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 AOW Intramural 3 -- A sub comes through!The DHLC (Dan Heisman Learning Center) often hosts inhouse Swiss style tournaments and in order to mix it up some, some of the earlier Swiss events allowed the players to be on teams.  Some time ago (WOW! It's been over a year and a half already!...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/aow-intramural-3----a-sub-comes-throughSat, 25 Oct 2014 10:37:38 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/aow-intramural-3----a-sub-comes-throughA storm is coming!For the purposes of learning, this was a game where I got quite a bit of guidance.   I started off on my own and my opponent made some dodgy moves on purpose but it happened to have a good opportunity to "pawn storm".  I've lost from someone paw...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-storm-is-comingSun, 06 Jul 2014 11:52:46 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-storm-is-comingSwiss 13 - Round 6 -- ATTACK THE PIN!Swiss 13, round 6 This has not been a very good swiss.   I really hadn't shown to any of my games and lost them quite quickly.  I had been assigned opponents that were far stronger than I am and it was a bit discouraging.  I tried to put up a ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/swiss-13---round-6Thu, 22 May 2014 10:56:27 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/swiss-13---round-6OUCH -- caught in a trapWell... this was a disaster.  No two ways about it.  Disaster start to finish despite the prep. Recall my goals: 1.  Try my best, feel like I'm focusing.  Nope.  We didn't really get far enough but considering the mistakes I made, I say BBB...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/ouch----caught-in-a-trapSat, 03 May 2014 19:07:46 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/ouch----caught-in-a-trapSwiss 12 - Round 4 -- d4 for round 4 -- Long live the queen?Oh my gosh.  Really?  I must confess.  My opponent CLEARLY did his homework.  I did too.  I looked up my opponent's old games and saw he often plays the Ruy as white.  OH BOY.   I saw he actually plays both the exhange variation and the non...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/swiss-12---round-4----d4-for-round-4----long-live-the-queenSat, 01 Mar 2014 12:57:56 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/swiss-12---round-4----d4-for-round-4----long-live-the-queenSwiss 12 - Round 1 -- Are you ready??That's what the real Criss Angel often says... "Are you ready?"   Well, the answer was, "YES!"  I did my homework.  I practiced the Ruy over and over.  I studied games of my opponent.  I tried everything within my skills and within my power....http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/swiss-12---round-1----are-you-readySat, 15 Feb 2014 13:44:16 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/swiss-12---round-1----are-you-readyA vegetating afternoon and a nice gameOne afternoon when I had a little bit of free time, I was watching some games in live.  I came across a game played by Abhishek2 and WhirledPeas.  Abhishek is known to me from the DHLC and he's quite good so I enjoyed watching.  He played well ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-vegetating-afternoon-and-a-nice-gameSat, 28 Dec 2013 17:21:15 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-vegetating-afternoon-and-a-nice-gameSwiss 11 -- Round 1 -- THAT'S ITALIAN and I'm LOVING it!Okay, so for the first round in a Swiss, I'm paried naturally with someone a lot stronger than me.  I'm not expected to do too much and I'm certainly not expected to win -- I just want to do my best. My opponent is almost 500 points or so higher ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/swiss-11----round-1----thats-italian-and-im-loving-itFri, 20 Dec 2013 19:16:29 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/swiss-11----round-1----thats-italian-and-im-loving-itSwiss 10 - Round 5 - A symphony or "I got knocked down but I got up again!"I was not looking forward to this game.  I have a bit of a mental block with this opponent.  In fact, the last time we were paired, he pulled a Sicilian on me and I lost in nine moves after getting my bishop trapped.  That burned pretty bad.  ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/swiss-10---round-5---a-symphony-or-quoti-got-knocked-down-but-i-got-up-againquotFri, 13 Dec 2013 19:59:44 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/swiss-10---round-5---a-symphony-or-quoti-got-knocked-down-but-i-got-up-againquotGunners2004 versus TWO LePage players -- Odds gameOkay -- so we had three things in our favor: 1.  Gunners is playing blindfolded. 2.  It is both Yvan AND I... hopefully we can keep each other from screwing up. 3.   Gunners gave us QUEEN odds...  Now....  Actually, it wound up being pre...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/gunners2004-versus-two-lepage-players----odds-gameSun, 24 Nov 2013 08:14:00 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/gunners2004-versus-two-lepage-players----odds-gameSlow swiss 10 - Round 1 -- Ruy Lopez and Cris Angel -- Match made in heavenSo, with my lousy rating (out of 57 players in this Slow Swiss, I'm #57 -- cripes), in a first round, I'm paired with someone much stronger.  There are no expectations that I will win -- in fact, that's supremely unrealistic to think.   So if y...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/slow-swiss-10---round-1----ruy-lopez-and-cris-angel----match-made-in-heavenSun, 17 Nov 2013 08:57:45 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/slow-swiss-10---round-1----ruy-lopez-and-cris-angel----match-made-in-heavenCris Angel CLAWS -- an exerciseHere's the deal.  I hate the Sicilian with a passion.  Pretty much all my opponents know that and they're using it against me.  I'm going to HAVE to learn a bit about it, like it or not.  And if I can get used to it, I can stop being afraid wh...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/cris-angel-claws----an-exerciseSun, 03 Nov 2013 19:14:43 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/cris-angel-claws----an-exerciseCris Angel CLAWS --- and a WIN??? WHOA!!!Well, this kind of came up spur of the moment, thanks in part to the live servers on chess.com having some trouble on Saturday 21 September 2013.   I was resting and got a message from Gunners2004 (Mark)  inquiring about not being able to get on...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/cris-angel-claws-----and-a-win-whoaSun, 22 Sep 2013 13:12:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/cris-angel-claws-----and-a-win-whoaSymphony from START to FINISH (or what happens when you Play the PLAYER and not the RATING!)Of note:  This annotation took me over two hours.  I put a lot of thought into it.  :)   The slump is horrendous.   I can't do diddly squat lately.  Another player very kindly allowed me to do a practice game.  Unrated, no points at stake...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/symphony-from-start-to-finish-or-what-happens-when-you-play-the-player-and-not-the-ratingSat, 07 Sep 2013 10:01:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/symphony-from-start-to-finish-or-what-happens-when-you-play-the-player-and-not-the-ratingMy diseaseWell, it turns out there is a reason for my profound fatigue, difficulty concentration, body aches and pains and generally feeling lousy.  I've tried to fight it - but did find out something that was wrong.  The good news is, it's treatable.  W...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/my-diseaseSat, 31 Aug 2013 14:43:50 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/my-diseaseOne blunder is all it takesOne blunder is all it takes.     I joined a quad where I will be playing ONLY people of my own rating.  Now, I know many of you stronger players are saying,"you need to play stronger players; it's the only way to get better!"  I got some ad...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/one-blunder-is-all-it-takesFri, 23 Aug 2013 15:17:54 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/one-blunder-is-all-it-takesA simul with a titled player - Cris Angel tries againAnd AMAZINGLY enough, I focused well!!  Sure, I lost - but let's review my goals: 1.  Focus as much as possible.  Feel that I am doing my absolute best given my skills and abilities. 2.  Do NOT give the opponent an easy win.  Make him work ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-simul-with-a-titled-player---cris-angel-tries-againFri, 09 Aug 2013 14:44:56 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-simul-with-a-titled-player---cris-angel-tries-againDual perspectives AGAIN - Game against Gunners2004. Cris Angel TRIES to show claws.... Cris Angel's perspective: In this order, here are your instructions: 1.  Get a pillow.   Put it on the floor. 2.  Sit down in a comfortable chair. 2.   Lean  a TINY bit towards the direction of the pillow on the floor. 4. Â...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/cris-angel-claws---a-game-against-a-stronger-playerThu, 01 Aug 2013 17:48:48 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/cris-angel-claws---a-game-against-a-stronger-playerA sunday afternoon game with husbandWell, it's a Sunday afternoon and time to try a game.  Poor husband.... perhaps he was too focused on the stupid NASCAR race than the game because woooo hooooooooo.... he pulled a "Cris Angel"/my favorite blunder.  Lest you think it's EASY from...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-sunday-afternoon-game-with-husbandSun, 28 Jul 2013 16:23:57 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-sunday-afternoon-game-with-husbandThe game as I see it -- annotation of game between BubbaLouie and ClaviusI was watching this game on a Saturday morning.  I enjoy watching players who are stronger than me.  Often, if they're playing slowly (and they both seemed to be using their time wisely), I like to come up with candidates, trying to figure out t...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/the-game-as-i-see-it----annotation-of-game-between-bubbalouie-and-claviusSat, 20 Jul 2013 11:50:48 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/the-game-as-i-see-it----annotation-of-game-between-bubbalouie-and-clavius