Creature

By the nonfiction cryptozoology author Jonathan David Whitcomb The Gitmo Encounter of 1971 What is unusual about a U.S. Marine, stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1971, observing two large pterodactyls flying by? The answer would shock most Westerners including most … Continue reading

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Chess Book Review Resources

Chess publications for beginners and more advanced players Five new books on the royal game: Beat That Kid in Chess Chess Masterpieces Chess Openings (by Longman) Reaching the Top The Lazy Man’s Sicilian Giving a Chess Book as a Gift … Continue reading

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Using a Knight Fork

For those with an eye for this tactic, the knight fork may come up in many chess games, especially when the opponent has little experience with it. We often see it in chess books. There’s nothing new about this tactic, but … Continue reading

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Five New Chess Books

These brief reviews of English-language chess books are of those recently published, not those whose publication dates are after November 4, 2015. Only the paperback versions are included here, and the prices are the ones offered by Amazon on November 5th. Beat … Continue reading

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Comparing Two Chess Books

Introduction The new book, Beat That Kid in Chess (BTKC), and the older publication, The Kids’ Book of Chess (KBC), have two things in common: From the covers, both books appear to be for children Both of them encourage person-to-person chess combat … Continue reading

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