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 Chess in Black and White Issue 17: Revival EditionNow that I have finished student teaching I will restart my blogs. I realize this is a long post, but it was been a while. Today I will summarize my chess since my last blog. We left off in the spring when I was in the upper 1600's. I had spent mo...http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-clack-and-white-issue-17-revival-editionTue, 16 Dec 2014 17:19:18 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-clack-and-white-issue-17-revival-editionRound 1 of the PCl, draw against a 2100Here is my first round game of the Pittsburgh Chess League. We are the lowest ranked team in division 1 by far. Our average rating is 1760 and the next lowest is 1950. But maybe we can get a few points over the course of the year http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/round-1-of-the-pcl-draw-against-a-2100Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:04:11 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/round-1-of-the-pcl-draw-against-a-2100Cleveland Open Round 1; 94 Moves!This was round 1 of the Cleveland Open last weekend. U1800 section.  http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/cleveland-open-round-1-94-movesTue, 19 Aug 2014 09:03:17 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/cleveland-open-round-1-94-movesChess in Black and White Issue 16 "Team A, final match of the first year in Division 2"This was our final match of the year. We manages to scrape out a win 2.5-1.5, with our first board plyer sick. A very satisfying day for the whole club. http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-15-quotteam-a-final-match-of-the-first-year-in-division-2quotMon, 31 Mar 2014 11:53:37 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-15-quotteam-a-final-match-of-the-first-year-in-division-2quotChess in Black and White Issue 15 "Tournaments in the last week or so"Here are my games from the last two tournaments I played in, comments and suggestions welcomed :) Thanks for reading!http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-15-quottournaments-in-the-last-week-or-soquotMon, 10 Mar 2014 19:02:36 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-15-quottournaments-in-the-last-week-or-soquotChess in Black and White Issue 14 "Team Match and Campus Tournament"Here my games from the last couple weeks. The first one is a team match game. The other 4 are from the campus tournament last saturday. The last 4 were game in 30 min. Thanks for reading! Also in the coming weeks I will posting games fr...http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-14-quotteam-match-and-campus-tournamentquotMon, 24 Feb 2014 10:49:31 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-14-quotteam-match-and-campus-tournamentquotChess in Black and White Issue 13 "G/75 final round"Here is my final round in the G/75 championship at pitt in the U1600 section. Comments and suggestions are welcomed! http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-13-quotg75-final-roundquotSun, 09 Feb 2014 10:28:31 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-13-quotg75-final-roundquotChess in Black and White Issue 12 "Round 3 G/75"Here is my round three win, a back and forth game, lots of fun, after the in I was one of two people with 3/3 and tied for the lead going into the final round as always comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for reading!http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-12-quotround-3-g75quotThu, 06 Feb 2014 11:26:47 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-12-quotround-3-g75quotChess in Black and White Issue 11 "Round 2, G/75"This was my round 2 game, a french defense. I included my thoughts and lines I considered during the game Tomorrow I will post round 3, an exciting Kings gambit game. Thanks for reading! Comments and suggestions would be great! http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/issue-10-quotround-2-g75quotTue, 04 Feb 2014 19:12:29 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/issue-10-quotround-2-g75quotChess in Black and White Issue 10 "Round 1, G/75 U1600"This is my round one game, rounds 2-4 will come throughout the week. I went 4-0 for the tournament and jumped from 1563 to 1633. I included some thoughts and other lines throughout, enjoy! Comments and suggestions would be great! http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/issue-10-quotround-1-g75-u1600Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:46:19 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/issue-10-quotround-1-g75-u1600Chess in Black and White Issue 9 "Blitz tournament!"It has been a while since my last post. The main reason was that I was putting in a lot of time getting ready for my otb January team match. It was planned for yesterday, but due to the weather we have to try to find another date to play. My prepe...http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-9-quotblitz-tournamentquotMon, 27 Jan 2014 19:17:22 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-9-quotblitz-tournamentquotChess in Black and White Issue 8 "Study"I have recently thought about how best to improve my play, and concluded that the solution is to play yes. I have decided I need to study chess in order to play better. These are my plans for the year, both rating and study wise.   Tactics Rig...http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-8-quotstudyquotFri, 17 Jan 2014 18:49:39 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-8-quotstudyquotChess in Black and White: Issue 7 "Tata Steel so far"Today I am going to go through give a little summary of the players, how they have done, and who they face next round. Enjoy!   Masters Section 1. L. Aronian. He sits at #2 in rating in the world at 2812, and is the highest rated player in the...http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-7-quottata-steel-so-farquotTue, 14 Jan 2014 15:57:58 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-7-quottata-steel-so-farquotChess in Black and White Issue 6 "Week in Review 1"This has been a big week for chess, both as a whole and for myself. This week I started writing a chess blog "Chess in Black and White" here on chess.com and am already nearing 1000 reads! Thank you for all you have read my blog and have given fee...http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-6-quotweek-in-review-1quotSat, 11 Jan 2014 14:30:50 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-6-quotweek-in-review-1quotChess in Black and White: Issue 5 "A French Miniature"I was not able to find my double muzio gambit game, but I did find this fun game from one of my first large tournaments. I know that neither side played great, but enjoy the annotations and tactics. Feel free to coment like always! Here are som...http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-5-quota-french-miniaturequotFri, 10 Jan 2014 17:45:08 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-5-quota-french-miniaturequotChess in Black and White Issue 4 "My Game Against GM Naka"Naka just joined the site a couple days ago and I was one of a locky few who have been able to play him in a game. I lasted 60 moves and blundered away a draw after a hard fought game, but it was the game of a lifetime. Here is my anaylsis, please...http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-4-quotmy-game-against-nakaquotWed, 08 Jan 2014 21:00:55 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-4-quotmy-game-against-nakaquotChess in Black and White: Issue 3 "General Endgame Principles for all levels"Today's post is a little late because I have been busy playing an online game with Nakamura on our site! When I finish the game I will post it for you. In the meantime lets discuss some endgame principles that can apply to every level. I tried to ...http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-3-quotgeneral-endgame-principles-for-all-levelsquotTue, 07 Jan 2014 18:02:38 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-3-quotgeneral-endgame-principles-for-all-levelsquotChess in Black and White: Issue 2 "Solid offbeat openings for White"To start, I would like to bring attention to the new title for my blog; "Chess in Black and White". This is issue 2 and will briefly diagram some solid off beat openings to play as white. This will allow you to compare different lines and openings...http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-2-off-beat-openings-for-whiteMon, 06 Jan 2014 14:08:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/chess-in-black-and-white-issue-2-off-beat-openings-for-whiteChess in Black and White Issue 1 "Intro and Future"1/5/2014 This is issue one of my chess blog I am starting. I will use issue one briefly describe the furture the issues. Plan- I plan one churning out 3 blogs a week, aiming for about every other day a new one. Mondays will be an opening or endg...http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/issue-1-of-many-more-to-comeSun, 05 Jan 2014 14:11:16 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/issue-1-of-many-more-to-comeBob Johnson Memorial 2012 Round 3 http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/bob-johnson-memorial-2012-round-3Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:05:01 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MichaelPorcelli/bob-johnson-memorial-2012-round-3