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    • The Awesome Knight

      This is a very interesting game I played on this site, with 9 consecutive knight moves! | Read More

      • ravl
      • | Apr 17, 2012
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      • | 1 comment
    • To blitz or not to blitz?

      This is a question that has been circling my mind for a while. I have heard some people say that playing blitz creates bad habits of not calculating enough, and playing more by "instinct". I have also heard people say, and I agree, that what's m... | Read More

      • ravl
      • | May 27, 2010
      • | 551 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Spanish to the end

      This is a blitz game I played today, featuring my favorite opening as white, and the opening I have been actively studying for the last few months. It was a very enjoyable game for me, because as I played I could see many of the concepts, themes ... | Read More

      • ravl
      • | May 26, 2010
      • | 483 views
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    • Stubbornness

      Here is another of my games, where I planned to use the Dragon as black. My opponent did not follow main lines, yet somehow we reached a Sicilian position. The position was clearly a Najdorf, but since I don't know much about it, I decided to cont... | Read More

      • ravl
      • | May 26, 2010
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    • Playing it by ear

      Following an emerging theme on my games, and also inspired by a very interesting thread in the Chess.com forums about studying openings, I present another game of mine. In this game, I was out of my mental book by move 2 and this was truly a firs... | Read More

      • ravl
      • | Mar 26, 2010
      • | 697 views
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    • Been proved wrong

      This post presents another game I played recently, but now it will have a little background story. In a recent post, I questioned the usefulness of spending time learning opening lines at my level, where most of my opponents don't follow mainline... | Read More

      • ravl
      • | Mar 19, 2010
      • | 482 views
      • | 1 comment
    • The Revenge of the Black Queen

      This is another commented game of mine, I just thought I could make a better title than just adding up to the chapter counter. This blitz game was played online with a 10 minute clock, and though it is full of positional and tactical errors, it w... | Read More

      • ravl
      • | Mar 16, 2010
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    • What was I thinking? ch.5

      Continuing with my comments on some of the games I play, this post has another game with a 15 minute clock played online. This game brings me to wonder if dedicating time to studying main opening lines is really useful at my level. Practically no... | Read More

      • ravl
      • | Mar 9, 2010
      • | 542 views
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    • What was I thinking? ch. 4

      Here is another of my games, played online with a 15 minute clock. I particularly enjoyed this game, because despite I have pretty much no knowledge on white's opening, I managed to use some concepts from other openings I have reviewed to handle ... | Read More

      • ravl
      • | Mar 6, 2010
      • | 552 views
      • | 1 comment
    • What was I thinking? ch. 3

      Here is a recent game I played, again with a 15 minute clock. The position seemed clear to me, I could see what my opponent's intentions were and acted accordingly. Unfortunately, I found myself without enough time to reach an endgame, and I cou... | Read More

      • ravl
      • | Mar 4, 2010
      • | 432 views
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