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 90|30 game: Faarian vs. -waller-Had the chance to play a 90|30 game against Faarian recently, a very strong player. It was an unusually interesting game which swung back and forth! A good game from my opponent, who found lots of strong moves in complicated positions to gain th...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/9030-game-faarian-vs--wallerSat, 10 Jan 2015 04:43:23 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/9030-game-faarian-vs--wallerLancaster vs. University MatchMonday 1st December, I played my first game representing Lancaster University (where I now study). The match was against Lancaster A in the local league; so a 4 board team match! I got the opportunity to play on Board 1, which gave me Black again...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/lancaster-vs-university-matchWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:37:32 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/lancaster-vs-university-matchPreston Congress 2014On the weekend of the 22nd/23rd November, I competed in the Preston Chess Congress. It was held in one of the UCLan buildings, near the city centre. I entered the Major (u170 ECF) section (u1975 FIDE), which saw a very strong turnout of 40 players...http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/preston-congress-2014Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:48:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/preston-congress-2014A 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-1-3