Friday, January 11, 2013

Wanted to give a "BIG" welcome to
"Shelby County Chess"
who will now be posting local chess happenings for you all to enjoy. 

Shelby County Chess continues to bring the best in Chess Masters to the Memphis area and offers the most outstanding Chess Programs in both public and private Memphis area schools. Hands down!

I hope you will enjoy their addition and news. I have found old passions of the past, that have taken my attention to this blog in a different direction.  However, never doubt, I am still around, still watching, and will raise my head now and then whenever deemed necessary.

In the mean time, I know that the author for "Shelby County Chess", will be most dedicated to submitting meaningful post to the better advancement of Chess in the Memphis area.

Home is where I'll be.

"HOME" by Daughtry

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Come Jam at the Chess Jamboree!

Be sure to take part in this great tournament held over Martin Luther King weekend...

The 3rd Annual Memphis Chess Jamboree!

Sunday & Monday, January 20-21
The Jewish Community Center
6560 Poplar Ave.

This holiday weekend is "jammed" with chess to the max. On Sunday there will be both a Simul against IM Jake Kleiman and a Blitz Tournament. The following day we will have an Open Tournament with cash prizes and a Scholastic Tournament for students!

You can find more details and register online @

Lunch will also be available for purchase at the cafe on-site.  See you at the Jamboree!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Announcing the newest club to the Memphis area!

Welcome to

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

The Edge Coffee House

532 S. Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104

This new club for chess players (Ages 16+) will be hosted every Thursday evening featuring casual play and tournaments. Wind down after a hard day of work by bringing your chess set, your clock (if available), and your friends over to The Edge Coffee House, and treat yourself to a relaxing night of fun and camaraderie along with some good chess games!

Food service is available on site for purchase along with some fantastic coffee for those of you who are true java connoisseurs! The Midtown Chess Club will have its Grand Opening this Thursday evening, Sept. 20th, and if you are one of the chess aficionados in the greater Memphis area, you will definitely want to get in on the ground floor of this weekly event. Please remember that this Club is for players ages 16 and over, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation with this request.

Mark your calendar now, because in two days you need to be at the

Midtown Chess Club at 7 p.m. for

"Opening Night!"

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Chess in the Land of the Delta Blues

BRAVO to the distinguished winners of the 2012 US Amateur South Championship !

What an honor for Memphis to host a
United States Chess Federation Tournament here on home ground.
The thrill for these winners, which now hold a recognized title. 
For the second year in a row, this championship tournament
has been brought to Memphis by Shelby County Chess. 

If you didn't find the courage to play in the tournament this year,
be sure and watch for the details to be announced for the one next year.

Covered on the USCF website:

Reserve Co-Champion Kamron Jafari (left) &
2012 US Amateur South Champion George Woodbury (right)
pictured with their Coach, IM Jake Kleiman (center)

"George Woodbury III, a rising Sophomore at the University of Chicago, is contesting the stereotype of the chessplayer who gives up the game after his time on the Scholastic Circuit. In-between his studies, he has participated in the collegiate club and still found time to keep his game polished & notably sharp. Players asserted that his no-nonsense style & solid technique won him his title.

The Reserve section was characteristic of many under sections: more upsets than expected results, with players regularly coming out of the tournament hall shaking heads & asking "what was his rating again?”

With the top five boards in Round One drawing or going down in defeat, everyone knew that the tournament was anyone’s to win. Kamron Jafari, who studies with Mid-South Chess (Coached by Memphis’ own International Master Jake Kleiman), took a more traditional approach of jumping into the lead & holding it with two solid draws approaching the finish line.

Hayden Henson, after holding the top seed in the section to an opening round draw, had to play up for most of the event (rated only 1257, his post-event rating jumped to 1435!), yet he still needed to produce a clutch victory in the last round to make a fitting finale to his run."

Visiting guests to the US Amateur South: GM Kacheishvili, GM Hess, & IM-elect Coleman (standing, left to right) observe games in progress in the main hall. Reserve Co-Champion Hayden Henson also pictured (seated, right, in red shirt)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Once per year! Get a shot at a national title.








ADDED ATTRACTION: VIP guests, Grandmasters Stripunsky, Robert Hess, Georgi Kacheishvili, and International Master Teddy Coleman who will greet you, offer photo ops, and give autographs. SPECIAL FEATURE; A HIGH-END LUNCH BUFFET FOR A VERY REASONABLE PRICE REGISTRATION: Cajun Chess NOTE: THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE 2012 US Amateur South Chess Championship

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Well now you can chew on this for awhile!

Winingest Coach - what should it mean?

What does or should an athlete look for in a coach? Do you really think the term “winingest” is at the top of the list? If they are serious about their sport, and plan on going as far as possible in it, then there must be other qualities that are much more important.

If I could ask some famous and successful coaches such as Paul “Bear” Bryant – Auburn University Football, Tom Landry – Dallas Cowboys, Billy Beane – Oakland Atheletes, Pat Riley NBA Miami Heat (widely regarded as one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time), Josh Pastner – Memphis Tigers, or any number of other renowned coaches, did being the winingest coach make you win the next game or season? I doubt any of them would say that just being the “winingest coach” made them a great one or could even guarantee their players next game would be a win. I doubt they would equate being the winingest coach to what made their teams successful and winning, at all.

It seems somewhat like putting the “HORSE BEFORE THE CART”.

I would venture to say that being many things such as:

Always safety minded.

Experienced and has a high level of ability.

Knowledge in every detail of the game.

Program planning for the individual player, not just for the team.




Builds self-esteem, no intimidation or embarrassment

Involved in a network, has connections to advance the players level of play.

Has self character and high morale standings

Surrounded by assistants and support personal with the same goals, character and high morale standings

Inspires their player

Makes it possible to have a good time and make it fun.

Has the ability to turn losses into teaching lessons and encouragement.

Life skills, what is often taught in a youth sport activity will carry on to lessons that are later applied in their lives. Especially perspectives on losing, hardships and even wining, good sportsmanship, fair play, being honest and having integrity are all important to playing well with others, and growing into responsible adults.

Knows when and how to be flexible,

Understands the player as an individual.

A good communicator, no yelling and certainly no obscenities!

Takes time to listen.

Interacts with parents as well as with the player equally.

Challenges their players and themselves to do better, to grow, and continue to develop new skills.

Being all of the above, is what it is all about. The winning part just naturally follows. But, having to use bragging rights based on figments of imagination and ones own grandeur never enter into the real scheme of things. If anything, would be harmful.

So therefore, I would put the term “winingest coach” at the very bottom of the list, if on the list at all, when considering a coach for my child.

Definitely not one that is so insecure in their own abilities that they have to lavish around the title like it makes them better than any other.

You would never hear Bryant, Landry, Beane, Pastner or any other amazing, truly award wining coach having to refer to themselves as the “winingest”. Did they want to win, of course they did. Did winning mean something in their repertoire, I am sure it did, or else what was the objective. But, did being the winingest help make them win at the beginning of each season or any given game for that matter? No, it was their coaching skills that put them where they were, and if their team ended up being the winingest that season, well then that was just the icing on the cake!

It’s never about just winning; it’s about how you play the game. Winning comes from doing all of the above. Not the other way around. No folks, winingest doesn’t make you a good coach.

There are plenty of wrong ways one can employ to be a “winingest coach”.

Oh yes, and I almost forgot! Let's just put the stats to bed. They really aren't important when it comes to being the "BEST COACH" for any child.


For Whitney!