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Hallucinations At The US Open

Hallucinations At The US Open

U.S. Open took place from August 1st to 9th in Phoenix,AZ. Despite the terrible heat of the desert, the resort hosting the tournament is probably one of the nicest ones I’ve ever stayed in and the company was exquisite, making the tournament a very pleasant…

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the YouTube venture

the YouTube venture

A few days ago I decided to create a YouTube channel. Many of my students are asking me about ways of improving their game, sites to go to, books to read, etc. While there is an incredible amount of information out there, I feel like…

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Extended visit in St Louis

Extended visit in St Louis

The US Championship finished on April 13th and my flight was scheduled for the 15th. After a night of chess partying and many calories burned on the dancefloor, I took the impulsive decision to extend my stay in St. Louis and participating in the upcoming…

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philly open and a visit to the best chess club

philly open and a visit to the best chess club

Last year’s Philadelphia open was a successful tournament. Despite my last round loss I still shared 3rd, packed about a dozen rating points, and a decent check. This year was much better than that! I have to admit that my chess preparation for this tournament…

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Never lose focus

Never lose focus

Today is the first time I played a different sport other than chess with one of my students. I always try to emphasize to them how important physical exercise is when it comes to playing good chess. The biggest names in athlete training have always…

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meeting new friends

meeting new friends

This past Thursday I was invited by a fairly young startup to give a lecture and play the team at a small office in downtown San Francisco. The company’s name is Opendoor and they are trying to revolutionize the home selling market as they aim…

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US Class 2014

The last two years I missed the Halloween party, last year was for the simple reason that I was not able to find a party to go to, this year the reason for missing this awesome celebration was a bit more substantial, I had to…

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5 training rules for chess professionals

The past few weeks have been a marathon, a marathon in which I was the only participant, a marathon in which I was my only opponent. Living a life in which you don’t have a steady job to go to in the morning is not…

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CalChess State Championship, a messy rollercoaster

CalChess State Championship, a messy rollercoaster

There was not a lot of time to rest or relax after my moving hustle that has been the norm for the past few weeks. I had to remember that I’m a chessplayer in profession and that I have to do what I do best,…

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  • Union Square

    Union Square

  • cable car

    cable car

  • Lombard street

    Lombard street

  • Alcatraz prison

    Alcatraz prison

new beginnings

For the past few days I have been moving from one place to another, the whole process was extremely tiring as well as time consuming. In the meantime I also had to continue giving chess lessons, work on my own chess preparation, as well as…

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