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Beyond 2000

My journey towards a 2000 rating


    • What's wrong with Carlsen?

      Anyone who is following the super tournament Norway Chess is probably surprised to see that the world's number one and triple world champion Magnus Carlsen is having an extraordinarily bad tournament, and is currently close to last place. Several... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Jun 23, 2015
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    • The next to last mistake

      I read a passage in Jeremy Silman's book The amateur's mind where he states that "the winner is the player who makes the next to last mistake". The meaning is that the loser is the one who makes the last mistake of the game. However, Silman's phr... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Jun 22, 2015
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    • A miraculous save

      This is another puzzle from Lev Alburt's book. Black is in a pickle. White is threatening mate in a number of different ways. Simplest is c8=Q+ followed by mate on the next move. Fortunately for black, s/he gets to move first. Can you find the sav... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Jun 8, 2015
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    • A beautiful combination

      I came across this nice puzzle in Lev Alburt's "Chess training pocket book". Black is down a lot of material and has a weak back rank. Also, the passed d-pawn looks menacing. Can you save the position and find the best continuation? | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Jun 4, 2015
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    • Targeting a square

      They say that there is a first for everything. Who are 'they' you ask? I don't know, but they say it anyway. In this case, the more interesting word is 'everything', which indicates the abstract (?) concept of playing to control a square. I have n... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | May 11, 2015
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    • A fighting game

      Just a few minutes ago, I finished a live game (30 min) that I found very interesting. It was a Sicilian dragon and turned out to be one hell of a fight. I could have won a piece, but missed it, and had my opponent pressured at the end, but time w... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Mar 12, 2015
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    • A friendly game

      I borrowed this game from a friend. I think it is quite interesting from several points of view. In my opinion, it shows three things. The importance of considering the future of pieces on the squares they're moved to. No future implies a wasted ... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Feb 23, 2015
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    • When disaster strikes

      Sometimes chess just is not fun. I don't mind losing if I play well. Especially against stronger opponents. But when my opponent only has to play obvious moves and take pieces that I give away, there is no one to blame but myself. The strength of ... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Feb 16, 2015
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    • Carlsen and Wei - out of control!

      Is Magnus Carlsen really that much better than everyone else? Many people have asked that question, and in this post I provide an answer based on math. That's right, you that read right. Math! (Be afraid, be very afraid!) In a previous post, I ha... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Feb 11, 2015
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    • So many missed opportunities

      After game 6 of the world championship match, Anand said that when you're not expecting a gift, you don't accept it. Today I played a game that was like that — on steroids. It was just full of gifts, and I accepted a few, but rejected the best o... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Dec 7, 2014
      • | 395 views
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