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    • Underpromotion for mate / How I became Coach Pig

      When I told one of my students recently that I won a game using an underpromotion for checkmate he wanted me to show him the game. Unfortunately I lost many of my game scores while moving from Raleigh to Cary in 2007 so I could not find this game.... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Aug 22, 2015
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    • Rd. 1 - 2nd Annual FM Ron Simpson Memorial

      Tonight started a bittersweet weekend as we remember our fallen friend FIDE Master Ron Simpson in a tournament named in his honor. Ron has been deeply missed in our community as he was a positive influence on everyone he met on the chess circuit. ... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Mar 27, 2015
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    • What would you do? (Puzzle #2)

      This is a much higher quality puzzle than yesterday's. White was already winning but can finish off in style. | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Feb 21, 2015
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    • What would you do? (Puzzle)

      This position occured in a Triangle Chess League game tonight. What should black do? | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Feb 19, 2015
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    • Someone left the cake out in the rain

      What is the ultimate dream of any class level chess player? I think quite a few of us would agree that it would be to sac a queen to defeat a grandmaster. Of course we don't get many opportunities to play GMs and when we do, we usually get crushed... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Feb 16, 2015
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    • Siberian winter

      I haven't blogged in a while.... so I figured I'd share this blitzgame I played on the Internet Chess Club. It's the first time I think I've ever gotten to use the Siberian trap. | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Nov 20, 2014
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    • Day 2 of the North Carolina Closed

      Day two was an opponrtunity for me to seize control of the A Division of the North Carolina Closed.... and seize it I did. I felt I played crisply throughout. Obviously not perfectly.... but I made very few mistakes and hit on a couple of good sac... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Oct 4, 2014
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    • Rd. 1 of the NC Closed

      I won my round one game tonight here in Charlotte. I didn't make it easy on myself as I got a very cramped position in a Two Knights Attack against my Caro Kann. My opponent played a pawn sacrifice on e6 that I had handled well in our previous enc... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Oct 3, 2014
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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
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