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    • Endgame Exploration #1: A tricky pawn endgame

      Recently I played a blitz game that featured an usually tricky and instructive K+P vs. K+P endgame. Can you solve it?  ***SPOILER ALERT**** ***SPOILER ALERT**** ***SPOILER ALERT**** ***SPOILER ALERT**** ***SPOILER ALERT**** ***SPOILER ALERT*... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Mar 22, 2015
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    • Bartholomew - Shabalov, Foxwoods 2003

      Check out my YouTube review of Tony Rotella's The Killer Sicilian: | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Mar 10, 2015
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    • Open Trifecta: Twin Ports, Noel Skelton, Bloomington

      Greetings, faithful blog readers! It is I, Fins0905. Several months have elapsed since my last blog post, so I figured I'd better get back on the horse (because I just KNOW you're suffering severe withdrawals from the absence of my blogs!  ). I ... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Nov 28, 2013
      • | 6159 views
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    • Growing Your Chess Coaching Business with Chess.com

      The following is an article I wrote for the September 2013 edition of The Master's Bulletin, Chess.com's monthy PDF magazine for titled players. Growing Your Chess Coaching Business with Chess.com by John Bartholomew In the early months of 2011 ... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Aug 25, 2013
      • | 5109 views
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    • North by Southwest

      Time for another month-end blog round-up! July was non-stop work for me, as I crisscrossed the country teaching chess. It was awesome! In the span of 2.5 weeks I taught the following: US Chess School - New York, NY (July 11) Western Invitationa... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Jul 31, 2013
      • | 4717 views
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    • MN Blitz Championship

      On Sunday, June 23, I competed in the Minnesota Blitz Championship in St. Paul, MN. This was the second year I played this 18 game (9 double rounds) event, having won it last year with a score of 16.5/18. This year's tournament was somewhat weak... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Jun 29, 2013
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    • Recurring Themes

      Recently I have been fascinated by the concept of patterns in chess. At his core, a good chess player is essentially a super-efficient pattern recognition machine. He can cast his gaze upon an unknown position, identify the salient features, recal... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | May 31, 2013
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    • Okoboji Open

      Greetings! Spring is now upon is, and woodpushers everywhere are gearing up for the slew of summer tournaments that make the warmest months the best time to get back to the board. Due to work commitments I probably won't be playing as actively as ... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Apr 29, 2013
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    • Blunder!

      "The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made." - Savielly Tartakower I recently played a rather captivating game. It was an engaging theoretical battle that featured unusual tactics, a fine king hunt, measured attacks, and inspir... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Mar 31, 2013
      • | 4370 views
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    • Reykjavik Open

      Greetings from Iceland! I'm back in this lovely country as a participant in the Reykjavik Open, which has just concluded. I'm staying on a few more days as well to participate in the Icelandic Team Championship (for Godinn-Matar). The ... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Feb 28, 2013
      • | 5078 views
      • | 9 comments