Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! http://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com A couple of Weekly gamesOk, so after a poor Slow Swiss, I immediately signed up for the next one! Need practice. I played a couple of Weekly games to tide myself over until Slow Swiss 19 began. These are both 45/45 games as well. The first week, I played isaiahjhonson,...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/a-couple-of-weekly-gamesTue, 11 Nov 2014 16:46:59 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/a-couple-of-weekly-gamesSlow Swiss #18So, over a month ago now, the summer finally came to an end and I started postgraduate study at University. With this came the inevitable need for procrastination, and so to divert myself I tamed my bullet ways and started playing in Slow events a...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-18Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:20:28 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-18Games vs. YorkHad a few players from York Uni make the trip up to Durham today. We played a match in the morning (1hr per side) and then in the afternoon, a 4 round Swiss, 30 minute games. I notated my long game and one other vs. a York player. Both ended in a...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/games-vs-yorkSat, 14 Jun 2014 13:19:29 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/games-vs-yorkSlow Swiss #11Hi all, it's ages since I played in this tournament, but finally got around to posting my games. Analysis will be light, but hopefully useful! So this was a 5 round Swiss, hosted here on chess.com by the DHLC. The time controls were 45 45 for eac...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-11Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:54:58 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-11BUCA Championships 2014LAST weekend was the BUCA Team tournament, a competition between teams of 4 players from some of the UK's higher-educational establishments. Durham uni's chess club, having grown a lot since its re-incarnation last year, managed to yield two full ...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/buca-championships-2014Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:06:50 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/buca-championships-2014Durham Uni vs. Peterlee 28/1/14Following on from our friendly against Darlington, we played a friendly against Peterlee, reputedly one of the strongest clubs in the area. It was about a 20 minute taxi journey out there, then probably an extra 5-10 as we drove up and down the ro...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/durham-uni-vs-peterlee-28114Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:23:18 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/durham-uni-vs-peterlee-28114Durham Uni vs. Darlington 25/1/14This was a friendly match we played last night, 6 players a side. Well, Darlington could only bring 4 up to Durham this particular time, which is understandable - it's not a trivial journey! So our top two players played each other on Board 1, and...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/durham-uni-vs-darlington-25114Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:03:36 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/durham-uni-vs-darlington-25114Slow Swiss #10: Rounds 4 & 5So, after 3 rounds of Slow Swiss #10, I am 2/3 with 2 rounds to play! The penultimate round saw me paired with Lavner, and it was a very interesting game, where we got into a situation I have often played before in blitz via a particular variation...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-10-rounds-4-amp-5Tue, 24 Dec 2013 04:26:38 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-10-rounds-4-amp-5Slow Swiss #10: Rounds 2 & 3Back to the Slow Swiss #10 tournament, after losing in the first round I was determined to come back and win the next 4 out of 5! Did I manage it? The next two blogs will cover that. Round 2 of the tournament, I was paired against pedrinho, who I...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-10-rounds-2-amp-3Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:50:50 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-10-rounds-2-amp-3Slow 1-2 Pairing #3: Round 4This was the final round of the Slow 1-2 Pairing #3 tournament! I felt it was a bit short actually with quite a few people in the section. Having drawn 1 game (in Round 1) I was already out of contention to win, with one player having already gone...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-1-2-pairing-3-round-4Mon, 02 Dec 2013 04:31:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-1-2-pairing-3-round-4Slow 1-2 Pairing #3: Round 3Ok, so 1.5/2 in the Slow Pairing tournament so far. This round I was back to playing stronger players by Standard rating as I was paired up against Constantine73, who has a Standard rating in the 1700s, and a USCF rating of 1850. I was expecting a...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-1-2-pairing-3-round-3Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:50:30 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-1-2-pairing-3-round-3Slow 1-2 Pairing #3: Round 2Alright, so after a solid draw in Round 1, I was given a draw against pedrinho in Round 2, who had a sub-1000 rating. (So much for these 1-2 pairing ideas!) However, given that his OTB ecf rating was slightly over 100 (~1500 FIDE), I thought this ...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-1-2-pairing-3-round-2Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:22:51 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-1-2-pairing-3-round-2Slow Swiss #10: Round 1And another new DHLC tournament! This one is another of the usual 5 round Swisses that I have played in a couple of times. The first round game I was White, against IMADDABABNEH, who has a rating around the 1400s for Live Standard. I have to say,...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-10-round-1Fri, 29 Nov 2013 16:00:06 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-10-round-1Slow 1-2 Pairing #3: Round 1You guessed it, frequent reader of my blogs - it's another DHLC slow chess tournament! This one is a 4 round tournament, with pairings decided by rating in a different manner - it pairs the #1 ranked player with the #2 ranked player, and so on! Ac...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-1-2-pairing-3-round-1Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:04:08 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-1-2-pairing-3-round-1Slow Swiss #9: Round 5Hi all, the final round of the Slow Swiss #9 tournament took place last week! At the top of the top of the standings before the round, there were two players on 4/4 (who were facing each other this round) and then just behind on 3.5/4 were myself,...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-9-round-5Sat, 09 Nov 2013 14:27:27 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-9-round-5Slow Swiss #9: Round 4Ok, Round 4 of the Slow Swiss! I was paired against JagdeepSingh, also on a perfect record of 3/3. So, I knew it was going to be a tough battle! In the end it was, I got an advantage out of the opening and at one point my opponent said he consider...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-9-round-4Sun, 27 Oct 2013 16:02:13 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-9-round-4Slow Swiss #9: Rounds 1-3Alright, so I'm a bit behind on this Slow Swiss tournament, of which I played the 3rd round (of 5) today! It's another DHLC tournament, with games played at the 45|45 time control. I'm pleased to say I'm top of the standings with 3.0/3 at this mo...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-9-rounds-1-3Tue, 15 Oct 2013 15:39:55 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-9-rounds-1-3USCL Week 6: Esserman vs. GelashviliHi all, Week 6 of the USCL! This week featured loads of great games, but, in the end, I had to feature this game, the GOTW winner! It was just an incredible game, won by GM Tamaz Gelashvili of the New York Knights over IM Marc Esserman of the Bost...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/uscl-week-6-esserman-vs-gelashviliWed, 09 Oct 2013 13:54:20 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/uscl-week-6-esserman-vs-gelashviliUSCL Week 5: Hendrickson vs. GarciaHi all! So, the USCL regular season is already halfway done, with Week 6's games starting tonight, I thought I'd annotate my pick of the week 5 games before they start! It was a big week for the Carolina Cobras as they finally got on the board wi...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/uscl-week-5-hendricksson-vs-garciaTue, 01 Oct 2013 11:47:14 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/uscl-week-5-hendricksson-vs-garciaWeekly Slow Chess Game #4This week in the Weekly Chess pool, I was paired against Capa_a. It was an interesting game where I used the Yugoslav Attack against the Sicilian Dragon. My opponent was very unlucky as he played into one of the only lines that I know well, and th...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/weekly-slow-chess-game-4Sun, 29 Sep 2013 05:10:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/weekly-slow-chess-game-4