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 Fancy Checkmates #5This was a five minute game where I coaxed forward my opponent's kingside pawns then lured his king into a trap. I had to repeat a bishop check while figuring out the final mating pattern, but the sequence is cool nonetheless.   http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/fancy-checkmates-5Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:55:30 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/fancy-checkmates-5Montana Open 2014, Round 5The tournament thus far had been a case of strikes and gutters for me, with satisfactory results from uninspiring games on the first day followed by a bad result from an interesting, tough fight on the second. The last round would define my tourna...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-open-2014-round-5Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:50:31 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-open-2014-round-5Montana Open 2014, Round 4After achieving decent results from a few somewhat drab games on the first day of the tournament, with a win against a less experienced player and two draws against two experienced, conservative players, I was ready for a fight. My next opponent w...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-open-2014-round-4Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:47:09 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-open-2014-round-4Montana Open 2014, Round 3Sitting on 1.5/2 I was paired with a strong veteran player who had recently re-emerged after a few years away from the regional chess scene. That made him new to me, and being that the pairings in this tournament were announced only minutes before...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-open-2014-round-3Sat, 19 Apr 2014 11:12:37 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-open-2014-round-3Montana Open 2014, Round 2My second round opponent was an experienced and solid player whom I had met but never faced. Interestingly, we had been talking just minutes earlier before the pairings were announced about the daunting possibility of playing my buddy Will, who wa...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-open-2014-round-2Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:55:13 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-open-2014-round-2Montana Open 2014, Round 1In the first round of the 2014 edition of the Montana Open I faced a young, unrated player. I had briefly met him before and noted his emerging skill and enthusiasm. There being no chess club in his town, he took the initiative and started his ...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-open-2014-round-1Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:29:12 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-open-2014-round-1"Best Ever"This was a 15|10 game against a highly-rated opponent named "Best-Ever." He gave me my best ever win at that time control (probably not the intended meaning of the name). It was a King's Gambit with complicated, open positions that featured a mele...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/quotbest-everquotWed, 19 Mar 2014 19:25:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/quotbest-everquotJanuary Thaw, Round 5: The Bozone VariationOnce again I find myself having possibly too recently finished a pint of beer while starting a game against a tough opponent. This time it was something called a "Bozone." The combined effect of the Bozone and an unfamiliar third move from my oppo...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/january-thaw-round-5-the-bozone-variationTue, 28 Jan 2014 01:04:22 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/january-thaw-round-5-the-bozone-variationJanuary Thaw, Round 4: The Kid and I, Part III"The Kid" is the regional chess prodigy. He's eleven years old and a talented tactician. A fixture on the Montana chess scene, he's amiable, ebullient, and well-liked but secretly feared by everyone.This was my third game against The Kid, and I ha...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/january-thaw-round-4-the-kid-and-i-part-iii2Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:25:19 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/january-thaw-round-4-the-kid-and-i-part-iii2January Thaw, Round 3: The Dark HorseIn the third round I was paired with the dark horse of the tournament. Two rounds previous, in his very first tournament game, he executed a flashy checkmate against one of the high seeds. In the second round he took an 1800+ player to the brink, ...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/january-thaw-round-3-the-dark-horseMon, 27 Jan 2014 19:14:48 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/january-thaw-round-3-the-dark-horseJanuary Thaw, Round 2: Bud Lite, Pop Tarts, and a Happy Train WreckAfter my grueling first round game, which lasted nearly the full three hours, I had about twenty five minutes to recuperate. Thinking I had a little more than that, I went up to the hotel resaurant to have a beer and a quick lunch. I got my drink ...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/january-thaw-round-2-bud-lite-pop-tarts-and-a-happy-train-wreckMon, 27 Jan 2014 18:33:16 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/january-thaw-round-2-bud-lite-pop-tarts-and-a-happy-train-wreckJanuary Thaw, Round 1: Openings, Someday, Maybe...In this game I was up against the top seed in the tournament. GS is known as an agressive, tactical player, and I was careful not to fall into any sophisticated traps (I only fell for a simple trap). I should take care next time to bone up on a li...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/january-thaw-round-1-openings-someday-maybeMon, 27 Jan 2014 17:42:13 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/january-thaw-round-1-openings-someday-maybeFancy Checkmates #4This was a five minute game against a high-rated opponent. Either his queen or his king had to go... http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/fancy-checkmates-4Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:37:47 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/fancy-checkmates-4Jake Puzzles #1Here's a position from a blitz game I played recently on chess.com. I invite my chess buddies and anyone else to find the solution (engine checked). http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/jake-puzzles-1Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:41:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/jake-puzzles-1King WalkAs always, I won't make any claims about the overall excellence of this game, but it features a fabled manouver that I was pleased to execute for the first time, a true Short vs Timman style king walk. This was a five minute game. http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/king-walkTue, 03 Sep 2013 10:41:13 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/king-walk"Championship of Victor," round #3Here is my round three game from the Octopus' "Victor Championship." I played a strong opponent and enjoyed a convincing win with some nice tactics. http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/quotchampionship-of-victorquot-round-3Tue, 20 Aug 2013 22:41:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/quotchampionship-of-victorquot-round-3Smashing the KingThis was a five minute game on chesscube against a higher rated player featuring a blistering attack on the enemy king. This is what makes chess fun.  http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/smashing-the-kingFri, 26 Jul 2013 02:25:39 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/smashing-the-kingFancy Checkmates #3This was a five minute game on Chesscube. I should have lost the game but my opponent made a few bad moves at the end, ran out of checks, and finally succumbed to an interesting checkmate that included a move that both blocked a check and revealed...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/fancy-checkmates-3Wed, 10 Jul 2013 23:26:42 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/fancy-checkmates-3Hollow Intimidation vs. Real ThreatsIt's especially satisfying to beat a higher-rated opponent who seems to expect you to be frightened by a fearsome-looking attack (his queen and rook on the kingside) while at the same time he ignores your own real threats (rolling, connected passe...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/hollow-intimidation-vs-real-threatsFri, 28 Jun 2013 11:05:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/hollow-intimidation-vs-real-threatsJoan of Arc Memorial, Round 3Dan always picks colorful names for the monthly UM Campus tournaments. True to her memory, this month we commemorate 600 years of Joan of Arc with the ultimate game of war and inspiration, chess! Incidentally, Wikipedia reveals that chess gained ...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/joan-of-arc-memorial-round-3Fri, 07 Jun 2013 22:05:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/joan-of-arc-memorial-round-3