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The House of Staunton $500 Chess Set Giveaway!ShowYourStaunton Contest Winners

 

Most - if not all - of you know that, here at the House of Staunton, we've been holding a sweepstakes contest during the pandemic. In the midst of the stress and burnout of living in quarantines and working from home, we wanted to bring a smile to our customers' faces. We appreciate everyone's participation!

World Chess Championship and Kids

 

In November of 2018, Fabiano Caruana challenged Magnus Carlsen for the World Chess Championship. He was the first US-born player to play in a World Championship match since Bobby Fischer triumphed over Boris Spassky in Reykjavik in 1972 and the first US player to play for the title since Gata Kamsky in 2009. Though Fabiano didn’t win, we remain excited about the prospect of another American World Champion, and there is no reason that kids can’t get excited, too!

Chess Parenting: Being good at chess has nothing to do with it

Most chess parents know very little about chess. Their kids quickly surpass them leaving the parents to wonder “How can I help?” Simple… provide chess opportunities!



Becoming a Tournament Director

One of the best ways for chess parents to become involved in chess is to become a tournament director, or TD. As you are probably aware, a TD is a USChess-sanctioned official who runs rated chess competitions. If you are sick and tired of being bored, sitting around, and waiting while your child finishes their round, you can get involved and become a TD!

Getting Involved In Scholastic Chess

Maybe your child just learned to play chess and wants to find new opponents and places to play. While there are a lot of opportunities to play chess across the county, it can be difficult to find a game if you do not know where to look. Another way to get involved is to help your state affiliate or even USChess!

 

  When is Resigning a Game ok?    

“Quitters never win, and winners never quit” is always true in chess. However, from a parent’s perspective, what expectations should you have of your kids? Let’s explore it. Compare the two statements made by kids at a recent chess tournament:


“I quit because he was winning.”
“I quit because in 3 moves he was going to checkmate me with his rook and knight – I was helpless.”

How to Learn from the Best

There are two ways to guarantee improvement in your chess play. The first is to review and analyze your own games, learning from your own mistakes. The second is to review the games of strong masters, so that you can try to play like “the best.” There are several reasons to study the games of the old masters, and they aren’t just a history lesson!

Master games contain lessons in the opening, middlegame, and ending.

Chess Notation Handout

Taking chess notation occurs when a player writes down his or her moves using the coordinates alongside the chess board. In the diagram above, you can see the X in the middle of the board. This X is marking the “e4” square. The arrows show you why that square is e4 because that square lines up with the e-file and the 4th rank. There are many ways to notate chess moves and each style has its own name and symbols. This handout will teach the simplest version of notation.

  Ups and Downs of Chess

Whenever you play chess, you must learn how to cope with the ups and downs of chess. As a chess instructor, I regularly tell people “I am in the business of teaching people how to lose constructively.” Like anything, chess can be full of obstacles. Interestingly, the obstacles in chess are almost always you.

 

Types of Chess Books

There are two ways to guarantee improvement in your chess play. The first is to review and analyze your own games, learning from your own mistakes. The second is to review the games of strong masters, so that you can try to play like “the best.” There are several reasons to study the games of the old masters, and they aren’t just a history lesson!

 

Getting Involved in Chess

One of the greatest things about chess is there are so many ways to get involved. Here are some ways people regularly take up chess as a lifelong hobby:

They want to grow their rating through tournament play
They appreciate chess books for reading
Some people like to collect chess books but rarely read them

  Parents - Get Started in Chess

 

If you are a parent getting involved with chess, it can be overwhelming to know where to start or what to do. I’m going to make life a little easier for you if you’ll bear with me for a little while. To get involved at chess you will need to consider 3 key ideas:

 

Endgames Explained
 

The question of “When does the endgame begin and the middlegame end?” is one many people struggle to answer. Similarly, to the definitions of openings and middlegames, there is no clear definition of the endgame. However, it generally occurs after a period of liquidation (trading of pieces) when both sides only have pawns and a couple of pieces.

Openings

One of the reasons there are so many different resources for learning chess (books, software, coaches, articles, blogs, videos, etc…) is because chess games can be broken down to 3 different phases. Each phase has its own principles and mysteries for players to learn and uncover. The next 3 articles will explain each phase and share resources to help you learn about the phases of the games.

  Middlegames Explained

The most common question is “When does the Opening end and the Middlegame begin?” Like the definition of an opening, there really is not a specific definition that can guide you about the middlegame. However, the idea of having a strong opening means you will have a playable middlegame. “Playable” suggests your opening will have given you some long-term strategies to pursue that can be used to determine what moves to play.

Experiencing Failure
 

Yes, your first-time-chess-club-going-beginner-level kindergartner will be ready for tournaments much sooner than you think. Not only do these little tykes play in tournaments, they win! So why should you bother going to chess tournaments anyway?

Chess Clock Time Controls

There are many different types of time controls in chess. For those that don’t know, a time control is the amount of time each side gets during a tournament. Here is a quick primer on common time controls that occur in US Chess tournaments. But before we get into time controls, you must understand about time delay and increment clock rules.

  Chess Equipment

“I want to buy my son some chess equipment. But there is so much! Do you have any suggestions?” is an all too common question asked of me. So, here is a thorough walkthrough on how to buy chess equipment.

 

Analyzing Your Chess Games
 

Every player eventually must face an undeniable truth: do I want to put effort into improving at chess or do I want to stagnate? If you’re interested in improving, the crucial skill you must develop is analyzing your own games. There are different levels to this skill which I will share with you and I will like you to products along the way that will help you.

The Staunton Chessmen History

The Staunton Chessmen History dates to the Spring of 1849 when the design was registered to Nathaniel Cooke. The Staunton Pattern was later manufactured and offered to the public for sale in the Fall of 1849 by the company of John Jaques of London. The design of the chess pieces was named after the self-proclaimed world champion, Howard Staunton, an English Shakespearean scholar.

Notation

 

“Is that a dry erase board you’re using?” I said to a fellow chess player around 15 years ago.

“Yes, it is” he said with an overtone of how obvious my observation was.

“If you notate on a dry erase board, how do you save your games?”

“I don’t – I just do it because the rules say so. Good luck.”

        The Steinitz Series Luxury Chess Pieces
 

Offered here is a set of Reproduction Jaques Steinitz Chessmen, Boxwood and Ebony, weighted. The Jaques Steinitz-style Chessmen were originally produced between 1865 and 1870. 

The Library Collection - The Zukertort Series Luxury Chess Pieces

Offered here is a reproduction of the Jaques Zukertort Style Staunton Chessmen, created by noted Staunton authority, Frank Camaratta. It is an exact rendition of the Zukertort Style Staunton Chessmen as they appeared in 1875. An image comparing the original with our reproduction is shown here. The original Jaques Zukertort chessmen are shown on the bottom of the image.

The Library Collection - The Anderssen Dropjaw Series Luxury Chess Pieces

A reproduction of the antique Jaques Anderssen Drop-Jaw Library-size Chessmen, circa 1862, created by noted Staunton authority, Frank Camaratta. This style was produced by Jaques between 1856 and 1864. 

After New Boom in Chess, Will Chess Also Have a New Bust?

When Bobby Fischer became World Champion in 1972, chess in the United States had a boom like never before. The interest in chess exploded, newspapers across the country after New Boom in Chess, Will Chess Also Have a New Bust?y started having chess columns, chess personalities became minor celebrities and the United States Chess Federation saw unprecedented growth in its membership, new members entered chess clubs across the country and, in fact, across the western hemisphere.