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Beyond 2000

My journey towards a 2000 rating


    • Seeing ghosts

      Have you ever seen a ghost? If you are a chess player (which you probably are, since you're on this site), I would guess that you have. I've seen many ghosts in my games, and when I played a game earlier this week, the entire chess board seemed to... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Oct 18, 2014
      • | 110 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Lazy when winning

      Do you recognize this situation? You have a good position, your opponent is down on time and stressed out. You just have to play a few more moves to decide the game, and POW! Out of the blue, your opponent plays an unexpected, excellent, but objec... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Oct 9, 2014
      • | 245 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Caruana - Who'd have guessed?

      The chess world is watching in awe as Fabiano "the fabulous" Caruana is crushing in the Sinquefield cup. With a perfect score after seven rounds, his achievement is already historical. Who would have thought this would happen. Well, as it turns ou... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Sep 4, 2014
      • | 299 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Taking notes = cheating?

      I just finished my first longer-than-30-minutes live game here on the site. As I usually do with my long games on the computer, I documented my thought process while I played. It occurred to me afterwards that this could be considered foul play. I... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Aug 20, 2014
      • | 334 views
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    • Not the cleanest win

      Right now I am a bit disappointed and a bit happy at the same time. I wanted to play a long game (90+30) on the live chess server, but I did not get any takers on my seek. Also, my internet is very slow at the moment, so it was probably just as go... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Jun 30, 2014
      • | 352 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Never resign, never give up!

      Last week I played a couple of games against a fellow club member. We are relatively evenly matched, but he has a bit more experience with playing over the board, so he has a slight advantage when we meet. Usually, I lose. And this bugs me, becaus... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Jun 24, 2014
      • | 439 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Getting worse at chess

      Lately I have been wondering if it is possible to get worse at chess. Of course, I realize that over time, with too little practice, one will get out of shape. However, this is not what I am thinking about. It seems that my game has become increas... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Jun 1, 2014
      • | 413 views
      • | 1 comment
    • My first tournament – part 5: Final round

      It is strange that I cannot write or think the words "final round" without adding a "fight" at the end. If you've been playing that videogame as much as I have, you know what I am talking about. Which game you ask? If you have to ask, you're not g... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | May 15, 2014
      • | 282 views
      • | 2 comments
    • My first tournament – part 4: Finally playing reasonably

      So I have survived two days of tournamenting (is that even a word?). I blundered my way through the first day, vowed to keep my blundering to a minimum on day two (which I managed). And I am feeling pretty good about day three. A bit tired, but ok... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | May 12, 2014
      • | 242 views
      • | 0 comments
    • My first tournament – part 3: Battling myself

      Day 2 of the tournament. I have vowed to keep myself in check and try my very best to avoid making horrible blunders. And all things considered, I feel like I succeeded quite well. I did make a losing blunder in my second game of the day (see belo... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Apr 27, 2014
      • | 249 views
      • | 0 comments