Author Archives: Jon Whitcomb

Chess Lessons in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah

By the chess teacher Jonathan Whitcomb of Murray, Utah The following chess game I played, late in 2016, against a beginner in the Salt Lake Valley. This brief online chess lesson may be helpful to other beginners, although the best way … Continue reading

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Chess Instruction by Private Lessons

I’m Jonathan Whitcomb, of Murray, Utah, author of the book Beat That Kid in Chess, and I’m now offering my services as a chess coach in the Salt Lake Valley. I can drive to your location, if you live in or near the communities … Continue reading

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Beat Your Dad or a Kid?

This is a double book review: How to Beat Your Dad at Chess (by Chandler) – best for intermediate players Beat That Kid in Chess (by Whitcomb) – best for “raw” beginners The first is not really about defeating your … Continue reading

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The Value of Nearly-Identical Positions (NIP)

Before September of 2015, very few chess book reviews mentioned the nearly-identical positions (NIP) method of instruction in the royal game. Beat That Kid in Chess was then published, perhaps the first chess book every written that systematically uses NIP in helping … Continue reading

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