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Student of Life

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

~Emo Philips


    • Chess.com - Six Years

      Better late than never, right? To celebrate my return to posting, here's a great game between Mikhail Tal and Svetozar Gligoric. Gligoric was a Serbian grandmaster and one of the top players in the world in the mid-20th century. Although his rec... | Read More

      • benws
      • | Aug 30, 2014
      • | 508 views
      • | 4 comments
    • 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
      • | 1008 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
      • | 966 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
      • | 1687 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
      • | 1171 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
      • | 1045 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
      • | 1807 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
      • | 1255 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
      • | 830 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
      • | 1068 views
      • | 7 comments