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    • Breaking 2100 - Winning Ugly

      Check out my original blog post here! Well, I’ve finally done it. This past Sunday I played against an expert in the Pittsburgh Chess League and pulled out a nail biter to get the win. The win puts me at 2/2 (both games with black) in the leagu... | Read More

    • Big Bos-Man Draw, Tha’s all!!

      Beat Reporter:  Mark LaRocca) “Big Bos-Man, can’t you hear me when I call” The Big Boss Manhattan Applesauce (I’m a poet, dontcha know it) came to town and with their two GM top boards, they were definitely the favorites.  But, their a... | Read More

    • LIVE Blitz Chess Commentary #324: English Symmetrical, hedgehog system

      This is a blitz chess game I played as white with time control 3|2. The opening was the English Symmetrical, hedgehog system. Control the center, and there's a strong chance you control the game. The critical pawn breaks for black in the hedgehog ... | Read More

    • My poor f7 and luck in chess - as pure as it gets

      After a heartbreaking loss I had more than a month ago, I decided I'd never, ever play a game of live chess against a human being. Well, the pain gradually subsided over the long break and I already knew that if I want to ever improve at this thin... | Read More

    • Montana State Championship - Round 2 (Blunders 'R Us)

      I was looking forward to playing Dan in Round 2 because we've been evenly matched for a long time, and I wanted to break through the logjam. Unfortunately, despite my long rest after Round 1 (or maybe because of it?), I missed some obvious moves a... | Read More

      • logosx1
      • | Oct 12, 2015
    • Nakamura and McShane's big mistake

      I love following this Millionaire Chess tournament. It's really quite a spectacle: untitled players can pick up tens of thousands of dollars, one top player gets to go home with $100,000, and there's even the bizarre "Win a million" lottery to kee... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Oct 12, 2015
    • puzzle number 17

      HI everybody! After a long break i show you a puzzle. After Qb4 should white take a queen or not. If someone do that first and leave the comment win a trophy. | Read More

      • piotrchess
      • | Oct 12, 2015
      • | 1 comment
    • Breaking the rules

      Rules of thumb in chess can be quite handy for beginning chess players, but when a chess player becomes stronger it also becomes more important to know when to break those rules of thumb. I just played a game which made me think about the rule of... | Read More

      • achja
      • | Oct 11, 2015
    • Model Game Nimzo Indian Saemisch by Aronian

      I started looking at this game on a plane trip and was mesmerised.   For a while I've been looking at expanding my Black opening repetoire against 1. d4 by including the Nimzo Indian, and this recent game from the Sinquefield by Aronian is simply... | Read More

    • Break Away From The Everyday

      I truly have a love hate relationship with chess. I love to play but I hate it when I make stupid ass moves that cost me games.   I like to take a break from my endless hours of research and writing for my blog and see if I will be victorious, ... | Read More

      • phlayer
      • | Oct 11, 2015
      • | 1 comment
    • How could I not know this rule. Castle rights

      I don't consider myself an expert chess player (but hoping to get there in the next 5-10 years) but surely not a beginner. I just started playing some tournaments and realized I don't even know one of the most basic rules of chess. Castle rights.... | Read More

    • Getting out of the mud

      Getting out of the mud. I felt just amazing this year. It has been a blessed year.A lot has gone absolutely right.I am blessed that I have a job.A year to two years a go I was undergoing massive amounts of stress. I was being yelled at and bera... | Read More

    • China's Ascension to the Top

      Check out my original post on my blog here! I thought for today’s post, I’d share an ongoing development in chess – China’s sudden emergence as one of the world’s strongest national teams. China really caught my eye this summer with Wei... | Read More

    • Telford A v Priorslee Lions A

      After the first round matches in the league it has become very clear that although current champions once again survival maybe the first target before even daring to consider challenging for the league, as nearly all the teams appear to be stronge... | Read More

    • Saving a lost position

      As competitors we all like to win chess games.However as we are imperfect we will always sooner or later wind up in inferior or even lost positions throughout our chess careers.So how to save a half point or win from an inferior or lost position?F... | Read More

    • Pawn Structure Chess - The Caro Structure

      Over the next few weeks, I will be going over the book Pawn Structure Chess by Andrew Soltis with Robert0905. We are still working on the details of how we will be presenting this to you all, but be sure to check out his blog and his group for mor... | Read More

      • PaulEChess
      • | Oct 6, 2015
    • Pawn Structure Chess Review with PaulEChess

      For the next several months I will be partnered with PaulEChess in our review of Pawn Structure Chess. Together, we will attempt to instruct players in the handling of different pawn structures ("Pawns are the soul of chess"--Philidor). Our two bl... | Read More

      • Robert0905
      • | Oct 6, 2015
    • Pavel Eljanov – The Player That Turned Baku Upside Down

      Check out my original post here. If you followed the World Cup before the Svidler v. Karjakin final earlier this week, then one name you’ve definitely seen in the media is Pavel Eljanov. Besides winning his first 6 classical games, he managed... | Read More

    • Homecoming Chapter 3

           So, during the end of the second quarter, my friends from the frosh and JV teams got together to play football, while the girls watched. It was extremely fun. Then we all ordered pizza and hungout.        As the night continued the... | Read More

    • Baku Finals TB:Karjakin wins Baku World Cup

      Karjakin won,though with lot of luck.This tiebreak simply was a blunder fest.They were all decisive games.Karjakin finally did it in the blitz,scoring 2-0 from Svidler.The first tiebreak-the rapid had Karjakin win in the first round.Then Svidler w... | Read More