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King's Island Round 1

2013 is the first year I've played in the King's Island Open in Mason, OH. At 359 total players this year it's the biggest tournament I went to by a pretty wide margin (not that the Cardinal Open or the Columbus Open were great slouches), and I wanted to play well. The tournament was good and bad for me, it was bookended by some pretty bad games in the first and last rounds (and one in the middle but I got extremely lucky to swindle that into a win), but I was playing in the U1900 section with a 1776 rating. The good was that I broke 1800 after the event and was very happy about that! Committed to learning all I can from my games and continue my quest to become a NM (1 1/2 years of my 10-year goal span gone!) I will bring to you all my games from this tournament. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Enjoy round 1!



  • 20 months ago


    You could try the Skorpion (de), Na6 and Nh6.  

  • 20 months ago


    It's less that I "dislike" facing d4 and more that I've never settled on a response that I've enjoyed playing as much as I do playing 1.e4 c5 I've dabbled briefly with the Chigorin, but don't think I've ever played it OTB, maybe a good opening to work with. I also played. 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 Nc6 for a while with decent results but stopped for no particular reason that I can remember. 

  • 20 months ago


    Just a quick remark for the moment -- you can't dislike facing d4.  

    If you like I can show you how to play the Chigorin against 1 d4 d5 2 c4.  You'll get great positions if you can memorize my book, and get good results from those positions after a few hundreds games of blitz for seasoning.

    In fact, results should be even more crushing against 1800 players.  Hmmm?  Hmmm?

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