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    • To win at World Open, avoid strong opponents

      In this year's World Open I faced surprisingly weak opposition compared to past years. When I played in the Open section in 2010 and 2011, I faced boatloads of grandmasters (7 and 6 respectively). This time, I didn't play any GMs until round 7! An... | Read More

      • GM dretch
      • | Jul 16, 2013
      • | 2610 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Endgame incompetence!

       When the board is thick with pieces, I usually know what to do; it is simple for me. But as the armies are decimated, I become confused and lost. This pattern has occured in many of my past games, but my performance in the Chicago Open was truly... | Read More

      • GM dretch
      • | May 27, 2013
      • | 2406 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Two Winning Habits at US Championship

      I recently competed in the U.S. Championship from May 3-12. It was held at the St. Louis Chess Club which as usual provided excellent conditions. Congrats to Gata Kamsky for winning; Alejandro Ramirez for tying for 1st in the classical games; Kayd... | Read More

      • GM dretch
      • | May 17, 2013
      • | 4095 views
      • | 22 comments
    • Final Four

      I played for the University of Texas at Dallas at the President's Cup, or Final Four of Chess. The qualifiers were the 4 US teams who finished highest at the Pan-American Intercollegiate tourament. Teams can have up to 6 players, four of whom play... | Read More

      • GM dretch
      • | Apr 13, 2013
      • | 2491 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Recovery from series of bad games

      The University of Texas at Dallas chess program has one training tournament in each semester. Usually it has been a round robin, but this time it was an open tournament, held on March 9-13. Thirteen Grandmasters were playing. In rounds 1 and 2 I w... | Read More

      • GM dretch
      • | Mar 20, 2013
      • | 2729 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Texas Masters ends in 4-way tie

      On February 15-17 I played at a 5-round tournament called the Texas Masters, which was held at the Dallas Chess club.  I tied for first with 3 other players: GM Cristian Chirila (against whom I won in round 3), IM Darwin Yang (drew in round 4), ... | Read More

      • GM dretch
      • | Feb 28, 2013
      • | 2206 views
      • | 5 comments
    • When the King Leads the Charge

      Sometimes, when you are trying to checkmate the opposing king, you find that all your queens, bishops, knights, rooks, and pawns aren't enough. Therefore, the king must be enlisted to increase the pressure. In my database I encountered an enterta... | Read More

      • GM dretch
      • | Jan 31, 2013
      • | 2093 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Victory for UTD at Pan-Ams

      On December 27-30 I played in the Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship.  I was on the University of Texas at Dallas A team. In each round we played a 4-board match against a team from some other university, or in the case of round 5, o... | Read More

      • GM dretch
      • | Jan 1, 2013
      • | 2156 views
      • | 3 comments
    • dretch's Training Regimen, or lack thereof

      Oftentimes chessplayers will feel that they hit a wall in their chess development, or simply want to improve faster. So a question that many like to ask to grandmasters is, "What do you do to get better at chess?" There is no secret ingredient for... | Read More

      • GM dretch
      • | Nov 30, 2012
      • | 4904 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Playing in US Chess League

      This year is my second year playing for the Dallas Destiny team in the US Chess League. It is an online league where the games are played at chess.com this year, or at least the ones I've been involved in so far are. Currently we are first place i... | Read More

      • GM dretch
      • | Oct 6, 2012
      • | 2665 views
      • | 4 comments