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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
      • | 461 views
      • | 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
      • | 341 views
      • | 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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      • | 1 comment
    • 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
      • | 386 views
      • | 3 comments
    • 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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      • | 2 comments
    • 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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      • | 3 comments
    • 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
      • | 799 views
      • | 4 comments
    • 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
      • | 432 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Applying principles from other games in chess (and vice versa)

      In the excellent book "the art of learning" by Joshua Waitzkin Joshua explains how he used ideas that he originally learned in chess and applied them to the art of Tai Chi push hand competitions.  I have also done this in the vario... | Read More

      • Zenchess
      • | Apr 10, 2008
      • | 322 views
      • | 2 comments