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    • Bounce back game vs a Strong Junior Player and learning from my last loss

      Last month in DC Chess League play I blogged a game in the Budapest Defense where I dropped my queen to a simple tactic in a position where there was not many pieces on the board.  This month in league play I wanted to use that as a learning expe... | Read More

      • NM SHoshall
      • | Jan 27, 2015
      • | 1314 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Playing and Losing in the Budapest Defense (After 24 year hiatus)

      Playing the Budapest Defense is like drinking a warm cup of coco near a crackling fire on a cold winter night.  It warms the heart and soul and gives one that sense of contented happiness.  At least for me it does but granted I like really messy... | Read More

      • NM SHoshall
      • | Dec 23, 2014
      • | 1814 views
      • | 5 comments
    • My First Chess Coach

      To talk about my first chess coach I need to start from the very beginning, or at least my chess beginnings. I think the year was 1982; I was going into 9th grade at the time and hoping to get a remote controlled tank for Christmas from my grandp... | Read More

      • NM SHoshall
      • | Feb 16, 2014
      • | 2864 views
      • | 11 comments
    • DC Chess League: Classical Dutch!

      This game is for the 1/2 dozen or so players in the world who play the Classical Dutch (tongue in cheek sorta :)).  In this game the board opens up immediately and a very unusual piece imbalance of a knight, bishop and 2 pawns for a queen occurs... | Read More

      • NM SHoshall
      • | Oct 17, 2011
      • | 4295 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Atlantic Open, 2 Exchange French Defenses

      Hi All Just played in the Atlantic Open this weekend.    My results were mediocre with  1w,1l and 2d but it was fun.   I met a good friend there who hasn’t played in an OTB tournament since high school and that made it really fun.  It was... | Read More

      • NM SHoshall
      • | Aug 30, 2010
      • | 4792 views
      • | 17 comments
    • World Open 2010, Playing for the big big money and overlooking simple mates.

      Hi All,   I promised some folks I would give an update to my World Open Chess experience when I got back.  Sorry for the delay but lots going on.  This is my second go at the World open.  I played in it once before about 20 years ago.  I pl... | Read More

      • NM SHoshall
      • | Jul 13, 2010
      • | 4463 views
      • | 16 comments
    • DC Chess League---Prophylaxis--Schlechter imitation

      Hi All and Ashburn chess club, This is my DC Chess league game Friday  Feb 19th, 2010 at the Arlington chess club.  Ashburn Chess club vs Arlington Rooks. Thought I would include it after seeing some other games posted from our matches.  I be... | Read More

      • NM SHoshall
      • | Feb 21, 2010
      • | 5055 views
      • | 10 comments