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 nice little tacticFrom a game I had with one of my favorite opponents, KSKonge, my teammate.  I wasn't doing too well in this game but then I spotted a nice little tactic.  You strong players should see it pretty easily.  It's not spectacular.  But it's a nice...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-nice-little-tacticWed, 29 Jul 2015 18:52:17 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-nice-little-tacticThat age old question -- Should I resign?If you've been hanging around in the forums at all, it's certainly not uncommon to find a forum regarding whether or not to resign.   It's a raging war, it seems, with folks on either one side of the coin or the other.   Many say that you should...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/that-age-old-question----should-i-resignMon, 29 Jun 2015 17:40:39 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/that-age-old-question----should-i-resignMate in one puzzleI found a very nice puzzle on a puzzle site.  Allow me to share it.  I DID get it..... it involves one of my favorite moves.  http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/mate-in-one-puzzleFri, 05 Jun 2015 19:36:03 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/mate-in-one-puzzle"We could use some endgame practice"Agggghhhhhh!! My opponent told me that he almost resigned several times but didn't because "we could both use some endgame practice" that is just too close to the truth as will be demonstrated in just a moment.   My end games SUCK!! We have t...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/quotwe-could-use-some-endgame-practicequotSun, 19 Apr 2015 10:28:31 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/quotwe-could-use-some-endgame-practicequotGO Swiss Round 4 - And sometimes, it clicksOkay, so here we go, round 4.  After last week's VERY exciting game, I was pumped.   I was hoping to prep this week but upon looking at my opponent's games and trying to do my homework, I discovered that I had no earthly idea what my opponent wo...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/go-swiss-round-4---and-sometimes-it-clicksMon, 06 Apr 2015 18:44:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/go-swiss-round-4---and-sometimes-it-clicksGO Swiss Round 3 -- Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory!Dedicated to Lumper who gave me the snappy title!!!!   Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory:  Uh... shouldn't that be the other way around? Well, it would be if my OPPONENT was doing the blog. Unfortunately, it's ME that's doing it!   ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/go-swiss-round-3----snatching-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victorySun, 29 Mar 2015 14:09:07 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/go-swiss-round-3----snatching-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victoryOp Ed -- The best way to learn"Any fool can know.  The point is to understand."  Albert Eintstein.   I recently came across a post in the notes of the DHLC (Dan Heisman Learning Center) where a member questioned the usefulness of a particular form of training.  Some memb...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/op-ed----the-best-way-to-learnSun, 22 Mar 2015 17:30:29 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/op-ed----the-best-way-to-learnCalculating incorrectly again -- THIS time in MY favorGO Swiss Round 2.  The opponent is still higher than I am but, of course, I'll still try my best and give the best fight I can.  Once again, I have done my homework.  I looked up the games of my opponent as white and it does appear that he pla...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/calculating-incorrectly-again----this-time-in-my-favorSat, 21 Mar 2015 09:49:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/calculating-incorrectly-again----this-time-in-my-favorGO Swiss Round 1 -- Homework pays off.. until....Alright, here we go again.  Round 1, open pairings.  We all know I'm going to get an opponent who is "out of reach" so to speak.  I'm barely expected to even show up.   Nevertheless, I enjoy playing the stronger playres.  I think I actually p...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/go-swiss-round-1----homework-pays-off-untilSun, 15 Mar 2015 13:19:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/go-swiss-round-1----homework-pays-off-untilLet's learn a tactic!I hated tactics for the longest time.  My teammates had to drag me kicking and screaming into them....  I was always getting them wrong.. But practice, practice, practice.  I'm getting them more often now.   I am to a point now where I can so...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/lets-learn-a-tacticFri, 20 Feb 2015 18:06:07 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/lets-learn-a-tacticCris Angel CLAWS -- until my favorite blunder....For fun, my Art of War teammate, Strickland420, and I decided to meet up in live and have a little game.   We hadn't played each other in a long time and when we played before, he always beat me quite easily. Hehe.  I got a wonderful compliment...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/cris-angel-claws----until-my-favorite-blunderWed, 04 Feb 2015 16:21:29 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/cris-angel-claws----until-my-favorite-blunderAnd the moral of the story is (again) -- DON'T PLAY WHEN SICKMy name is Cris Angel.  I like to hang queens.  (((((sigh)))) I HATE forfeits.  So I didn't want to have to say I was ill and take a forfeit loss.  But I have been ill for over two weeks now. This feels like the virus that will never go awa...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/and-the-moral-of-the-story-is-again----dont-play-when-sickSun, 11 Jan 2015 09:39:31 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/and-the-moral-of-the-story-is-again----dont-play-when-sickThe game as I see it -- Game between Okiemann88 for Team 45/45Okieman88 had a nice win for team 45/45 and as an exercise, I offered to annotate it to see what I could learn.  So here we go. http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/the-game-as-i-see-it----game-between-okiemann88-for-team-4545Sat, 27 Dec 2014 10:44:45 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/the-game-as-i-see-it----game-between-okiemann88-for-team-4545Making lemonade and baitingOnce again, I find myself in the position of being needed as a sub in the Art of War intramural 3. This time, my opponent is Kskonge, another one of my favorites.  (Who am I kidding?  I pretty much love ALL my teammates!).   KsKonge and I had a...http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/making-lemonade-and-baitingSat, 01 Nov 2014 08:28:39 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/making-lemonade-and-baitingAOW 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-ready