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Chess life in Puerto Rico

                                                                                                  Written by (WIM) Raluca Sgircea

Chess is slowly gaining popularity in the small island of Puerto Rico. More and more kids are attracted by the game and start taking it seriously. The growing interest and competitiveness is probably the reason why Puerto Rico has so many young talented chess players. For almost two months, we have been lucky enough to be part of the chess community here and we can say that there is always some chess event going on!

The reigning national champion (in every possible category – women, open and juniors), (WIM) Danitza Vazquez, aged 15, is doing a great job promoting chess in Puerto Rico. For the holidays, she held a simultaneous exhibition where players of all ages tried to make a good result against the talented youngster.

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The start of the games

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Boosting of self-confidence

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Some players got a little help…

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The fight is getting more intense as the games advance

In January, all chess enthusiasts were invited by Renier to a two-hour training session followed by a simultaneous in a very popular place: Le Petit Bistro, located in the mall Plaza Las Americas of San Juan.… Read more

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6 Chess Apps for Kids



Very often we get questions about apps kids can use to learn or improve their chess. We were aware of apps to solve puzzles and play chess, but they were not all suitable for kids who are just starting to discover the magic of chess. That being said, we spent the last couple of days having fun and trying some chess apps designed for kids.

Here’s our recommendation:

Chess for Kids. FREE, offers in-app purchases. We found this app that’s offered by chess.com easy to use, with a friendly interface and very useful for kids. They can learn the rules with the short introductory video, solve puzzles in order to sharpen their tactical vision and practice what they’ve learned versus computers of different ratings (from 400 to 2200) or online, against other children.

Coach Jay’s Chess Academy. FREE, offers in-app purchases. The app is structured in 5 levels and teaches kids very important concepts: checkmate, defense, endgame, strategy and tactics.… Read more

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Living Chess Festival in Javea

The 19th edition of the living chess festival took place in Javea (also known as Xabia, in valenciano), Spain, on Saturday night, 25th of July.The “Ajedrez Viviente de Javea” is a theatrical group , who has been trying to bring chess closer to people through acting. The festival has already a long tradition and, every year since 1996 (excepting 2012), the children have been playing a famous chess game. They have brought on the chessboard “Don Quijote”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Asterix and Obelix” and, in 2006, even obtained the rights to play “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” from no other than the the author herself, J.K. Rowling.

This year, it was the game between Garry Kasparov and Boris Gelfand, played in Linares, in 1991. On a huge chessboard, the actors combine chess, culture and history.

This edition showed the life and habits of the native Americans, as well as their relationship to the “White Man”, who arrived in the “Far West”.… Read more

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