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    • "We could use some endgame practice"

      Agggghhhhhh!! My opponent told me that he almost resigned several times but didn't because "we could both use some endgame practice" that is just too close to the truth as will be demonstrated in just a moment.   My end games SUCK!! We have t... | Read More

    • GO Swiss Round 4 - And sometimes, it clicks

      Okay, so here we go, round 4.  After last week's VERY exciting game, I was pumped.   I was hoping to prep this week but upon looking at my opponent's games and trying to do my homework, I discovered that I had no earthly idea what my opponent wo... | Read More

    • GO Swiss Round 3 -- Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory!

      Dedicated to Lumper who gave me the snappy title!!!!   Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory:  Uh... shouldn't that be the other way around? Well, it would be if my OPPONENT was doing the blog. Unfortunately, it's ME that's doing it!   ... | Read More

    • Op Ed -- The best way to learn

      "Any fool can know.  The point is to understand."  Albert Eintstein.   I recently came across a post in the notes of the DHLC (Dan Heisman Learning Center) where a member questioned the usefulness of a particular form of training.  Some memb... | Read More

    • Calculating incorrectly again -- THIS time in MY favor

      GO Swiss Round 2.  The opponent is still higher than I am but, of course, I'll still try my best and give the best fight I can.  Once again, I have done my homework.  I looked up the games of my opponent as white and it does appear that he pla... | Read More

    • GO Swiss Round 1 -- Homework pays off.. until....

      Alright, here we go again.  Round 1, open pairings.  We all know I'm going to get an opponent who is "out of reach" so to speak.  I'm barely expected to even show up.   Nevertheless, I enjoy playing the stronger playres.  I think I actually p... | Read More

    • Let's learn a tactic!

      I hated tactics for the longest time.  My teammates had to drag me kicking and screaming into them....  I was always getting them wrong.. But practice, practice, practice.  I'm getting them more often now.   I am to a point now where I can so... | Read More

    • Cris Angel CLAWS -- until my favorite blunder....

      For fun, my Art of War teammate, Strickland420, and I decided to meet up in live and have a little game.   We hadn't played each other in a long time and when we played before, he always beat me quite easily. Hehe.  I got a wonderful compliment... | Read More

    • And the moral of the story is (again) -- DON'T PLAY WHEN SICK

      My name is Cris Angel.  I like to hang queens.  (((((sigh)))) I HATE forfeits.  So I didn't want to have to say I was ill and take a forfeit loss.  But I have been ill for over two weeks now. This feels like the virus that will never go awa... | Read More

    • The game as I see it -- Game between Okiemann88 for Team 45/45

      Okieman88 had a nice win for team 45/45 and as an exercise, I offered to annotate it to see what I could learn.  So here we go. | Read More