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    • One to remember

        I just played this 15 0 game against a 2000+.  It was a really exciting game.  It started out as a najdorf sicilian, and then became extremely complicated.  I was pushing on the kingside, and he was almost checkmating me on the queenside.  ... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Jan 19, 2013
      • | 422 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Danger of the misplayed grand prix

        Hi, here's another 5-minute game I just played.  This game illustrates how you cannot just play a typical sicilian e6 - g6 on autopilot against the grand prix.  I got a knight on f6, threatened to attack on the a3-f8 diagonal, and black never... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Oct 15, 2012
      • | 379 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Fm win

        Here is a 5-minute game i played on icc just now.  I don't know if I should have played Rxh6, but it ended up working out.  My opponent was FM Sergor, who is  FM Sergei Goregliad.  The nice thing about my win was apparently my score agains... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Oct 15, 2012
      • | 332 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Another IM scalp

      Here's another IM scalp I took.  Truth be told I won on time, but his position isn't really the bees knees either in the final position.  I don't think white will ever lose this position.   | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Oct 4, 2012
      • | 404 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Power of development

        Here's a cool game I just played.  There's an instructive moment at the beginning which demonstrates the principles of good and bad trades.     Here is the position:                                              Whi... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Oct 4, 2012
      • | 264 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Taking the Im scalps

        Today I took 2 IM scalps in 5-minute on ICC.  In the first game, i was doing alright, and actually was an exchange down for a while, but my opponent used a lot of time and I won the game on time.    In the second game, (shown below) I actua... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Oct 3, 2012
      • | 396 views
      • | 1 comment
    • 15-minute game in which I get crushed in the sicilian najdorf

        So, next game, this time I get crushed by a higher-rated player.  It was the sicilian najdorf, lines I don't know very well.  (the only lines I know well are the h5 lines in the english attack).  I played Na5, which I think is a good move, h... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Oct 2, 2012
      • | 381 views
      • | 1 comment
    • GolferBob's Revenge

        Here's my next 15-minute game.  I decided to just put the notes in with the game.   | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Oct 2, 2012
      • | 314 views
      • | 1 comment
    • 15 minute game analysis

        Hello to the 40 or so people who read my blogs.     I decided to do a new thing to improve my chess - I'll play 15 minute games (no more 5 minute if I can help it), and then I'll look up the openings of the game, and say what I was thinking ... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Oct 2, 2012
      • | 272 views
      • | 1 comment
    • 2 exchanges and a piece

        Hi everyone!  I played a tournament last weekend in my home state of Nebraska.  It was a team tournament.  Overall the result for me was pretty poor - I had 2 losses during the event and will probably lose my expert rating status.      ... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Oct 1, 2012
      • | 266 views
      • | 2 comments