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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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    • An interesting struggle

      I lost this game, but it was a very interesting struggle, first over a congested centre, then over a more open queenside. The end was a double-edged affair - I think I found a path to an advantage by going straight for his king and getting it befo... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Jul 7, 2012
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    • A couple of wins - different styles!

      A couple of 15 minute games, both wins, against the same player. In the first one I got a solid position in a Sicilian whilst messing up his queenside, and I was able to mop up his tattered queenside to win without much trouble. He then invited me... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Jul 4, 2012
      • | 525 views
      • | 1 comment