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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
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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
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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
      • | 4105 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
      • | 3898 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
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    • The Carlsen Question

      The February 2013 FIDE rating list is out, and Magnus Carlsen - the "Mozart of Chess" - once again reigns supreme among the world elite with an otherwordly, record-smashing (his own!) ELO of 2872: Carlsen is so dominant that he could hand the ... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Jan 31, 2013
      • | 7045 views
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    • London Chess Classic

      Happy New Year to all! The London Eye I was in London, England for the London Chess Classic, Dec. 1-10. This will go down in history as the event where Magnus Carlsen became the highest rated player of all time at 2861 FIDE, eclipsing Garry K... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Dec 31, 2012
      • | 5765 views
      • | 22 comments