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 An Interesting Quandary"Sometimes you can press a little bit and you're trying to do too much and you're trying too hard. You want to win so bad and you want to help the team so badly that you end up trying too much instead of letting the play come to you." - Ed Belfour...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/an-interesting-quandarySun, 21 Jul 2013 07:40:55 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/an-interesting-quandaryGood Result Follows Long Lesson"I got to say, today was a good day." - Ice Cube   Yesterday was a good chess day.    I started out the morning by working on analyzing one of my recent games.  This is an area where I know that I need improvement.  One of the troubles I ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/good-result-follows-long-lessonFri, 14 Jun 2013 09:00:39 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/good-result-follows-long-lessonSome Interesting ThoughtsThis past Saturday I drove to Skokie, IL and played in a G/60 event.  I went 0-3 losing to three players each rated around 70-180 points higher than me.   The first game I miscalculated terribly, the second game I played too passively, and th...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/some-interesting-thoughtsWed, 29 May 2013 07:18:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/some-interesting-thoughtsEndgames, Boy I Don't KnowShout out to West Wing for anyone who gets the reference.   If there is one thing that I have learned this year it's that endgames truly are difference makers.  In January a friend of mine told me that if I just studied rook endings I'd add 20...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/endgames-boy-i-dont-knowSat, 18 May 2013 11:52:20 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/endgames-boy-i-dont-knowThe Sicilian 2c3I want to send a shout out to this book as I was thinking about it earlier today.  One of the first books I read when I was a junior trying to improve was GM Murray Chandler's excellent book Sicilian 2c3 and I was smitten.  I took to this openi...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/the-sicilian-2c3Tue, 07 May 2013 18:58:29 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/the-sicilian-2c3Calculation and the Value of Endgame StudiesI've been reflecting lately on a little piece of human nature relative to progressing in any field of endeavor you so choose.  Specifically the tendency most seem to have to ignore the advice of someone who has already achieved something that we...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/calculation-and-the-value-of-endgame-studiesMon, 06 May 2013 18:30:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/calculation-and-the-value-of-endgame-studiesIf You Want to Improve at Chess the Ulrich's Will Show You HowThis is a game that I played against Anne Ulrich in January.  The Ulrich's are a very strong chess family.  The older brother Tommy is I believe in high school.  He is a 2300 master.  One of the sisters, Rachel, is a 13 year old expert.   A...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/if-you-want-to-improve-at-chess-the-ulrichs-will-show-you-howSat, 04 May 2013 06:42:50 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/if-you-want-to-improve-at-chess-the-ulrichs-will-show-you-howIf Only You Believe in MiraclesSo would I...   I think that Jefferson Starship aptly sums up my experience last night.   Last night I was playing a floored 2100 player whom I have played twice before, scoring a draw when I was 1500 and a win when I was 1700.   Needless...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/if-only-you-believe-in-miraclesFri, 19 Apr 2013 09:47:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/if-only-you-believe-in-miraclesRedemption Song"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds" - Bob Marley   I think that this wonderful bit of lyrical poetry pretty much sums up a game I played last night.   To set the scene...after achieving my all t...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/redemption-songThu, 18 Apr 2013 06:21:34 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/redemption-songWaukesha MemorialThis past Saturday I played in the Waukesha Memorial, which is a one day four round G/60 local tournament that I have played in each of the past three years since I returned to playing chess.   My results were as you would expect for my rating,...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/waukesha-memorialMon, 01 Apr 2013 06:14:35 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/waukesha-memorialTactics Are the Servants of StrategyFor example, last night I played a game against a club member whom I have played numerous times. He is very difficult to beat because he rarely makes tactical blunders and he has a good flair for positional play.   We played a King's Indian and...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/tactics-are-the-servants-of-strategyThu, 28 Mar 2013 19:31:42 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/tactics-are-the-servants-of-strategyBack Above 1700 (Again) After all the work I had done to get my rating up to my all time high of 1724 one bad performance at the beginning of the month dropped me down below 1700 to 1699.   This past week I managed to get back above 1700 to 1702.   The third round...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/back-above-1700-againMon, 25 Mar 2013 06:25:49 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/back-above-1700-againHuman Nature 1 - Human 0Well, in my last four games I have lost material to relatively simple tactics. Last Thursday I was playing a game against a 2100, was up material after he made an unsound sacrifice, and then managed to blunder the exchange and eventually lose the ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/human-nature-1---human-0Mon, 11 Mar 2013 22:23:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/human-nature-1---human-0The Best Laid Plans  So, on the advice of others I will begin cross posting here with my regular blog located at http://ontheroadtochessmaster.blogspot.com/ "Form is temporary, class is permanent." - Hikaru NakamuraWell, I played in the March Madness tournament th...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/the-best-laid-plansTue, 05 Mar 2013 07:29:27 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/the-best-laid-plansQueen Sac FinishI played the following game just a short while ago.  Although my play was sloppy at times (particularly with my horrible waste of time attempt at a trap 18...h6) the result turned out OK.     So all in all I feel that my play was sloppy and...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/queen-sac-finishSat, 24 Nov 2012 17:59:35 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/queen-sac-finishWhere Have All The Cowboys Gone?Well, as it turns out they're busy fighting against the Indian Defenses!   The last time I wrote anything in my blog I was being extremely cocky.  My original plan when I came back to chess at the beginning of 2011 after a 19 year absense was ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/where-have-all-the-cowboys-goneSun, 14 Oct 2012 07:45:31 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/where-have-all-the-cowboys-goneTime to Make a Real Run at Class AWhen I started playing chess again in January of this year I had a goal. That goal was to have my USCF rating up to 1600 by the end of this year (about a 50 point gain from where I started, but I was 1550ish going on 1200 since I hadn't played in ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/time-to-make-a-real-run-at-class-aSun, 11 Dec 2011 12:08:38 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/time-to-make-a-real-run-at-class-aIt's Tough When You're Outrated by Almost A Thousand PointsYesterday I went to a training lecture by GM Varuzhan Akobian.  After a six hour lecture and question & answer session GM Akobian gave a simul. Here is my game.  As you can see I was taken apart rather handily. http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/its-tough-when-youre-outrated-by-almost-a-thousand-pointsSun, 13 Nov 2011 10:07:32 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/its-tough-when-youre-outrated-by-almost-a-thousand-pointsHales Corners Challenge - Made it Over 1700!Had another good tournament result yesterday.  Played in a local event, the Hales Corners Challenge XIV.  This is a four round G/60 tournament sponsored by the Southwest Chess Club, of which I am a member. Due to the fact that the first round s...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/hales-corners-challenge---made-it-over-1700Sun, 23 Oct 2011 07:08:17 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/hales-corners-challenge---made-it-over-1700FIDE Continental America's Amatuer Chess Championship I arrived in Chicago last night.  Staying at the Inter-Continental where the tournament is being held.  It's a nice enough place, but as with all Chicago businesses the advertised price is never the final price.  Sure, the room is $85/night, ...http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/fide-continental-americas-amatuer-chess-championshipFri, 01 Jul 2011 07:12:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/ChrisWainscott/fide-continental-americas-amatuer-chess-championship