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    • Games from tournament

      Here are the games I talked about in my last post.  Sorry I took so long. I'm not sure where my scoresheet for game 1 is so I can't post it right now. I am considering offering lessons again and perhaps also a chess instructional video website,... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Oct 16, 2008
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    • First place again!

      I have extended my win streak to 12 wins in a row in over the board, uscf chess in local tournaments.  No draws, no losses. =)  I won my last 3 tournaments.  I also defended my title of 'Omaha City Champion' I will post the games soon.  They ... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Sep 27, 2008
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    • Result of looking at master game

      Ok, so instead of look at a bunch of master games, I instead looked at one.  It was Kasparov-Topalov 1999.  It was NOT his famous 'immortal' game in which he sacrificed mad material and went on a wild king hunt.  Instead, it was a d... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Jul 17, 2008
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      • | 1 comment
    • Time to look at ze master games

      Hello folks!  I recently (and by recently I mean within the last 4 months) learned something major about chess that I didn't know before.  It revolutionized my game, changed the way I think about the position, etc.  I mentioned this... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Jul 17, 2008
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      • | 1 comment
    • Woah!!

      Ok, so at around 5:05 pm on Friday my power went out, then we had some huge winds, around 90 miles per hour.  Trees were uprooted, cut in half, total havoc man.   I don't have internet yet...and went without power for a while t... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Jul 1, 2008
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    • A tactic that wasn't in my repetoire?

        I just played a game in which my opponent did a tactic that wasn't in my repetoire.  The entire maneuver went like this:  First, he checked me on the back rank, pinning his knight to his rook.   Second, he checked me with... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Jun 10, 2008
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    • Your relationship to chess

        Every chess player has a relationship to chess.  In some cases, the relationship is a little unhealthy.  I don't mean how serious he takes the game, or how often he plays, what I mean is his relationship to the ideas in chess,... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Jun 5, 2008
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    • How I am almost beat Magnus Carlsen

      Yes, it's true.  I had magnus down on the ropes, begging for mercy.  But I blundered, I got forked, a nasty, dirty fork that will live on in my mind forever.  Now he's going to become world champion, and I'll probably ne... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Jun 4, 2008
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    • How I got where I am

        I'd like to make a quick post detailing what I did to achieve my current skill level, which in all honesty is nothing much to brag about, but I am looking forward to further improvements as soon as I can put more effort into chess (when... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | May 30, 2008
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    • Another successful tournament victory!

      Wow is all I have to say.  I won another local tournament 4-0 to win a $123 prize (it was split for a first place tie and we both got $123).  I played 3 lower-rated players, the highest being a 1600.  However, they were pretty good.... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Apr 12, 2008
      • | 586 views
      • | 3 comments