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    • Making lemonade and baiting

      Once again, I find myself in the position of being needed as a sub in the Art of War intramural 3. This time, my opponent is Kskonge, another one of my favorites.  (Who am I kidding?  I pretty much love ALL my teammates!).   KsKonge and I had a... | Read More

    • AOW Intramural 3 -- A sub comes through!

      The DHLC (Dan Heisman Learning Center) often hosts inhouse Swiss style tournaments and in order to mix it up some, some of the earlier Swiss events allowed the players to be on teams.  Some time ago (WOW! It's been over a year and a half already!... | Read More

    • A storm is coming!

      For the purposes of learning, this was a game where I got quite a bit of guidance.   I started off on my own and my opponent made some dodgy moves on purpose but it happened to have a good opportunity to "pawn storm".  I've lost from someone paw... | Read More

    • Swiss 13 - Round 6 -- ATTACK THE PIN!

      Swiss 13, round 6 This has not been a very good swiss.   I really hadn't shown to any of my games and lost them quite quickly.  I had been assigned opponents that were far stronger than I am and it was a bit discouraging.  I tried to put up a ... | Read More

    • OUCH -- caught in a trap

      Well... this was a disaster.  No two ways about it.  Disaster start to finish despite the prep. Recall my goals: 1.  Try my best, feel like I'm focusing.  Nope.  We didn't really get far enough but considering the mistakes I made, I say BBB... | Read More

    • Swiss 12 - Round 4 -- d4 for round 4 -- Long live the queen?

      Oh my gosh.  Really?  I must confess.  My opponent CLEARLY did his homework.  I did too.  I looked up my opponent's old games and saw he often plays the Ruy as white.  OH BOY.   I saw he actually plays both the exhange variation and the non... | Read More

    • Swiss 12 - Round 1 -- Are you ready??

      That's what the real Criss Angel often says... "Are you ready?"   Well, the answer was, "YES!"  I did my homework.  I practiced the Ruy over and over.  I studied games of my opponent.  I tried everything within my skills and within my power.... | Read More

    • A vegetating afternoon and a nice game

      One afternoon when I had a little bit of free time, I was watching some games in live.  I came across a game played by Abhishek2 and WhirledPeas.  Abhishek is known to me from the DHLC and he's quite good so I enjoyed watching.  He played well ... | Read More

    • Swiss 11 -- Round 1 -- THAT'S ITALIAN and I'm LOVING it!

      Okay, so for the first round in a Swiss, I'm paried naturally with someone a lot stronger than me.  I'm not expected to do too much and I'm certainly not expected to win -- I just want to do my best. My opponent is almost 500 points or so higher ... | Read More

    • Swiss 10 - Round 5 - A symphony or "I got knocked down but I got up again!"

      I was not looking forward to this game.  I have a bit of a mental block with this opponent.  In fact, the last time we were paired, he pulled a Sicilian on me and I lost in nine moves after getting my bishop trapped.  That burned pretty bad.  ... | Read More