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    • Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory

      Third round in an already dissapointing season. I've managed a draw, and two losses so far.  Moving up to the second table has not been good for my results. In all games, however, I've had large advantages which I was unable to convert. The most ... | Read More

    • Queen Sac, Mate

      From a 5 minute game. One of the few times where tactics trainer's obsession with queen sacks was actually helpful. | Read More

    • Season 2, Round 2

      So my second season on the ERA 'G' squad has begun.  I won round one, round two did not go so well.  Had a fight where I managed to equalize quite quickly, and achieve a slightly superior position.   The game liquidated to an end game quite qui... | Read More

    • Team Tournament, Round 4

        Finally got to play a Sicilian in the tournament.  I didn't feel my game was quite at the level it's been the last few, but I did manage to squeak out a victory.     Despite the win, the day was a loss, as my car was towed during the matc... | Read More

    • Team Tournament, Round 3

      This was a very enjoyable battle.  My opponent had a space and activity advantage for most of the game, but I defended well, and introduced complications when able.  I secured a strong advantage, which I quickly squandered under time pressure. ... | Read More

    • Team Tournament, Finals, Round 1

      My most recent tourney game.  I nursed a small space advantage throughout the game.  My opponent struggled to find a solid plan, and ended getting into time pressure.  The time control was hour and thirty minutes each, with no add on, and by mo... | Read More

    • Team Tournament Game 2

      My team here in Prague organizes a tournament for the members in the off season.  I had actually already lost my game to Jiri as I didn't show up at our scheduled game due to a misunderstanding on my part.  Fortunately, Jiri is a good guy, an... | Read More

    • Final Round, Season 1

      Up against a tough opponent yesterday.  She was an older lady who clearly had tons of experience and the ability to play quickly when needed.  It was the first time I was behind on the time control for most of the game and it certainly wore on m... | Read More

    • Round 10

        We were up against an undefeated team yesterday and, unfortunately, we couldn't serve up their first lost.  I was able to win a pretty decent game after taking a risk early that paid dividends. Ok, so another win against someone just under 1... | Read More

    • Rapid tournament

        First wednesday of every week, there's a great rapid tournament at a local coffee shop here in prague.  15 minute time control.  Generally there's quite a strong field, but this week was particularly strong (including some titled players) so ... | Read More