I guess I have a pretty good memory. My wife disagrees.
The people who really matter though, the guys at the local chess club, agree with me and find themselves impressed with the way I remember opening lines, endgame theory, games I played 4 y... | Read More
Yup. Just bought my first regulation chess set. Nice wood set that will double as board one for each upcoming Sudbury Championship.
The guy who sold it to me thought it was crazy I didn't already own a set.
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Set a new all time high blitz rating today. Kind of a neat game.
A non-critical Bf4 QGD where black sacs an exchange for strong pawns.
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This is very likely the best quote regarding the endgame I've ever read. It explains perfectly why studying the endgame is such a surefire way to improve your rating.
(Entire essay can be found in the introduction to Jesus De La Villa's "100 En... | Read More
So I'm sure some of you have figured it out by now, but for those who haven't, NM Linlaoda and I do some training work together every once in a while. I figure training with somebody of similar strength is often beneficial.
Anyways, it came up ... | Read More
The other interesting game in my Sudbury Championship this year.
Essentially the endgame strategy started on move 2. As is usually the case, white should have had enough counterplay with the open files and bishops to hold the game, but I had th... | Read More
The crucial penultimate game of this years Sudbury Championship.
Anticlimactic, but a good tactical exercise.
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Sometimes, and it sucks - but it happens, you end up in a crap position.
Sometimes you're dead lost and resignation is really the only option. Frankly, I prefer this because you aren't forced to suffer. You can just move on to the next game.... | Read More
Sorry for the delay! Work got crazy combined with a string of fairly poor submissions and then after a week or so without a new blog, the game submissions stopped and blah blah blah...
Anyway, here we are.
This is a bit of a misleading title b... | Read More
Another interesting game with an instructive ending!
My notes in regular text. Player's notes are in (brackets).
So... A few lessons:
- Again, a very solid opening, but solid can mean passive if you aren't careful.
- In a position where whi... | Read More