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    • Montana Closed 2014, Round 4

      My tournament had been improving steadily since round one, and the trend continued. In the fourth round I was paired with Mark Anderson, a higher-rated player and the winner of the 2014 January Thaw. I had only played him once before; a rapid ga... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Dec 2, 2014
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    • Montana Closed 2014, Round 3

      In the third round I was paired with James, one of the previous year's co-champions. We played an Alekhine, which I had never had in a tournament game before. A knew a few moves, but things went more or less swimmingly for him until a big b... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Nov 17, 2014
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    • Montana Closed 2014, Round 2

      Again with black, in the second round I was paired with Conrad, the talented, affable young man with the merciless endgame ability. With 3.d4 he opted for the Scotch, which I have not studied formally but have had a good amount of practical exper... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Nov 17, 2014
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    • Montana Closed 2014, Round 1

        Based on my good performance in the Open Championship in the spring I was invited to compete in the state Closed Championship in October. There were ten of us, and all would be tough opponents for me. In fact, I was the lowest rated of the g... | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Nov 17, 2014
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    • Nice Finish

      No comment, just a nice finish.   | Read More

      • MrMayor
      • | Sep 2, 2014
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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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