St. Louis Arch Bishops vs. Baltimore Kingfishers 2.5-1.5
GM Le Quang Liem (2785) - GM Niclas Huschenbeth (2603) 1-0 View Game
GM Varuzhan Akobian (2758) - IM Levan Bregadze (2530) 1-0 View Game
WGM Anna Sharevich (2367) - NM Jared Defibaugh (23... | Read More
It is hard to play a 9 round, 9 day chess tournament without.... uh.... inadvertantly walking into the onsite chess store. This is exactly what happened to me at the recent U.S. Open in Orlando.
I was surprised at how much merchandise they had.... | Read More
Part 1 - The Concept of Imbalances
"A sound plan makes us all heroes, the absence of a plan, idiots." -G.M. Kotov
Imbalances - Learning the ABCs
Just about everyone has problems with planning.
The typical player does what he feels like do... | Read More
Playing live online chess can be great fun, but sometimes you just want to play another person over the board.
As we all know, playing over-the-board chess has its own set of rules and guidelines that must be followed in tournament pla... | Read More
In part one I reviewed one of my own games where I did not sense the danger and payed heavily. In Part 2, I outline my thought process in another of my own games and outline methods to use in your own games to appropriately Deal with the Danger! (... | Read More
An instructive moment from a recent game. What should white not play next?
(Edit: the editor won't let me make paragraph breaks today for some reason. Sorry about that!)
Why is it a mistake? We should go back to see what the minority attack i... | Read More
It has often been said that chess is a "gymnasium for the mind", but what exactly are the benefits that a child can derive from the Royal Game? Can we go so far as to claim that it can teach children important life skills and boost their academic... | Read More
Alexander Alexandrowitsch Aljechin and alcohol
A couple of sentences about Alekhine will give the flavour:
‘In a few tournaments he was found in a field drunk. He would urinate on the floor in other events.’ For these dainty tidings no doc... | Read More
Hello friends, opponents, and viewers!
I have really enjoyed blogging so here's another blog on how 800-1300 can improve their Chess. Many of my friends are under 1300 or just passed 1300 recently and I'm sick of it. They need their Online Chess ... | Read More
In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in the room. There were no distinguishing features save for the one wall covered with small index-card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject i... | Read More
EDIT: After ALMOST breaking 1900 Bullet (1898!) I slumped all the way down to 1750. The life of a bullet chess playa!
So, this is how you break (or at least how I broke) 1800 bullet
STEP 1: Play good pre-move openings
http://www.chess.c... | Read More
It's been a while since I've been able to post. Fortunately, the reason is that I've simply been too busy playing chess This past weekend (August 15th-17th) I had the pleasure of playing in the Columbia Open run by the Columbia Chess Club (www.... | Read More
You MUST not allow your opponet to get a massive pawn center.
Now let's look at anoter example of how the pawns can be used.
Puzzle #1 about center pawns and attacks
Now lets see a game which shows the power of a Mobile... | Read More
Hello again chess world! We're back for another exciting season of US Chess League action. 2 new teams, the Atlanta Kings and the Rio Grande Ospreys, have joined the fray with high-powered lineups, increasing the league to 18 teams. This led to a ... | Read More
CARLSEN: "You again?"ANAND: "Yes. I am a book of a thousand pages and you have seen but one."CARLSEN: "Well, those pages must all be blank."ANAND: "Funny. I'll let you in on a secret: you're not Kasparov." CARLSEN:
"Stop your jaw flappin' ... | Read More
Ocala was my first tournament since college and it was quite a bite of fun. As this is my first blog post, I thought I would show my two favorite games from the tournament. Much to Jon's disappointment, only one is a Scandanavian defense game.... | Read More
A nicely played positional game leaves a nice impression because that is what chess was originally about. (I know, I know, 99% tactics and all that but it's nice to take a break from super-sharp attacks once in a while. :) ) This game was a p... | Read More
There is currently an Ebola outbreak putting all of us at risk. Pls help educate all around u by sending this msg to all your contacts..
What is EBOLA?
It’s a virus that attacks a person blood system:
Ebola is what scientists call a haemor... | Read More
Recently my mouse ran out of batteries and there were no fresh ones at my place. So I've been stuck with the built-in touch pad for the first few days.
Regardless, I've been playing really well in bullet. How well? Career-best well. Obviously, th... | Read More
Good time of day to you my dear chess friends,
As promised in my last post on analysis in the Scandinavian, I am here to day to bring you some analysis of interesting games and positions from my games at the World Open U2000 played during the fou... | Read More