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 Open Trifecta: Twin Ports, Noel Skelton, BloomingtonGreetings, faithful blog readers! It is I, Fins0905. Several months have elapsed since my last blog post, so I figured I'd better get back on the horse (because I just KNOW you're suffering severe withdrawals from the absence of my blogs!  ). I ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/open-trifecta-twin-ports-skelton-bloomingtonThu, 28 Nov 2013 22:41:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/open-trifecta-twin-ports-skelton-bloomingtonGrowing Your Chess Coaching Business with Chess.comThe following is an article I wrote for the September 2013 edition of The Master's Bulletin, Chess.com's monthy PDF magazine for titled players. Growing Your Chess Coaching Business with Chess.com by John Bartholomew In the early months of 2011 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/growing-your-chess-coaching-business-with-chesscomSun, 25 Aug 2013 16:04:05 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/growing-your-chess-coaching-business-with-chesscomNorth by SouthwestTime for another month-end blog round-up! July was non-stop work for me, as I crisscrossed the country teaching chess. It was awesome! In the span of 2.5 weeks I taught the following: US Chess School - New York, NY (July 11) Western Invitationa...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/north-by-southwestWed, 31 Jul 2013 21:58:14 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/north-by-southwestMN Blitz ChampionshipOn Sunday, June 23, I competed in the Minnesota Blitz Championship in St. Paul, MN. This was the second year I played this 18 game (9 double rounds) event, having won it last year with a score of 16.5/18. This year's tournament was somewhat weak...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/mn-blitz-championshipSat, 29 Jun 2013 22:18:50 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/mn-blitz-championshipRecurring ThemesRecently I have been fascinated by the concept of patterns in chess. At his core, a good chess player is essentially a super-efficient pattern recognition machine. He can cast his gaze upon an unknown position, identify the salient features, recal...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/recurring-themesFri, 31 May 2013 21:58:22 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/recurring-themesOkoboji OpenGreetings! Spring is now upon is, and woodpushers everywhere are gearing up for the slew of summer tournaments that make the warmest months the best time to get back to the board. Due to work commitments I probably won't be playing as actively as ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/2013-okoboji-openMon, 29 Apr 2013 10:58:29 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/2013-okoboji-openBlunder!"The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made." - Savielly Tartakower I recently played a rather captivating game. It was an engaging theoretical battle that featured unusual tactics, a fine king hunt, measured attacks, and inspir...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/blunderSun, 31 Mar 2013 19:49:07 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/blunderReykjavik OpenGreetings from Iceland! I'm back in this lovely country as a participant in the Reykjavik Open, which has just concluded. I'm staying on a few more days as well to participate in the Icelandic Team Championship (for Godinn-Matar). The ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/minnesota-openreykjavik-openThu, 28 Feb 2013 19:10:06 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/minnesota-openreykjavik-openThe Carlsen QuestionThe February 2013 FIDE rating list is out, and Magnus Carlsen - the "Mozart of Chess" - once again reigns supreme among the world elite with an otherwordly, record-smashing (his own!) ELO of 2872: Carlsen is so dominant that he could hand the ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/the-carlsen-questionThu, 31 Jan 2013 21:59:54 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/the-carlsen-questionLondon Chess ClassicHappy New Year to all! The London Eye I was in London, England for the London Chess Classic, Dec. 1-10. This will go down in history as the event where Magnus Carlsen became the highest rated player of all time at 2861 FIDE, eclipsing Garry K...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/london-chess-classicMon, 31 Dec 2012 19:38:13 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/london-chess-classicWorld Youth Championship(WARNING: Lots of pictures ahead!) From Nov. 6-19 I was in Maribor, Slovenia for the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship (WYCC). The World Youth is an annual 11-round event with multiple age categories: U-8, U-10, U-12, U-16, and U-18, with bot...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/world-youth-championshipFri, 23 Nov 2012 23:06:55 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/world-youth-championshipSPICE Cup OpenI had a frightfully poor tournament at the SPICE Cup Open held in St. Louis, MO, October 16-21. I dropped 25 USCF points and about 20 FIDE points in a tough field (12 GMs, 12 IMs out of 42-players); easily my worst tournament in many, many years....http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/spice-cup-openWed, 31 Oct 2012 19:17:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/spice-cup-openNoel Skelton OpenEarlier this month I played in the Noel Skelton Open (Sep. 1-2) in Plymouth, MN. This is a new tournament sponsored by the tournament's namesake: Mr. Noel Skelton. Noel is a USCF expert and businessman who wanted to do something unique to support...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/noel-skelton-openMon, 24 Sep 2012 23:45:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/noel-skelton-openSt. Olaf, Twin Ports, ColumbiaWow, is fall already right around the corner? Summer seemed incredibly short, and I don't even have to worry about returning to school (unlike many of my students)! I've had a really nice last month or so (pretty much non-stop chess), and below i...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/st-olaf-twin-ports-columbiaSun, 26 Aug 2012 20:31:54 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/st-olaf-twin-ports-columbiaWestern Invitational Chess CampAh, the summer chess camp. Often misinterpreted as a threat ("You better be good this summer or I'm sending you away to chess camp") or a punchline ("Oh, you had a blast at adventure camp? Well, I had the time of my life at CHESS CAMP!), insiders ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/summer-happeningsTue, 31 Jul 2012 20:02:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/summer-happeningsThe Man in the Hat 99 | EUGENE VARSHAVSKY |5.0 |H 0|X 39|Z 77|X 56|X 49|L 8|X 159|L 41|L 45| NJ | 12575590 / R: 2169 ->2165 | | | | | | | | | | |   The first and only time I met Eugene Vars...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/eugene-varshavsky-a-cautionary-taleSat, 30 Jun 2012 22:00:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/eugene-varshavsky-a-cautionary-taleChicago OpenGreetings to all chess fans out there! The World Championship just concluded with a hard-fought victory for Vishy Anand, and I felt inspired to write a bit on my recent tournament experience in the Windy City. I played in the super-strong Chicag...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/chicago-openThu, 31 May 2012 21:13:42 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/chicago-openMinnesota Closed, Bobby Fischer Blitz, Okoboji OpenImmediately after returning from Iceland I flew to my home state to take part in the Minnesota Closed Championship (Mar. 16-18). The MN Closed is a six-player round-robin that determines the official State Champion. I qualified based on my perform...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/minnesota-closed-bobby-fischer-blitz-okoboji-openMon, 30 Apr 2012 20:59:34 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/minnesota-closed-bobby-fischer-blitz-okoboji-openReykjavik OpenFrom March 6-13 I played in a very enjoyable event: the Reykjavik Open, held in the chess-crazy country of Iceland. The Reykjavik Open is a strong international tournament that has built an outstanding reputation over the years. Icelanders are k...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/reykjavik-openSat, 31 Mar 2012 20:59:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/reykjavik-openMinnesota OpenLast week I took a trip back home to play in the 119th Minnesota Open (Feb. 17-19). This is a tournament I've grown up on (my first Open was in 2000 at age 13), and it's always a real pleasure to play. People come and go in the chess world, but he...http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/minnesota-openFri, 24 Feb 2012 22:49:51 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Fins0905/minnesota-open