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    • Winning an Open

      Winning an Open I won the Spokane Falls Open with a score of 4.5/5. It was my first win of an open Swiss, although I have won club tournaments, quads, and a few invitationals. I also tied for first in the reserve section of the 2006 Washington ... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Aug 21, 2015
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    • Material vs King Vulnerability

      The King's Gambit often offers examples of a player winning with no concern for material. This position arose from a King's Gambit. It is Black to move. Who is better? See the whole game at http://chessskill.blogspot.com/2015/07/kings-gambit-... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Jul 15, 2015
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      • | 1 comment
    • Italian Opening

      For a quick overview of the Italian Opening, where would you start? I went through 23 games in Tartakower and DuMont this morning, Marin's article in Chess Informant 124 yesterday, and now am looking through my tattered copy of Horowitz. | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Jul 8, 2015
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    • Spirit of Greco

      Should aspiring chess players study the games of players who have been dead for more than a century? In an interview conducted while he was World Champion, Vladimir Kramnik answered in the affirmative. I think that if a player wants to achieve mu... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Jul 7, 2015
      • | 278 views
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    • Daily Chess (i.e. Correspondence)

      Applied Study Correspondence ChessResearch is a central pleasure of correspondence chess. Using opening books, databases, and both print and electronic versions of Chess Informant elevates my play in the short run and expands my over the boar... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Jun 16, 2015
      • | 384 views
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    • Teaching Elementary Skills

      Teaching Elementary Checkmates Lesson of the WeekHow do you teach to young children the elementary checkmate of queen and king versus a lone king? Is it important to stress coordination of the two pieces working in harmony? Does each piece do i... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Dec 3, 2014
      • | 860 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Grab the Pillow

      Smother mate will end this game, but Black saw it coming and gracefully resigned. | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Aug 5, 2014
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    • Working through McDonnell

      After comments made by IM Jeremy Silman in January, I have grown more serious about looking through all of the games of a certain player. I started with Rezso Charousek (see "Redeployment"), ripping through all of his games (~180) in one week, the... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Jul 11, 2014
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    • A Knight Problem

      A knight standing on a center square (e4, e5, d4, d5) has eight different squares it can move to in one move. How many can it reach on the second move? | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Mar 26, 2014
      • | 915 views
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    • Collyer Memorial

      I took care of business in the first two rounds of the Collyer Memorial today, beating both 1400ish opponents. Tomorrow, I'll be paired against tougher opponents. My first round opponent was a local player I've only previously played when I did a... | Read More

      • Ziryab
      • | Feb 22, 2014
      • | 740 views
      • | 3 comments