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    • My First Master!

      Last weekend I went to my state's chess championship. It was quite the tournament. I had just recently started college and was coming off a fun exam week. So I hadn't really been studying chess all that much, just playing a lot of blitz online and... | Read More

    • USCL Week 6 preview/predictions

      Unfortunately I've been pretty busy this week, so the recap of last week's games will be a little late. However, since it wouldn't make much sense to post predictions after the matches have finished, I figured I'd at least get this done quickly be... | Read More

    • The Regulator (a short short-story)

      Wheezing fitfully, he struggled to claim just one good breath from the oxygen tubes that curled and entwined themselves about his wheelchair like the kudzu that slowly devoured the family’s land. Travis stared at the old weathered barn, its bo... | Read More

      • ABaldwin67
      • | Sep 30, 2014
      • | 82 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Your back rank is weaker than mine!

      Getting checkmated on the back rank is one of the first (and most painful) ways we lose a chess game when we are learning. The sudden realisation that our King can't move in such an "open" position leaves us with a bad taste in our mouth. However ... | Read More

      • PATOMARK
      • | Sep 30, 2014
      • | 77 views
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    • 2014 Alabama State Championship

      Last weekend was the Alabama State Championship.  Even though I knew I couldn't play in the last two games (reducing my winning chances), I still decided to play in it for the experience  Before the tournament I had decided my calculation neede... | Read More

      • SJFG
      • | Sep 29, 2014
      • | 178 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Strange French

      This was a very unusual French Defense game. It quickly transposed into a variation of the closed Sicilian. I'm not very familiar with the Sicilian so I wond up leaning heavily on opening databases (it was days per turn aka correspondense chess, s... | Read More

      • LearnHard
      • | Sep 27, 2014
      • | 108 views
      • | 2 comments
    • 2014 Week 5 Review: Baltimore Kingfishers vs. Manhattan Applesauce

      Baltimore Kingfishers vs. Manhattan Applesauce 1.5-2.5 GM Akshayraj Kore (2543) - GM Robert Hungaski (2551) 0-1 View Game IM Levan Bregadze (2530) - FM Andrew Shvartsman (2432) 1-0 View Game IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat (2450) - FM Rico Salimbagat (22... | Read More

    • The Waste Land

      THE WASTE LAND By T. S. Eliot   CONTENTS I. THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD II. A GAME OF CHESS III. THE FIRE SERMON IV. DEATH BY WATER V. WHAT THE THUNDER SAID NOTES ON "THE WASTE LAND"   I. THE BURIAL OF THE DEAD April is the cruelle... | Read More

      • thodorisH
      • | Sep 26, 2014
      • | 141 views
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    • USCL Midseason power rankings

      So Greg decided to release his midseason power rankings, meaning I need to one-up/challenge him with my own version :) Unlike Greg's version, in which he ranks the teams by how likely they are to win the championship, I'm ranking teams by how wel... | Read More

    • A Break and Restart

      I've taken a break from over-the-board (OTB) games for the past three weeks. I have one more week of rest and recuperation before heading back to the chess board next week at my local club.  When I started serious chess study in July 2013 I w... | Read More

      • Chessmo
      • | Sep 25, 2014
      • | 239 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Sharks save their season vs Gata and the Knights.

      The defending champs had their backs against the wall and it was only week 3. The Sharks had the misfortune of starting 0-2 and were rewarded with the challenge of facing Knights and the great Gata to salvage their season. It took nine games but ... | Read More

    • My First OTB Tournament - Day 2

      For Day 1 click here - http://www.chess.com/blog/PATOMARK/my-first-otb-tournament---day-1So day 2 was upon me and I woke up feeling very nervous. I knew that I was going to be playing some high rated players this day, and I was not at all confide... | Read More

      • PATOMARK
      • | Sep 24, 2014
      • | 243 views
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    • USCL Week 5 preview/predictions

      New Jersey currently sits in third place in the Eastern division, but with this positioning hardly secure every match becomes a little bit more important from here on out. Our match tonight is against the Carolina Cobras, who are currently at the ... | Read More

    • USCL week 4 recap

      It certainly wasn't pretty, but it was New Jersey's turn to escape with a key half point against the New England Nor'Easters. In an interesting departure from previous weeks, this time it was the bottom boards who came through for the Knockouts, w... | Read More

    • Why You Should Play Chess! 2400 Amateur Player

      I don't really want this to be a blog similar to the ones " Why You Should Eat Vegetables" instead of fastfood or " Why You Should Play The Piano".  The reasons I give on why you should play chess are from experience, so if any of the points you ... | Read More

      • Scott356
      • | Sep 22, 2014
      • | 174 views
      • | 0 comments
    • 2014 Week 4 Review: Atlanta Kings vs. Baltimore Kingfishers

      Atlanta Kings vs. Baltimore Kingfishers 0.5-3.5 IM Carlos Perdomo (2400) - IM Tanguy Ringoir (2583) 0-1 View Game NM Damir Studen (2372) - IM Levan Bregadze (2530) 0-1 View Game NM Richard Francisco (2382) - NM Jared Defibaugh (2325) 0-1 View G... | Read More

    • The NFL Non-story

      I'm sure you all know about the controversy surronding the NFL. If not, let me fill you in. In short, Ray Rice decked his then fiance and the NFL suspended him two or three games. Of course the was the outcry from the media, "don't you care about... | Read More

      • mapayt
      • | Sep 20, 2014
      • | 163 views
      • | 2 comments
    • This is Ukraine today – September 18: Donbas has experienced heavy shelling – this is wh

      This is Ukraine today – September 18: Donbas has experienced heavy shelling – this is what the truce ''Russian-style''   Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!War, not the expected peace arrived at the doorstep of Great Britain and Fra... | Read More

      • Osokor
      • | Sep 19, 2014
      • | 212 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Spassky - Penrose, Palma, 1969.

      http://www.ajschess.com/lifemasteraj/spassky-penrose_palma1969.html One of the prettiest games Spassky ever played. (It did not win the brilliancy prize, but did share a "best-played game" prize.) It is also carefully annotated in the book: "The ... | Read More

    • Voynich manuscript/Are you be able to translate for me

      From wikipedia The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codexhand-written in an unknown writing system. The vellum in the book pages has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404–1438), and may have been composed in Northern It... | Read More

      • lavin_arrt
      • | Sep 17, 2014
      • | 170 views
      • | 0 comments