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    • Active win at WA Premier 2014

      After a long time got a good start for a tournament, hopefully I can maintain it.  | Read More

      • NM smalugu
      • | Feb 8, 2014
      • | 575 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Carlsen vs Anand so much like Laxman Rao vs Srinivas

      This post assumes a lot of knowledge of Andhra Pradesh's chess scene 8-15 years ago.  Laxman Rao and Srinivas are quite frequently AP state champions with few national places. They are about 2200-2300 range players who distinctincy remind me of ... | Read More

      • NM smalugu
      • | Nov 18, 2013
      • | 1688 views
      • | 14 comments
    • White to play and draw

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      • NM smalugu
      • | Dec 1, 2011
      • | 3906 views
      • | 26 comments
    • Thematic attacking game

      This weekend I played a thematic tournament where the first moves 1.d4 d5 2.e4 de 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 ef are compulsory. I played the tournament ok but lost my Nemisis again this time with blunders in time pressure. I want to write about one game that... | Read More

      • NM smalugu
      • | Oct 25, 2010
      • | 3804 views
      • | 20 comments
    • A good fight but lost nevertheless

      Following my loss to Guinto and this blog post. I went to the next round quite determined and rearing to a win. My opponent is a kid, really a small kid and when he replied 1.e4 with e5, I tried to get him to my favorite battle ground of King's ga... | Read More

      • NM smalugu
      • | Jun 18, 2010
      • | 3265 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Las vegas tournament- half time analysis

      I have 2 hours to go before the next round and instead of indulging in gambling and escaping reality, I thought of doing a little introspection analysis here of what went wrong and correct. I am playing in the U-2200 section of las vegas open, and... | Read More

      • NM smalugu
      • | Jun 12, 2010
      • | 2207 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Strategic mishandling

      This is a follow up from my yesterday's blog post - http://blog.chess.com/smalugu/i-dont-know-where-i-lost-the-game. I have taken time to analyze and critique the game with some help from fritz. Now I know where and how I lost the game. KID fans m... | Read More

      • NM smalugu
      • | Jun 10, 2010
      • | 1682 views
      • | 3 comments
    • Sad mistake in time pressure

      This game is my second consecutive game an higher rated opponent. After 10 years of chess, I still can't manage my clock! This is how stupidly I lost the game.The time control is 30 moves in 90 minutes and 1 hour sudden death. I only had an analog... | Read More

      • NM smalugu
      • | Jun 9, 2010
      • | 1465 views
      • | 6 comments
    • I don't know where I lost the game

      This is game is the last round from WA open where I won the first three games and failed to gain even 0.5 points in the next three rounds :( My opponent played this game pretty differently, I thought I was holding on the game and have a lot of fi... | Read More

      • NM smalugu
      • | Jun 9, 2010
      • | 1198 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Jonnalagadda's school of chess

      If you are having trouble speaking the name of the chess school, well you are not a native Telugu speaker. But every serious player in Andhra pradesh knows and fears the Jonnalagadda family. Actually they never named their coaching institute as su... | Read More

      • NM smalugu
      • | Apr 30, 2010
      • | 2983 views
      • | 17 comments