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    • Slow Quad #29: Games 3 and 4

      I haven't got much time to write these blogs at the moment, but that's ok for these two rounds, since ... well, you'll see. Round 3, my opponent had car trouble, and unfortunately couldn't make it back in time for our game to start, since it was ... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Mar 5, 2013
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    • Slow Quad #29: Game 2

      I'm very behind on these Quad game blogs, but here is Game 2, played almost a month ago. Very brief analysis included, please let me know what I got wrong, and enjoy the game. | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Mar 2, 2013
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    • BUCA Team Championships 2013

      The weekend of 16th/17th February saw 17 teams from various universities across the UK converge on High Wycombe for the BUCA (British Universities' Chess Association) Team Championship 2013. This was a 5 round Swiss, with all teams in one big sect... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Feb 20, 2013
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    • Jorvik Rapidplay Part 2/2

      If you haven't read Part 1 of this blog, it's here: http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/jorvik-rapidplay-part-12 So, we left off with myself having managed a grand total of 0.5/3 from the first 3 games of the tournament. Needless to say, not very... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Feb 3, 2013
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    • Jorvik Rapidplay Part 1/2

      So on Saturday I went to my first rapidplay event! The 4th Jorvik Rapidplay was held in the Holiday Inn in York, which is near enough to Durham for me to be able to make it. Nevertheless, it was an early start! I got up at 6am to leave the house ... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Jan 30, 2013
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    • Slow Quad #29: Game 1

      These "slow quads" are 4 player round robin tournaments organised by people over at Dan Heisman Learning Center (it pains me to spell "centre" this way but that's the name of the group!). I found the group after I saw it recommended as the best pl... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Jan 20, 2013
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    • Stonewall Dutch: A nice counter to the f3-e4 push idea!

      A while ago, I blogged about a miniature game played by Carlos Torre against Ernst Gruenfeld in the Stonewall Dutch. Here it is again, reposted: A nice game, particularly as it features a very typical plan from White players against the Stonewal... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Dec 8, 2012
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    • University vs. Durham City Friendly Match

      Tonight, I played in a friendly match for Durham University vs. the City chess club. The City put out a very strong team, with all 6 of their players rated above ECF 150. As soon as I saw the list of their ratings, I knew we were in for a tough fi... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Nov 29, 2012
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    • An evening of OTB (featuring an attacking win!)

       I managed to go to the university chess club tonight, enjoyed playing a few OTB games for a change. Definitely much more enjoyable, and I think I play better in those games than in Online on here (I tend to lose my train of thought in those game... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Nov 1, 2012
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    • Flukiest win in a while!

      So I played a 2 game match on the Live server just now, 1 White, 1 Black. Time controls were 5 minutes a side. Actually I only intended to play one game, but the first one ended a little too quickly: My opponent wanted a rematch, and I wanted to... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Oct 31, 2012
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      • | 1 comment