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Beyond 2000

My journey towards a 2000 rating


    • 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
      • | 189 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
      • | 250 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
      • | 228 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
      • | 208 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
      • | 175 views
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    • 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
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    • My first tournament – part 2: My worst enemy

      Today was the first day of the easter tournament. Three of the eight rounds were played today, two of which were rapid (30 min), and one with classical time controls. After these three games, I can only reaffirm what I have already concluded: I am... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Apr 18, 2014
      • | 283 views
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    • The art of self-binding

      Today was the day I was supposed to win my first OTB game. It was time for a rematch against my opponent 1876. His name is of course not 1876, but this is his rating, so it will do as a nick for this post. I have spent some time trying to prepar... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Apr 7, 2014
      • | 278 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Two tough tests

      I am feeling a bit proud at the moment. For some time, I have been going through Silman's excellent book How to reassess your chess. At the end of each chapter there are some tests that can be used to assess your skills. Silman provides a rating i... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Apr 1, 2014
      • | 199 views
      • | 0 comments
    • My first OTB game

      Today, I played my first real OTB game. It was the same time controls as in the upcoming tournament, i.e. 90+30min w/30s increment. I played against a stronger opponent, so the result was expected. However, I made a horrible blunder in the middle... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Mar 31, 2014
      • | 202 views
      • | 0 comments