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    • New Beginnings (Dedicated to the Memory of FM Ron Simpson)

      This past week was one of the busiest weeks I've had as a chess player. It started Wednesday as I made a day trip down to Charlotte to check out the beautiful new Charlotte Chess Center and Scholastic Academy set up by NM Peter Giannatos and Gary ... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Apr 3, 2014
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    • Opening night for TCL 2

      This past Thursday was the opening night for season two of the Triangle Chess League. Season one was a difficult one for my team as our boards two and three quit before weeks one and two respectively. We had to play with 1100 rated players on boar... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Jan 17, 2014
    • Georgia On My Mind (Atlanta Open Pt. 2)

      After a rather lackluster day one, I awoke hoping that a new day would bring better results. However as uninspired as my Saturday was, my Sunday was equally uneventful. My first opponent had been inactive for nearly twenty years until a tournament... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Dec 30, 2013
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    • The Devil Went Down to Georgia (Atlanta Open pt. 1)

      This devil went down to Georgia seeking rating points to steal. He got in a bind when he fell behind. He slipped on a banana peel. He got beat by that young boy, played like a patzer, his temper was hot. Then he stepped right up to try to find a... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Dec 29, 2013
      • | 1 comment
    • Back in action.... (pt. two)

      I couldn't help but feel I really missed an opportunity in my second round game, but in a five-round single day event you have to brush things off quickly. And so I continued on after the lunch break. I had white for round three and wass playing s... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Dec 12, 2013
      • | 1 comment
    • Back in action.... (pt. one)

      Since I've started coaching on Saturdays I've curtailed my involvement in tournaments quite a bit. In fact since the North Carolina Open on Labor Day, the only rated games I've played were in the Triangle Chess League on Thursday nights. League pl... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Dec 5, 2013
      • | 1 comment
    • My games from the 2013 North Carolina Open (Pt. 2) -

      So now it's on to Saturday night and I know I'm going to have a heck of a fight on my hands. I got paired against a talented teenager from New York City. Of course this was a must win for me to accomplish anything out of this, so I really needed t... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Sep 5, 2013
    • My games from the 2013 North Carolina Open (Pt. 1) -

      I haven't really had a chance to pour over these games, but I'll give a quick overview with some basic commentary. I had three goals in mind for this tournament: 1) To try and gain 41 USCF rating points in order to become an expert. 2) To get a F... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Sep 3, 2013
      • | 1 comment
    • The best chess day of my life (Rounds 1-3 of the Statesville Open)

      I got an opportunity to take the weekend off and participate in the Statesville Open. Statesville is a great little "budget tournament" run by Mike Williams. The entry fees and hotel guest rates are lower than most tournaments, but the competitive... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Jun 23, 2013
    • Back in the game..... kinda

      With the Chinese School out of session until September, it looks as though I will be able to get in a few tournaments over the next few months. And since I can get in three games before 4PM, the Master Treks are a good way for me to stretch out my... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | May 30, 2013
      • | 1 comment