23. Please note that I have put a new link on our website that presents several chackmate games for various openings to help you with your openings as well as your your midgames and your endgames: For an example, Click here.


You can access all of the checkmate games at: Click here. 22. I found a free Android app called Chess Coordinates. It shows a chessboard and indicates the square that you should touch, e.g., e4 or h7. Each time you touch a correct square, it gives you another challenge. Then after 30 seconds it shows you how many you identified, e.g. 11/3 means eleven right and three wrong. If you have an Android phone load the free app and see if you can beat my current record of 14/0. It's a pretty good app that should help us to improve our Algebraic Notation skills that we will be working on extensively next year.


21. Scholarship Program for Dallas Chess Club Friday Night Tournaments


20. Checkers is for wimps; it's an easy draw!


19. CLICK HERE to see the latest ChessTempo statistics for our leading club members.


18. Stories about the Parkland Florida Tragedy - February 14, 2018


Wear your protest bracelets until our Local, State, and Federal Governments take appropriate action to address our continuing crisis:    Frequent School Massacres and American Gun Violence.


                The Gun Law Discussion        #NeverAgain


17. DISD has not approved or attempted to initiate our proposed fund raiser campaign for the victims of the Sable Ridge apartment fire, so I have another idea. I am now wearing my Sable Ridge bracelet in support of more than three thousand students who were assaulted in Parkland, Florida on Valentine's Day. Seventeen students and teachers were killed. Students and friends across the country are making various efforts to support the Parkland students. This incident could easily have happened instead at Conrad or Tasby, or at any other school in Texas. Many Conrad/Tasby/Hotchkiss/Lowe students are now wearing their Sable Ridge bracelets to take a stand that OUR LIVES MATTER MORE THAN NRA BRIBES TO CONGRESS AND OUR PRESIDENT. Get a free bracelet if you want to join the protest against all gun violence in our schools and neighborhoods.


I pledge to protest against our president and all members of congress who are unwilling to do anything about gun control. Those politicians love their million-dollar bribes from the NRA. I intend to wear my bracelet until congress and our president proceed with effective gun control. I will vote against any candidate who takes NRA blood money. I will continue to protest against their shameful inaction as long as I am able to do so.


16. A farmer has a fox, a chicken, and a bag of corn that he wants to move to the other side of the river, using his small rowboat. If he leaves the fox and chicken together unsupervised, the fox will eat the chicken. But if he leaves the chicken and the corn together unsupervised, the chicken will eat the corn. His dilemma is that his boat is too small to carry more than one item (fox, chicken, or corn) on each trip across the river.


How many trips does it take for the farmer to get the fox, the chicken, and the corn intact to the other side of the river? There is only one correct answer. No, Aung, the chicken cannot fly across the river. (This is a lot like a ChessTempo problem, isn't it?)


15. Start the day with a smile, and get it over with. W. C. Fields


14. Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. - President Dwight D. Eisenhower


13. There are three types of people in the world: those who can count and those who cannot.


12. I have adopted a policy to refrain from making on-line chess moves against Club opponents between 11PM and 7AM, so that I do not take advantage by running opponents' clocks overnight.


11. We had to cancel the January 27 tournament, but we intend to reschedule it in the near future.


10. Don't forget the tournament this Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 8 AM to 3 PM. We will each play our first three games on ChessTempo: First round, Sicilian 30 minutes; Second round, Spanish 30 minutes; Third round, French 30 minutes. Our Fourth, Fifth, (and maybe Sixth) rounds will be played on the boards (45 minutes each, with 10-minute clocks at 30 minutes elapsed, as necessary). Free pizza will be served at lunch. Additional snacks will also be provided. Individual prizes are as follows: First Prize - a brand new 2018 Ferrari*, Second Prize - a 65-inch TV*, and Third Prize (to be determined). *First and second prizes are subject to change if President Trump does not donate a Ferrari and a 65-inch TV for this tournament.


9. To be removed from the Hall of Shame, simply make your move against jerryi, and email a removal request to jerry@sbranch.org (or jerryi@sbranch.org or coach@sbranch.org or chesscoach@sbranch.org or coachjerry@sbranch.org or mrjerry@sbranch.org or mr.jerry@sbranch.org or drjerry@sbranch.org or dr.jerry@sbranch.org or jerryisaacs or jerry-isaacs@sbranch.org or jerry_isaacs@sbranch.org or jerry.isaacs@sbranch.org or webmaster@sbranch.org).


8. We are having an intramural (Tasby/Conrad) tournament at Tasby from 8 AM until about 4 PM on Saturday, January 27, 2018. It will be a five-round tournament, similar to the ones that most of us have attended. If you have friends at Tasby or Conrad who play chess, but who are not in chess club, you can invite them to attend also. No trophies, but we will have pizza for lunch (and other junk food as well). Maybe some special lottery prizes. It will be a lot of fun. This will be a real tournament, but also a party. If this is successful, we will try to schedule a big tournament as a major Chess Club fundraiser soon (probably at Conrad). We will have additional discussions in the near future.


7. A prime number is an integer greater than 1 that cannot be formed by multiplying two smaller integers. : e.g., 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17.... As of January 2018, the largest known prime number has 23,249,425 digits. Around 300 BC, Euclid proved that infinitely many prime numbers exist, so no number can be the largest prime number. As of October 2017, the largest known prime gap is 1510. It occurs between the prime numbers 6,787,988,999,657,777,797 and 6,787,988,999,657,779,307 (~7 quintillion). How many 2-digit prime numbers are there? First, make a guess, and then write them all down and count them. It should only take a few minutes to do so: 11, 13, 17, 19, ...., 97.


6. Approximately 20 Members (How horrible! Dreadful! Shocking!) have not moved against jerryi since 1/17/18. If they do not move on 1/18 they will be considered for demotion to our new 'Slugs and Sloths' Member Status. An updated list of our 'Slugs and Sloth' Members is now linked on our main page [Hall of Shame] to encourage appropriate peer pressure from our better behaving Club Members. Check it out.


5. If you intend to participate in Chess Club, check to make sure that you are currently playing against jerryi on ChessTempo and that you make at least one move against jerryi every day. Disinterested players (AKA Slugs and Sloths) will be moved to a new membership category on the Chess Club Roster, and their eligibility for certain benefits will be reduced or eliminated (e.g., special treats that jerryi might bring to reward Active Club Members).


4. [Best Chess Coach - 2017]


3. On Thursday, January 11 Four games were turned in between Rodrigo and Paul. Only two of the games were valid 30-day correspondence games. Please remember that you are only allowed to play games with specified 8-move openings. We do not want to waste valuable playing time with bad openings.


2. UT Dallas is a nearby university with an excellent chess program. Please spend a few minutes watching the following video.


[UT Dallas Chess Program]


1. Continue to work diligently on CT Standard Tactics problems, and let Coach Jerry know when you reach active status with a rating of 1100 or higher, so that he can promote you to Senior Member and upgrade your ChessTempo membership status to Gold. Improve your chess skills by playing online against several club members at all times. Disciplined practice will greatly improve our chances to obtain Individual and Club tournament trophies during the spring semester. Please take advantage of this opportunity.