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likesforests, the Endgame Strategist


    • My "Slowest" Tourney, Finale

      Round 3: likesforests vs 1200 After a good night's sleep I was ready to rumble. More than once I stopped to admire the trophy that might soon be mine. Round 4: 1500 vs likesforests I'm up against a Russian who hasn't competed in a US tournamen... | Read More

    • My "Slowest" Tourney, Day 1

      Thanks for all the advice and well-wishes going into my first 30/90, G/60 tournament. I brought a CD player but never found occasion to use it--there were too many exciting things happening on my board and around me! The first games went well. R... | Read More

    • Strategy of 'My System', Lesson 7

      We're learning chess strategy from the classic My System by Aaron Nimzovich. I'm your guide, likesforests. Grab a cold one, pull up a chair, and enjoy. :) Open Files:  Two Illustrative Games NN - likesforests, chess.com 2008 We already know wh... | Read More

    • Strategy of 'My System', Lesson 6

      We're learning chess strategy from the classic My System by Aaron Nimzovich. I'm your guide, likesforests. Grab a cold one, pull up a chair, and enjoy. :) §2.1 Introduction to "Open Files" The rook is the most difficult piece to bring into play... | Read More

    • Strategy of 'My System', Lesson 5

      We're learning chess strategy from the classic My System by Aaron Nimzovich. I'm your guide, likesforests. Grab a cold one, pull up a chair, and enjoy. :) §1.6 - Avoid grabbing pawns in the opening Nimzowitsch spends a chapter explainin... | Read More

    • Strategy of 'My System', Lesson 4

      We're learning chess strategy from the classic My System by Aaron Nimzovich. I'm your guide, likesforests. Grab a cold one, pull up a chair, and enjoy. :) §1.6 - How to Manage the Center Today I'm trying something interesting. I'm blend... | Read More

    • Strategy of 'My System', Lesson 3

      We're learning chess strategy from the classic My System by Aaron Nimzowitsch. I'm your guide, likesforests. Grab a cold one, pull up a chair, and enjoy. :) Review We had a small break after lesson 2 "An Exchange Followed by a Gain of Tempo"... | Read More

    • Strategy of 'My System', Lesson 2

      We're learning chess strategy from the classic My System by Aaron Nimzowitsch. I'm your guide, likesforests. Grab a cold one, pull up a chair, and enjoy. :) §1.4 An exchange followed by a gain of tempo Imagine you're running a race agai... | Read More

    • Strategy of 'My System', Lesson 1

      We're learning chess strategy from the classic My System by Aaron Nimzowitsch. I'm your guide, likesforests. Grab a cold one, pull up a chair, and enjoy. :) §1.1 You develop a piece by moving it off the back rank and tow... | Read More

    • My System - Join the Fun!

      On July 25th I'll begin publishing a weekly series based on 'My System', a classic chess strategy book by Aaron Nimzowitsch. Many masters consider studying My System a key step to becoming a stronger player.   - Articles will feature a discussio... | Read More