Author Archives: Jonathan Whitcomb

Chess Lessons From a Tutor in Murray, Utah

The chess author Jonathan Whitcomb, living in the Salt Lake Valley, is now offering private and group lessons in the royal game. Inquire at 801-590-9692 or by email contact. Whitcomb is the author of the book Beat That Kid in Chess. Although … Continue reading

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Why Playing Chess is Good for You

The two best rewards you’re likely to gain from concentrating on games of chess are simple: improved social life and improved intellectual capacity. Carelessly rushing through a chess game against a computer, however, is unlikely to help you much. One … Continue reading

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Review of Some of the Best Chess Books

The following five chess books were chosen, for this review, not for head-to-head competition but for comparing different skill levels of chess players. Each of these books may be among the best ones for each level. Chess for Children – … Continue reading

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Pawn End Games

With chess books, those on the end game are greatly outnumbered by opening books. For publications that do cover end games, positions involving pawns are most common. Let’s now consider the simplest pawn end games. Diagram-1: White to move The above … Continue reading

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Chess Books for the Novice and Post-Beginner

Three Chess Books Compared Two of these are hardback publications by Murray Chandler, a grandmaster who was (several times from 1987 to 1988) rated as the 29th best chess player in the world. The third book is a paperback by Jonathan … Continue reading

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End Game of Queen Versus Rook

Let’s examine a particular corner defense in the queen-vs-rook chess end game. We are indebted to Derek Grimmell for his studies and his videos that explain how this kind of endgame works. Diagram-1: Black to move (White threatens to win the … Continue reading

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