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Beyond 2000

My journey towards a 2000 rating


    • 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
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    • Almost a big scalp

      Just a few hours ago, I played a very interesting game. It is a part of the ongoing club tournament, and today I faced last year's winner and one of the strongest players in our club. Being rated above 2000, he has 600 points on me. Suffice to say... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Nov 17, 2014
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    • A Carlsenesque position

      My previous blog post featured my latest OTB game. I have not found time to analyze it until now, but now I have discovered why I could not find a win. I quite frankly do not understand the endgame. The conclusion is a bit painful, since it does n... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Nov 16, 2014
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    • Half a point is better than no point

      So I finally broke the zero (is that an expression?) in the club tournament. For once, I am going to post my game without annotation or analysis. Please feel free to comment on the game. I will take a look at the game and post my analysis in a few... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Oct 27, 2014
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    • Bishops vs knights

      This is a recent online game (3 days/move) I played, in which it is very clear how a battle between bishops and knights can be central to a game. In the position below, my opponent just played e3, which allows me to force a trade of knight for b... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Oct 22, 2014
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    • 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
      • | 289 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
      • | 340 views
      • | 2 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
      • | 372 views
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    • 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
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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
      • | 403 views
      • | 3 comments