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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
      • | 1 comment
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
      • | 1 comment
    • 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
      • | 1 comment
    • 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