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    • Unrated but Not Unfun

      This weekend I played in an unrated tournament that was held at my local college. I knew I was the favorite but it wouldn't be a walk-over victory. In the 1st round I faced Bruce, someone I have I played many, many times. He is a dangerous vetera... | Read More

    • My First Master!

      Last weekend I went to my state's chess championship. It was quite the tournament. I had just recently started college and was coming off a fun exam week. So I hadn't really been studying chess all that much, just playing a lot of blitz online and... | Read More

    • Learn From Your Mistakes, Come Back Stronger

      A few months ago, I played in a big open tournament and played horribly. The format was a swiss with 5 rounds, 90 min. time limit for the first two rooms, and 120 min. for the last 3 rounds. I showed up to the tournament with high hopes and a goal... | Read More

    • Instructive Inquisition

      Very recently, I played a fascinating game at the chess club. The chess opening called the Ruy Lopez is often reffered to as the "Spanish Torture" with the player of the white pieces usually doing the torturing. Hence several members of our club c... | Read More

    • One day you're on fire, the next...

      About a week ago, I went to a big chess tourney. I was eager to do well since I ended 2013 on a bad note with a dumb loss to a 1500 in the last game (I pretty much gave the game zero effort). I realized after that tourney that the biggest thing ho... | Read More

    • Smack-down in the c3 - Sicilian

      I came across a brilliant crushing Tal-style game the other day that featured a c3 - Sicilian. I am always surpised when people say that the c3 - Sicilian is a slow, boring opening. Nothing could be further from the truth as this game shows. O... | Read More

    • Openings According to Me #1: 4.Qc2 Nimzo-Indian - 5.e4 Line Part One

      The Nimzo-Indian is a highly respected opening used by many grandmasters, today I will look at one of the most critical lines. Here is the variation I will look at: This variation is very sharp and one should know this variation very well if one... | Read More

    • Openings According to Me: Intro

      For many players the opening is a huge weak point (actually, often they are weak in all the phases of the game, mainly because they are "lazy"). For me the opening is a great strength; often I gain a large advantage out of the opening which helps ... | Read More

    • Sharp King's Indian leads to winning endgame

      Here is an interesting King's Indian Defense I played recently: | Read More

    • What are the odds??

      How is it possible that in the last couple games that you were able to play a "real" Sicilian Najdorf your opponents both play the same line and fall into the exact same trap? The first incident happened at my local chess club several weeks ago. ... | Read More