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Beyond 2000

My journey towards a 2000 rating


    • 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
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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
      • | 244 views
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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
      • | 372 views
      • | 1 comment
    • 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
      • | 316 views
      • | 0 comments
    • 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
      • | 357 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
      • | 391 views
      • | 2 comments