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    • The Jalalabad Defense - bad, but not as bad as my blunders…

      In this game, my opponent played a weird opening, which turns out to be called the Jalalabad Defence. It's a bad looking opening, but my mistakes turned out to be worse than however objectively bad the defence is. This game was 15 minutes with a t... | Read More

      • john4000
      • | Aug 31, 2015
    • Richard Réti

      Richard Reti (1889-1922) is one of my favourite chess personalities. He is a well known chess player, but maybe not so well-known as Alekhine, Capablanca, Anand, Carlsen, etc. This thread is not, however a biography about Richard Reti, but an acc... | Read More

    • How to eliminate Blunders

      I'm no grandmaster or highly rated chess player but I know how to eliminate blunders. Well technically I know how to reduce blunders by 80%. I did not find this out myself I watched the following video by GM Igor Smirnov www.youtube.com/watch?v=_N... | Read More

      • aidyeo123
      • | Aug 29, 2015
    • King Safety

      I've spent a great deal of time playing against Chessmaster: Grandmaster Edition, because for a few years I found it to be a pretty good way to get my chess fix. I was playing at instantchess.com, but quickly grew dismayed by the number of people ... | Read More

      • Anema86
      • | Aug 24, 2015
    • Studying does work! Who knew?

      I picked up the book "Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps" B. Pandolfini, Simon & Schuster 1989 at the local used book store.  I have since been studying the King's Gambit lines.  In the book Panolfini is a big fan of the moves Bxf7+, Kxf7, Qh5+ ... | Read More

      • Bumper72
      • | Aug 23, 2015
    • 2 big blunders and I still win?

      Just played a game where I made 2 huge blunders and still somehow managed to win the game. It's an inspiration cuz I was thinking about resigning. Positive message of the day: Never give up😉 | Read More

    • Intuition vs. Calculation

      Today chess computers are so good that humans emulate to play like them. Computers are known for their cold hearted ability to brute-force calculate every line, many moves deep. Unfortunately, humans cannot even come close to the computer's abilit... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Aug 22, 2015
    • An introduction

      Hello, everyone!   I'm Aoikunie, a huge chess fan. In this blog, I'll record my journey to chess mastery for everyone (or myself only ) to read. I'm from Sweden and I have a rating of 1 000 IRL because I just started playin... | Read More

      • AoiKunie
      • | Aug 22, 2015
    • Games 2 and 3 from BC Open

      I dont have the notation directly with me... but I will try my best to record the moves here. Just to talk about my thoughts during the games and what I felt during play.      And Game three. the awful blunders. | Read More

      • LaCiCaDa
      • | Aug 21, 2015
    • My Games #14: Scotch 4 Knights

      You know I like showing off my wins against strong opponents.  My opponent with the white pieces was ~2150 level. We both made some blunders but it was prety exciting. I made a dangerous Bishop sacrifice on h3. More of a positional than tactical... | Read More

      • Haggard-CC
      • | Aug 17, 2015
    • Interesting Game

      So today i played a rather interesting blitz game. What made it interesting was not the mistakes/blunders made by the both of us but how my opponent was not afraid of me invading his side of the board. To illustrate this i will show you all two ga... | Read More

      • Zoro0001
      • | Aug 16, 2015
    • Rubbish

      It's August 2015. I have taken time off chess to sit my final exams of which I have passed my writtens but need to resit my clinical (OSCE) before I can become a fully fledged Emergency Department consultant. As a result, my chess has deteriorate... | Read More

      • EdwardT2
      • | Aug 16, 2015
    • Chess Thought Process: Introduction

      This series is about how masters build their thought process. What do they think, how do they think? The answer lies in this and the next few blogs... The question that pesters most amatuer chessplayers is: What to think and How to think? Althoug... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Aug 11, 2015
    • Canadian Open 2014 Round 8. Horrible blunders but a win nonetheless

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    • 2nd Half: Alekhinetroll and the Raiders of the Lost Arsenal

      Allergic to trolls?!! Get yer fresh one size fits all, no respecter of uniqueness/personhood immunization, once adjuvanted then you may enter: THE TROLLOSPHERE.... STILL HEAVY TONGUED? NO WORRIES BEHOLD!!! THE ORWELLIAN TIMES     Sub... | Read More

    • Game #5

      After losing a lot of games last night, today I played an amazing game against a very high rated player (for me) and I beat him with some moves that I thought were blunders but ended up to be good moves after all. | Read More

    • Traxler Counterattack

      This is the Traxler Counterattack (ECO C57) under the best circumstances, following a series of blunders from white. The opening begins with the Italian game, 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6, and then 4. Ng5, making a double attack on the f7 square... | Read More

    • Opposite side castles! How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb! Part I.

      Hi All, Here I want to share some of my recent 10 min games which are featured opposite side castling and race conditions. I use engine analysis as well to spot missing tactics or blunders in the game by both sides. Games are not perfect, but the... | Read More

      • TCSPlayer
      • | Aug 6, 2015
    • 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