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    • Fancy Checkmates #5

      This was a five minute game where I coaxed forward my opponent's kingside pawns then lured his king into a trap. I had to repeat a bishop check while figuring out the final mating pattern, but the sequence is cool nonetheless.   | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Aug 15, 2014
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    • Montana Open 2014, Round 5

      The tournament thus far had been a case of strikes and gutters for me, with satisfactory results from uninspiring games on the first day followed by a bad result from an interesting, tough fight on the second. The last round would define my tourna... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Apr 19, 2014
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    • Montana Open 2014, Round 4

      After achieving decent results from a few somewhat drab games on the first day of the tournament, with a win against a less experienced player and two draws against two experienced, conservative players, I was ready for a fight. My next opponent w... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Apr 19, 2014
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    • Montana Open 2014, Round 3

      Sitting on 1.5/2 I was paired with a strong veteran player who had recently re-emerged after a few years away from the regional chess scene. That made him new to me, and being that the pairings in this tournament were announced only minutes before... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Apr 19, 2014
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    • Montana Open 2014, Round 2

      My second round opponent was an experienced and solid player whom I had met but never faced. Interestingly, we had been talking just minutes earlier before the pairings were announced about the daunting possibility of playing my buddy Will, who wa... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Apr 19, 2014
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    • Montana Open 2014, Round 1

      In the first round of the 2014 edition of the Montana Open I faced a young, unrated player. I had briefly met him before and noted his emerging skill and enthusiasm. There being no chess club in his town, he took the initiative and started his ... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Apr 19, 2014
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    • "Best Ever"

      This was a 15|10 game against a highly-rated opponent named "Best-Ever." He gave me my best ever win at that time control (probably not the intended meaning of the name). It was a King's Gambit with complicated, open positions that featured a mele... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Mar 19, 2014
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    • January Thaw, Round 5: The Bozone Variation

      Once again I find myself having possibly too recently finished a pint of beer while starting a game against a tough opponent. This time it was something called a "Bozone." The combined effect of the Bozone and an unfamiliar third move from my oppo... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Jan 28, 2014
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    • January Thaw, Round 4: The Kid and I, Part III

      "The Kid" is the regional chess prodigy. He's eleven years old and a talented tactician. A fixture on the Montana chess scene, he's amiable, ebullient, and well-liked but secretly feared by everyone.This was my third game against The Kid, and I ha... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Jan 27, 2014
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    • January Thaw, Round 3: The Dark Horse

      In the third round I was paired with the dark horse of the tournament. Two rounds previous, in his very first tournament game, he executed a flashy checkmate against one of the high seeds. In the second round he took an 1800+ player to the brink, ... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Jan 27, 2014
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