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    • King's Gambit Part II

      Welcome everyone for Part II of the King's Gambit series!  In case you haven't seen Part I, you can get to it by following this link if you wish!  http://blog.chess.com/KillaBeez/the-kings-gambit-part-i  A note to readers: This series on the ... | Read More

      • KillaBeez
      • | Jul 25, 2012
      • | 1592 views
      • | 10 comments
    • The King's Gambit, Part I

      Chess just isn't what it used to be.  With the advent of chess engines and countless books dedicated to moves of opening theory, many players have decided to minimize risk in the opening and play only openings that are considered "sound."  While... | Read More

      • KillaBeez
      • | Jul 13, 2012
      • | 4593 views
      • | 25 comments
    • Coming Back to Chess

      Hello everyone!  It's been nearly three years since my last blog post!  (Life goes by so quickly!)  Chess used to be my entire focus in life; I didn't want to do any extracurricular activities or do any homework because I loved chess so much. ... | Read More

      • KillaBeez
      • | Mar 16, 2012
      • | 3477 views
      • | 16 comments
    • Fun Little Traxler Game

      Here's a fun game I played at the bookstore on Friday.  Perfect example of interference. | Read More

      • KillaBeez
      • | Feb 8, 2010
      • | 2592 views
      • | 15 comments
    • The Battering Benko

      The Benko Gambit is one of Black's modern tries against d4.  Black attempts to sacrifice a flank pawn to gain open files on the queenside and wrest the initiative away from White.  Top Grandmasters such as Carlsen, Topalov, and even Kasparov hav... | Read More

      • KillaBeez
      • | Oct 27, 2009
      • | 2451 views
      • | 16 comments
    • Morphy's Mate

      Here is a fun live chess tactic that I played to deliver mate.  See move list for variations. | Read More

      • KillaBeez
      • | Oct 20, 2009
      • | 3668 views
      • | 18 comments
    • Boden's Mate

      Today, I was able to play in the Kansas Grade Championships.  It was the first scholastic tournament of the season.  I came into the tournament worrying only about making things crazy and dynamic.  I finished off my top two opponents (both rate... | Read More

      • KillaBeez
      • | Sep 19, 2009
      • | 3456 views
      • | 20 comments
    • Dealing with Burnout

      It has been a while since I have blogged.  This is because I have found nothing particular interesting to blog about.  But, I would like to talk about a subject that I have been struggling with recently.  Burnout.  Virtually every chess player... | Read More

      • KillaBeez
      • | Sep 2, 2009
      • | 2742 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Nice Kansas Open Win

      Last week, I played in the Kansas Open.  It was a strong tournament and I was the lowest rated player entered in the tournament.  In round one, I drew a 1900 player as White in the French Defense.  I allowed a strong sacrifice in round two and... | Read More

      • KillaBeez
      • | Jul 17, 2009
      • | 2220 views
      • | 28 comments
    • Kasparov Defeats the Scheveningen Part III

      Okay, this is the one I meant to post for part two.  It demonstrates how deadly White's kingside attack can be.  Anand had absolutely no counterplay and could only wait to get crushed. | Read More

      • KillaBeez
      • | Jun 25, 2009
      • | 4875 views
      • | 44 comments