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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.  My rating was very important to me; I would stress after every bad tournament in dread of how many points it would decrease.  I think I've come to a more balanced point in my life since then.  I still enjoy chess, but it's not my all-consuming passion that it once was.  Instead of a passion, chess has become more of an amusing hobby to me.  I no longer care about the soundness of moves anymore...I sacrifice and gambit just to add a little spice to the game.  After all, it doesn't really matter in the scheme of things whether or not you win or lose!  Chess is meant to be a fun game, so why not let loose a little bit?

So last Saturday, I participated in the State Championship, even though I hadn't played more than a few games of chess the entire year.  I was able to tie for first and qualify for the Denker Tournament of Champions held this summer.  In this game, I decided to play an old favorite of mine: the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.  Sure, it's not sound, but it's really fun to play and chances are, you'll know it better than your opponent who will have to refute it OTB.


  • 3 years ago


    Great game.  Well done !

  • 4 years ago


    Well done!

  • 4 years ago


    Congratulations and welcome back!

  • 4 years ago

    NM flashboy2222

    great game

  • 4 years ago


    Cool game. Very odd opening too

  • 4 years ago


    i thought that was dumb bc u gave away rook, but gg ;)

  • 4 years ago


    Exciting game. Congrats and thanks for the interesting post.

  • 4 years ago


    I definitely just saw this on the front page of chess.com.  Good to see you winning the state championship, Kyle.  

  • 4 years ago


    Great game and commentary. Fantastic move on 13. Thanks for sharing.

  • 4 years ago


    nice play, very sharp

  • 4 years ago


    There is never enought of low-ranking games (my skill level) to teach from. Thanks for the post and congrats!

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  • 4 years ago


    Nice game!  Oh, keep a great attitude about winning ... it's really all about fun, enjoying the game and making nice artistic games like the one you shared with all of us!! Nice job!

  • 4 years ago


    It sounds like quite a freeing experience :) After nearly four years, it remains an all-consuming passion for me :) Things are good as long as you aren't too obsessed with your rating and results.

  • 4 years ago


    Nice game to illustrate how powerful a knight in the center supported by pawn can be.

  • 4 years ago


    Nice one !

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