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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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    • Finding ways to achieve your plan!

      So I played a nice 10 minute game in Live today, and apart from being one of my better efforts in a fairly average session of blitz I thought it might illustrate that if at first your plan doesn't seem to work, find a way to make it happen! A sa... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Sep 22, 2012
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    • An excellent day for classic kingside attacks!

      I seem to have won quite a few short games today with classic kingside attacks! Here are a trio of miniatures; featured are the old Greek Gift, a Grand Prix attack gone horribly wrong and a classic Dutch kingside piece storm. Hope you enjoyed ... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Aug 20, 2012
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    • My experience at the Worcester Congress!

      Greetings! So last weekend the Worcester Chess Congress took place, and since it was within reasonable travelling distance from me (a very rare thing!) and didn't require membership of the ECF (English Chess Federation) to enter, I decided to give... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Jul 28, 2012
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    • Attacking in the Alapin Sicilian

      So I did a previous blog on attacking in the Hyper-Accelerated Dragon: http://blog.chess.com/-waller-/attacking-in-the-hyper-accelerated-sicilian which followed quite a nice game I had as Black in that variation, along with the ideas there. Chec... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Jul 11, 2012
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      • | 6 comments