For me there could have been no better way to celebrate my 20th birthday than to enjoy teaching chess at the 2014 Des Moines Chess Camp! Chess is my all-time favorite game, invigorating the mind and challenging it to ever deeper thought. So, when Hank Anzis, who introduced me to tournament chess years ago and blogs at Broken Pawn, asked if I'd be interested in teaching at the chess camp again, I enthusiastically agreed!
The first day of camp started at 10:00 A.M. While Frank started the day for the fun class by teaching how to avoid Scholar's Mate, I taught the serious class by going over three of my own chess games and pointing out the mistakes and good moves of both sides. Below are a few tips I gave the students, which all chess players would do well to heed.