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 Montana Closed 2014, Round 4 My tournament had been improving steadily since round one, and the trend continued. In the fourth round I was paired with Mark Anderson, a higher-rated player and the winner of the 2014 January Thaw. I had only played him once before; a rapid ga...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-closed-round-4Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:59:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-closed-round-4Montana Closed 2014, Round 3 In the third round I was paired with James, one of the previous year's co-champions. We played an Alekhine, which I had never had in a tournament game before. A knew a few moves, but things went more or less swimmingly for him until a big b...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-closed-round-3Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:50:53 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-closed-round-3Montana Closed 2014, Round 2 Again with black, in the second round I was paired with Conrad, the talented, affable young man with the merciless endgame ability. With 3.d4 he opted for the Scotch, which I have not studied formally but have had a good amount of practical exper...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-closed-round-2Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:14:00 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-closed-round-2Montana Closed 2014, Round 1   Based on my good performance in the Open Championship in the spring I was invited to compete in the state Closed Championship in October. There were ten of us, and all would be tough opponents for me. In fact, I was the lowest rated of the g...http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-closed-round-1Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:12:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/montana-closed-round-1Nice FinishNo comment, just a nice finish.   http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/nice-finishTue, 02 Sep 2014 00:28:14 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/MrMayor/nice-finishFancy 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