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    • Chess Castle Summer Classic

      I played my first tournament this past weekend since my break about two months ago.  My games are definitely starting to be more positional but my familiarity with the minor pieces still leaves a lot to be desired. My first game was against one ... | Read More

      • Shi_Tou
      • | Jul 27, 2015
    • Seattle Seafair Open

      The Seattle Seafair Open is, of course, the largest SCC tournament each year. I entered the 2 day schedule with a ~1360 rating. (The USCF screwed up, taking 10 days to rate the ECO so it would not affect my rating this month!) In the first round I... | Read More

    • Some cheaters are so stupid! Case in point: azeez2565gm

      This doofus achieved a rating of over 2300 in seven games!  With a vainglorious usernamer, and obvious use of an engine, how could he not be banned with a cheater badge? These are the first 10 online games by member:azeez2565gm. http://www.chess... | Read More

    • One Terrible Idea

      Everyone acknowledges that early game Queen moves are a bad idea, because there are so few squares that a Queen can go in the opening that can't be immediately attacked. The end result is almost always a series of Queen moves to get the Queen out... | Read More

      • Anema86
      • | Jul 26, 2015
    • Vision and focus seem to be fading with age

      Something has been growing wrong with my chess play, occurring more frequently. I've been making one-move blunders: putting pieces en prise, leaving pieces en prise, not playing mates in one. Naturally, it means I'm not seeing more two-movers, too... | Read More

    • President James: Time Passage 7/23/15 Highlights

      It was a crazy night at Time Passage this week. We had a full crew, and crazy bughouse was flying on one side while people were inventing new ways to drink Canadian Club on the other. Between the new drinks and the games with President James, the ... | Read More

      • sotimely
      • | Jul 24, 2015
    • 3.5/5.0 at BLCC Swiss #2

      With a successful ending to last Brandywine Swiss tieing for second, I had high hopes going into this swiss and I wanted to score well again. One thing I am upset about though is not seeing tactics coming from my opponent's perspective and since i... | Read More

    • My St. Pauli Open Round 4-6

      In round 4 my gameplan was to play it safe in the opening and wait for blunders. I played it too safe though and missed the chance to cash in early. Instead my opponent got a good position and grinded me down. Round five was hard work again even... | Read More

      • A_Tack
      • | Jul 22, 2015
    • Summer Tournament #1

      Hello dear chess fans! Summer is the perfect season for partcipating in many tournaments... Most people find the combination of holiday and chess together really tempting and summer is the perfect chance for som good chess. Generally chess playe... | Read More

      • JohnCh15
      • | Jul 21, 2015
    • A chess epiphany: Talk to yourself

      I think I have discovered the key to playing far better chess (at least for me). Talking to myself. I'm not sure whether this statement is obvious or absurd (PsychCentral, for one, thinks it's healthy). I'll let you be the judge. But I know one ... | Read More

      • eltenedor
      • | Jul 20, 2015
    • Strategizing: Perpetually 1600~?

      I want to present some of my games today, because they're both very important to me--and it may not seem obvious, at a glance, what is significant about these games. The first one I'm presenting marks the very first time I've ever legitimately st... | Read More

      • Anema86
      • | Jul 19, 2015
    • A French Defense Explained Move by Move

      I have been playing the French Advance for quite a while now. It fits in nicely with my Sicilian Alapin and also exposes me to some of my weaknesses in chess, namely playing a little bit of defense in exchange for a space advantage. However, givin... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Jul 18, 2015
    • Why do I keep losing to weaker players?

      It sometimes happens in chess that a significantly weaker player than you beats you regularly, ie "he has your number". This is true even for grandmaster level players. In my case, I can drop upto 100 plus points at a stretch, losing game after g... | Read More

    • One Stupid Endgame

      Inspired by Phil's own self-deprecating posts, and being around the same rating, I present my own pathetic game, wherein I made at least 65 mistakes, and probably 65 blunders, fill players in on what I was thinking, and send the games through Ches... | Read More

      • Anema86
      • | Jul 16, 2015
    • The best player on the site!

      No, it is not the troll A_L_I_V_E, despite his/her protestations to the contrary. It's not even Naka.  Nope, I found someone even better: HODEMA blablabla Blablaba Barcelona, Andorra Hodema -  Rated over 2100 and rising fast.  Pure talent.... | Read More


      Oooh boy.This is gonna be an long blog post about playing Claire an computer at https://www.sparkchess.com/. To be honest,she is very tricky,for players who aren't agressive and who don't see tatics and blunders too well,and I used to have trouble... | Read More

    • Millennium Chess - An Introduction

      In this blog series, I will be doing a study on a little-known chess variant called Millennium Chess, or Millennium 3D Chess. In this first post, I will briefly explain the game and some of its basics as they relate to the original game. Millenni... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Jul 5, 2015
    • is chess sports for gentlemen?

      this is chat log of my game --------------------------------- NEW GAME (1205535149) - superpikachu vs. JustAPlayer43 (3 0 rated) (win: 6, draw: -2, loss: -10)JustAPlayer43: cheating man?JustAPlayer43: your time goes slooooooooooooooooooowwww www... | Read More

    • Road to 2k: Ruy Lopez and Pressure Application

      When I first started out in May 2015, the first thing I wanted to learn was openings.  The reason for this is (from someone who was completely out of the scene 6 weeks ago verse you guys who probably forgot what that is like) is because openings ... | Read More

      • sarkhon
      • | Jul 2, 2015
    • Starting Out

      I'm not sure if anyone will ever read this, but I figure it's high time I put some of my writing ability to work and start chronically my journey through chess.   A little about me first though.  I learned how to play chess at the most basic st... | Read More

      • sarkhon
      • | Jun 30, 2015