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    • Western States Open - Early Day 1

      Woke up at 6:45am this morning, finished packing, got the kids ready, picked up my father-in-law, and headed to the airport to catch a 9:25am flight. Always a little bitter-sweet saying good bye to the kids, knowing you're gonna miss them, but als... | Read More

      • jay
      • | Oct 23, 2009
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      • | 12 comments
    • Happy Birthday Erik!

      Happy Birthday to Erik. Let's make sure he feels the love today. Post any interesting factoids you know about Erik, to make him feel even more special. The interesting factoid I know about Erik is he is THE most organized/clean person I've ever me... | Read More

      • jay
      • | Sep 3, 2009
      • | 3858 views
      • | 49 comments
    • Las Vegas National Open (2009) G/10 Tournament

      Just finished the G/10 tournament. I'm  semi-pleased with my results, but definitely blew a couple games where I had at least a draw and/or win in a few instances. Here are my games in order:   Game 1 was 3 boards from the last board... | Read More

      • jay
      • | Jun 5, 2009
      • | 2905 views
      • | 9 comments
    • Knowing your exact Chess weaknesses and strengths

      I have been playing chess for over 10 years now, competitively on and off, but I seemed to have reached a plateau around 2000. One of my biggest problems was that I just had no idea what areas of my chess I needed to improve on in order to get to ... | Read More

      • jay
      • | Dec 20, 2007
      • | 11419 views
      • | 21 comments
    • A Week in the Life of a Chess.com Code Monkey

      I have a few reasons for writing this blog:   I thought the other Chess.com members would enjoy reading what goes on behind the scenes to make a website like this function.It's therepeutic to get all of the stuff that is floating in my br... | Read More

      • jay
      • | Dec 14, 2007
      • | 2761 views
      • | 29 comments
    • A subtle but devastating blow!

      This is a game I just finished. I thought this move was especially devastating even though black was already clearly winning:     And here is a link to the full game: http://www.chess.com/echess/game.html?id=64715   | Read More

      • jay
      • | Sep 15, 2007
      • | 1415 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Never give up!

      So many times you find yourself in losing chess games, difficult positions, down material, but let's face it...in how many of those games are you facing a GM or a computer that is flawless? Almost never right? In most cases, it is pretty likel... | Read More

      • jay
      • | Aug 12, 2007
      • | 1881 views
      • | 5 comments
    • King's Gambit - Santana Row

      Here is another game I played this evening at Santana Row. Once again, not sure of my opponents strength, but he was russian, and that's all that matters. :) | Read More

      • jay
      • | Aug 12, 2007
      • | 1369 views
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    • A brutal attack on an uncastled King

      This was a 5/0 blitz game I played this evening at Santana row. The guy I was playing is a pretty strong player, about 2000 I believe last I checked at the local chess club. When I mated him...it took him nearly 10 seconds to realize he'd been... | Read More

      • jay
      • | Aug 12, 2007
      • | 1061 views
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    • A Very Messy Game!

      Was just going over some old games, and was excited to post some of them here on Chess.com for others enjoyment. This is an extremely messy game that just seemed to get more complicated with every move. I had Bisguier analyze it, and he was left s... | Read More

      • jay
      • | May 19, 2007
      • | 1733 views
      • | 5 comments