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    • Why NOT the Phildor's?

      This blog entry is in response to a Openings Forum topic I saw a few days ago, appropriately entitled "Why the Philidor's".  The topic author, who had enjoyed overwhelming success against this opening couldn't understand why black would even both... | Read More

      • chuckg99
      • | Apr 17, 2010
      • | 1016 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Retooling the Black Repertoire

      In the Southern Open, which I played on August 1-2, I did myself the great disservice of losing for the SECOND time to Gregory Kimmel on the black side of the Scotch opening.  After examining many of the Scotch lines in detail, it appears black ... | Read More

      • chuckg99
      • | Sep 5, 2009
      • | 1100 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Back in the Saddle

      After taking a little time off in my quest for 2200, I'm now ready to get active again.  Accordingly, my first tournament "back" after a six-month layoff was the 2009 Southern Open in Kissimmee, FL (7/31/09-8/2/09).  Thanks to the TDs for an exc... | Read More

      • chuckg99
      • | Aug 4, 2009
      • | 516 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Reaffirmation

      This past weekend I had the good fortune to play in the first club championship of the Tampa Chess Club.  I am not a good fast time-control player, so I had serious reservations given the G/1 hr time control.  Coupled with the fact I would be ne... | Read More

      • chuckg99
      • | Nov 17, 2008
      • | 1472 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Reconnecting

      Who says you can never go home again?  This past weekend, I took the opportunity to play in the 2008 Oscar Shapiro DC Open in Washington, DC.  I grew up there, and through some very hard times indeed.  I was only 12 in 1968 when riots erupted f... | Read More

      • chuckg99
      • | Oct 21, 2008
      • | 968 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Dodging A Bullet

      Having continued to overhaul my opening repertoire, tweaking even up to the last minute, I expected my results at the 2008 FL State Championship to be underwhelming.  What I didn't  expect after the first two rounds is a perfor... | Read More

      • chuckg99
      • | Sep 2, 2008
      • | 821 views
      • | 2 comments
    • More Lessons Learned

      This past weekend, I had the opportunity to play in the Southern Open in Altamonte Springs, FL (just NE of Orlando).  While this "learning experience" didn't match my Boca Raton experience, it did come with some genuine lessons that made it w... | Read More

      • chuckg99
      • | Aug 18, 2008
      • | 694 views
      • | 0 comments
    • Everything Old is New Again

      Just as I'm enjoying building my relationship with the Pseudo King's Gambit (1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6 4. Nc3 Bc5 5. d3 d6 6. f4!) -- despite results of its recent rollout -- I purchase a copy of the new "Dangerous Weapons 1.e4 e5" book b... | Read More

      • chuckg99
      • | Jul 21, 2008
      • | 777 views
      • | 1 comment
    • A Learning Experience

      A "learning experience".  That's my code language for an OTB tournament in which I sucked.  This past weekend, at the Summer Solstice Open in Boca Raton, I had a wonderful learning experience. What did I learn? Well, firstl... | Read More

      • chuckg99
      • | Jul 14, 2008
      • | 610 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Repertoire Holes Filled!

      LOL, OK maybe that doesn't deserve an exclam by anyone else's measure, but if you knew how much I've been wrestling with a putting together a workable repertoire for my push to NM (and then to FM) you'd sympathize. One of the reaso... | Read More

      • chuckg99
      • | Jul 4, 2008
      • | 540 views
      • | 4 comments