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“A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.”

~Emo Philips


    • The Scandinavian

      I'm heading off to college tomorrow. Before I go, I would like to share this game with everyone. It's a pretty wild game, featuring the great Wilhelm Steinitz. He opts to attack his opponent right out of the middlegame, and a rook sacrifice on hi... | Read More

      • benws
      • | Aug 19, 2013
      • | 785 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Late Castling: Part 2

      My last blog post was centered around a game in which a top-class grandmaster violated the oft-mentioned advice to castle as early as possible and still won. The loser happened to be the great Garry Kasparov. Here is another game featuring late c... | Read More

      • benws
      • | Jul 5, 2013
      • | 764 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Late Castling: Part 1

      So, it has been a whole week since I graduated from high school! It is still hard for me to believe that a whole four years have passed since I changed my chess.com occupation from "middle school student" to "high school student". I guess that I w... | Read More

      • benws
      • | Jun 15, 2013
      • | 1296 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Baldur Dash

      Here's yet another miniature for everyone to enjoy, this one featuring a neat series of sacrifices by Rudolf Spielmann. Note the way he sets up the final attack, especially his eighteenth and twenty-third moves. In other news, I am graduating fr... | Read More

      • benws
      • | May 10, 2013
      • | 935 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Testa Nerves

      So, I celebrated my 18th birthday yesterday. That officially makes me an adult. Quite hard to believe, isn't it? In just a few months, I will be graduating from high school! To celebrate, here is a neat miniature won by Dr. Carl Hartlaub. It feat... | Read More

      • benws
      • | Mar 11, 2013
      • | 852 views
      • | 9 comments
    • Triangle Mate

      Nakamura launches an attack out of nothing in this game. He gives up the exchange to break up a drawish middlegame, but his sacrifice does not appear to garner him any advantage at all. However, he shocks his opponent with a queen sacrifice that e... | Read More

      • benws
      • | Dec 23, 2012
      • | 1449 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Chess.com-Five Years

      Simply put, I am speechless. Today marks the end of five years of my life spent on chess.com. I have truly come a long way. When I first created my account and began sharing my thoughts with the world through my posts, I was a young whippersnapper... | Read More

      • benws
      • | Oct 5, 2012
      • | 1048 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Twas the Knight Before Christmas

      This is a rather interesting miniature. Clemenz opts for the Evans Gambit and immediately opens lines to his opponent's king. With several of his pieces hanging, he then pulls off some neat sacrifices, a one-two punch that leads to a picturesque m... | Read More

      • benws
      • | Sep 26, 2012
      • | 618 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Don't Worry Beharry

      Here is a miniature that I doubt you guys have seen before. Black makes a crucial mistake on his eleventh move, when he weakens the dark squares around his kingside. White quickly takes advantage by castling queenside and offering up one of his ro... | Read More

      • benws
      • | Aug 10, 2012
      • | 908 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Bayer the Brunt of It

      Check out this great miniature, which is filled with sacrifices! A Scotch Gambit quickly turns interesting when Bayer tries to save his material advantage, at the cost of his right to castle. Soon, he comes under the pressure of an attack by Mulle... | Read More

      • benws
      • | Jul 28, 2012
      • | 763 views
      • | 3 comments