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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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      • | 1 comment
    • 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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      • | 10 comments
    • 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
    • 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
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    • Staunton Gambit: Dangerous?

      Modern theory tells us that the Staunton Gambit against the Dutch Defence (1.d4 f5 2.e4) is now equal or better for Black with best play. But below the top levels, the gambit still sees a lot of play, it's not considered a bad weapon for White! Th... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Jun 28, 2012
      • | 650 views
      • | 1 comment
    • The d5 hole in the Najdorf and other Sicilians

      Just played a 15 minute game online, which I thought made excellent use of the common d5 hole in the Sicilian Defence, particularly in Najdorf variations where Black pushes e5 early. Often I find myself sacrificing too much initiative/piece qualit... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Jun 26, 2012
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      • | 5 comments
    • The Tal Caro-Kann: Surprise Weapon or Strong Move?

      The Tal Variation of the Caro-Kann is 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4!? It's an uncommon line, but not as rare as might be thought. A lot of Caro-Kann players seem to be of the opinion that:  - 4.h4 is too commital and allows Black to plan with ... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Jun 16, 2012
      • | 610 views
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    • Spassky handles the Maroczy Bind

      In one of my previous blogs I talked a bit about a couple of the merits of the Hyper-Accelerataed Dragon against the regular Dragon:  - Less theoretical means less work for me - also maybe avoids the preparation of my opponent since quite an ear... | Read More

      • -waller-
      • | Jun 15, 2012
      • | 592 views
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