Jon BurgessIt's been our pleasure at the Evanston Chess Club to play a couple of simuls against NM Jon Burgess. The simuls were a lot of fun, but the games we played left some of us asking, "How can I play better chess against stronger players?"

So we asked Jon to talk to us about how to improve our games and be more effective when we play up. The result was a lecture given on February 22, 2011, which featured three games in which David beats Goliath: Burgess-Shulman (2004 Chicago Open), Magness-Villarreal (2009 Greater Peoria Open) and Hart-Weber (2011 USAT-North). To read the notes and analysis, visit: Burgess Lecture on

Thanks to Jon for both the lecture and for providing the materials.

by Maret