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Loomis's Blog

Lately I've just been blogging when I analyze one of my own games with interesting results, so posts are fairly sporadic.


    • Chess960 Miniatures

      This time I present two Chess960 games because one of them is only 2 moves long! The first game is 14 moves and ends with a nice mating tactic. During the game, I could not convince myself to play the stunning 12. Ba6! But in analysis, it appears ... | Read More

      • Loomis
      • | Jun 19, 2011
      • | 3259 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Chess960 Kingside Can Opener

      A Chess960 game where extra central space leads to a kingside attack ending in two sacrificed pieces and checkmate.   | Read More

      • Loomis
      • | Jun 13, 2011
      • | 2587 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Double (edged) Dutch

      A standard chess game is rare for me these days, but I'm involved in an interminable tournament, so I can't escape playing a few. Here is one where I faced the Dutch Defense. The game had the potential to be very double edged as black had a lot of... | Read More

      • Loomis
      • | Jun 6, 2011
      • | 3006 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Getting Crushed at Chess960

      In this game I played poorly from the opening, continued to make mistakes and my opponent continued to find very good moves to punish me. It's a simple recipe for getting crushed. Hopefully games like this will teach me something about how to han... | Read More

      • Loomis
      • | May 31, 2011
      • | 3254 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Fighting back from an opening mistake

      Poor opening play characterizes my current Chess960 games. I'd like to chalk it up to being new at the variant, but it's really a matter of not paying attention. In this game I hang a pawn on move 2. I was able to fight back later in the game, avo... | Read More

      • Loomis
      • | May 24, 2011
      • | 2889 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Hidden Gems in Chess 960

      Some starting positions in Chess960 include "Hidden Gems". The game I show here features a bishop coming out of the corner to snatch up a pawn and later for a discovered attack. Another fun moment in this game are the castling moves. Just as the k... | Read More

      • Loomis
      • | May 16, 2011
      • | 3475 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Developing a Weakness in Chess 960

      Continuing my plunge into Chess 960 I'll show a game where I didn't play very well. During the opening I failed to recognize  that I created a weakness in my position and my development choices gave me a difficult time defending it. Only by some ... | Read More

      • Loomis
      • | May 10, 2011
      • | 2756 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Chess 960 is still mostly Chess

      I've decided to gives some games of Chess960 a shot and make some observations on this variant. I'll show in this post one of my first games that wasn't a particularly fierce battle. One of the points to be made is that the usual chess principles ... | Read More

      • Loomis
      • | May 2, 2011
      • | 4527 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Accelerated Dragon No-No

      The accelerated move order for the Sicilian Dragon is supposed to prevent white from playing a typical "Yugoslav" type attack with queenside castling and a kingside pawn storm. This doesn't mean white won't sometimes try it! As a player of the acc... | Read More

      • Loomis
      • | Apr 13, 2011
      • | 4506 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Bullet Puzzler

      I couldn't let this juicy position slip by un-recorded. This comes from a recent bullet game (1 minute, no increment). Black has compensation for being down a pawn, but would like to put his activity to use before white finds any king safety or co... | Read More

      • Loomis
      • | Oct 5, 2010
      • | 2160 views
      • | 11 comments