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Wondering why I'm not better at chess.... :D


    • Local Chess.com Meetup - Sunnyvale, CA - April 16th, 2011

      We had a fun Chess.com meetup (www.meetup.com/ChessCom) this last Saturday, April 16th, 2011.  We were at Santana Row. It was gorgeous (as always). It started off a little slow but picked up steam! Players in attendance that I know: Pau... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Apr 17, 2011
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      • | 22 comments
    • Apology to my Opponents in National Open '09

      I just finished playing in the 2009 National Open yesterday. I went to the event to promote Chess.com and enjoy time with Jay (friend and Chess.com partner) and IM David Pruess (friend and Chess.com superstar) and I didn't expect to play.  I ... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Jun 9, 2009
      • | 9899 views
      • | 94 comments
    • National Game/10 Championship: My Results for the in the Open Section!

      The National Championship Game/10 event of the National Open in Las Vegas just ended. It was an open - so everyone rated from 700 to 2700 were all playing in the same swiss pairing! It was crazy and fun - about 100 players in total. Read below for... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Jun 5, 2009
      • | 2436 views
      • | 24 comments
    • Amazing Life-size Artistic Chess Set!

      One of my friends and a Chess.com member, Hardy Jones, has been working on a life-size chess set for the last two years! He's getting close to completing it and I wanted to share some awesome pictures of the set. Hardy is a local (and quite famo... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Mar 24, 2009
      • | 8616 views
      • | 22 comments
    • My Cool New Chess T-Shirt & Pants (w/ pictures!)

      I'll be honest - I'm a pretty generic-dressing guy. I hate shopping, and I don't like spending crazy amounts on something that I am likely going to spill hot sauce on within a week. So my wardrobe mostly consists of white t-shirts from costco and ... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Mar 9, 2009
      • | 7260 views
      • | 21 comments
    • Why I'll Never Find a Move Like This...

      I'll confess - I generally spend less than 30 seconds looking at any given move in any given game. But every once in a while a move will come up that is so critical and where I believe there should be a forcing win. And when that happens I can sta... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Jan 19, 2009
      • | 2378 views
      • | 11 comments
    • A Satisfying Queen Sacrifice in 17 Move Game

      I played a fun miniature game today with a queen sac and a funny mate. Game and comments below: Thanks for reading! Comments welcomed... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Dec 1, 2008
      • | 4165 views
      • | 34 comments
    • Furious 2 Minute Game vs. My Nemesis

      I logged in to Live Chess for a minute to just poke around and see how things were going. I decided to post a quick seek to play a game and... uh oh! ih8sens, my nemesis (kidding - kind of...) decides to accept the seek! He has a habit of shreddin... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Sep 26, 2008
      • | 2827 views
      • | 15 comments
    • Why I'm Better at Blitz

      I'll be honest - my ability to focus on a chess game goes down hill after a few minutes. It's sad. I've won a few OTB regular tournaments in the lower classes, but I'm not a great tournament player. And I'm not a good turn-base... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Apr 21, 2008
      • | 4776 views
      • | 21 comments
    • Future World Champion Chess Player Born Today!

      Here he is - the future World Chess Champion*!   Ok. I'm teasing. He won't be World Champion. But he is my new little baby boy. His name is Stone. He was born this morning at 6:02am (PST) and weighed in at 8 lbs 9 oz and was 21.25&quo... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Apr 1, 2008
      • | 3366 views
      • | 52 comments