|Nick at the MVCC|
|Desmond at the MVCC|
|Andrew at the State Scholastics|
|Shane at the State Scholastics|
|Alex at the State Scholastics|
|Miles at the 2011 Idaho Open|
Desmond, Miles, and Nick are spending long hours outside of chess club playing on internet servers. Alex and Shane have been tackling Chess Tempo problems. My trap book is seeing a lot of use and I have been able to share analysis of weak squares in many games between the players. And Miles, Desmond, and Shane have been also working on "Think Like a King" software. I have been providing carefully selected chapters from my workbooks, including "removing the guard" and one on "perpetual check." My lessons at this point are seemingly cliche so I have been privy to new instructional ideas, without becoming a tyrant.
Despite the studying, our players games still lack the consistency of more experienced players. There are still occasional blunders and definite straying outside of book moves (sort of like my explorations of the chess world!). While learning about the Sicilian Defense, Nick lamented that he needs some more work. I began my researches and my own education.
|Jeff Baggett and his favorite Sicilian Game.|
|Alex and Miles play "Guess the Right Move!"|
Tomorrow, I have a special post for our fund-raising efforts. Wednesday at 3 a.m. we will start our trek to Nashville and the tournament. Join this blog during the tournament for pictures and updates and games. Excitement and nervousness is high, so please comment and provide some encouragement for Idaho's first high school national championship attendee's!