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 My twitch tv channelMy twitch.tv channel is http://twitch.tv/zenchess.  Subscribe and you can talk to me during my games live.  http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/my-twitch-tv-channelSun, 25 May 2014 06:13:27 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/my-twitch-tv-channelI just beat a GRANDMASTER!  Finally!  I just beat a grandmaster, by position as well as time.  It was a 5 minute game.  Of course , c5 and Qxc5 was a mistake (allowing me to fork his queen and king), however, he was already about 10 seconds down with 30 seconds left to...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/i-just-beat-a-grandmasterMon, 22 Apr 2013 07:27:54 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/i-just-beat-a-grandmasterWhite side of a najdorf sicilian  I've been playing a lot of chess this last couple weeks.  Here is a game to show off.  Although it's not the highest rated win I've had during this time, it's a nice game.  The interesting thing is I play this line as black as well (h5 in th...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/white-side-of-a-najdorf-sicilianMon, 22 Apr 2013 06:55:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/white-side-of-a-najdorf-sicilian+1 Im scalp, in the french defense  Hi everybody, here's a game I played just now against an international master in the french defense.  The final win is pretty neat I think.    http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/1-im-scalp-in-the-french-defenseMon, 01 Apr 2013 00:44:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/1-im-scalp-in-the-french-defenseZenchess game analysis: Game 1  Here is the first annotated game.  It was played on icc with a 5 minute time control.  The opening went like this:             I played Be2.  Normally you'd see Bc4 or Nc3 from me on this move.  The reason I didn't play Bc4 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/zenchess-game-analysis-game-1Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:51:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/zenchess-game-analysis-game-1New (zenchess) blog feature: Annotated GamesIn an effort to learn more and get better at chess, I'm about to start annotating every chess game I play that is 5 minute or higher.  A wise man once said "Only fools annotate 5 minute chess", however that's what I primarily play and learn from ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/new-zenchess-blog-feature-annotated-gamesTue, 26 Mar 2013 10:59:52 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/new-zenchess-blog-feature-annotated-gamesIm scalp +1  It's been a while since I played on ICC and got my rating up.  However this last week or so I've been playing more.  I finally have a new game to show off against an IM in 5-minute icc: http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/im-scalp-1Sun, 24 Mar 2013 12:34:03 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/im-scalp-1Hot off the pressesThis one's fresh out of the oven, win against 2155 :)  Woot:)  I got him in a nasty pin early on, but was a little hesitant to pull the trigger.  Some maneuver, a few tactics later, and I came ahead in the fireworks. http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/hot-off-the-pressesWed, 23 Jan 2013 23:13:16 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/hot-off-the-pressesPin to winHere's a game I won against 2000+ on icc, I think he should have played Rxg7 and Rg8 though to pin (and win) and my bishop , even though it gives back some material.  Instead, I pinned his rook.  :) http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/pin-to-winWed, 23 Jan 2013 03:32:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/pin-to-winA high rated win  Continuing my trend of showing off interesting games or games against high rated players, here is a game I played against a player rated 2111 on ICC 5-minute.  It was pretty sharp, again standard disclaimer: The best moves may not have been pl...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/a-high-rated-winSat, 19 Jan 2013 21:08:47 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/a-high-rated-winOne to remember  I just played this 15 0 game against a 2000+.  It was a really exciting game.  It started out as a najdorf sicilian, and then became extremely complicated.  I was pushing on the kingside, and he was almost checkmating me on the queenside.  ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/one-to-rememberSat, 19 Jan 2013 09:31:46 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/one-to-rememberDanger of the misplayed grand prix  Hi, here's another 5-minute game I just played.  This game illustrates how you cannot just play a typical sicilian e6 - g6 on autopilot against the grand prix.  I got a knight on f6, threatened to attack on the a3-f8 diagonal, and black never...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/danger-of-the-misplayed-grand-prixMon, 15 Oct 2012 09:23:19 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/danger-of-the-misplayed-grand-prixFm win  Here is a 5-minute game i played on icc just now.  I don't know if I should have played Rxh6, but it ended up working out.  My opponent was FM Sergor, who is  FM Sergei Goregliad.  The nice thing about my win was apparently my score agains...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/fm-winMon, 15 Oct 2012 09:09:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/fm-winAnother IM scalpHere's another IM scalp I took.  Truth be told I won on time, but his position isn't really the bees knees either in the final position.  I don't think white will ever lose this position.   http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/another-im-scalpThu, 04 Oct 2012 07:50:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/another-im-scalpPower of development  Here's a cool game I just played.  There's an instructive moment at the beginning which demonstrates the principles of good and bad trades.     Here is the position:                                              Whi...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/power-of-developmentThu, 04 Oct 2012 07:23:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/power-of-developmentTaking the Im scalps  Today I took 2 IM scalps in 5-minute on ICC.  In the first game, i was doing alright, and actually was an exchange down for a while, but my opponent used a lot of time and I won the game on time.    In the second game, (shown below) I actua...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/taking-the-im-scalpsWed, 03 Oct 2012 04:16:31 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/taking-the-im-scalps15-minute game in which I get crushed in the sicilian najdorf  So, next game, this time I get crushed by a higher-rated player.  It was the sicilian najdorf, lines I don't know very well.  (the only lines I know well are the h5 lines in the english attack).  I played Na5, which I think is a good move, h...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/15-minute-game-in-which-i-get-crushed-in-the-sicilian-najdorfTue, 02 Oct 2012 20:19:01 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/15-minute-game-in-which-i-get-crushed-in-the-sicilian-najdorfGolferBob's Revenge  Here's my next 15-minute game.  I decided to just put the notes in with the game.   http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/golferbobs-revengeTue, 02 Oct 2012 19:58:07 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/golferbobs-revenge15 minute game analysis  Hello to the 40 or so people who read my blogs.     I decided to do a new thing to improve my chess - I'll play 15 minute games (no more 5 minute if I can help it), and then I'll look up the openings of the game, and say what I was thinking ...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/15-minute-game-analysisTue, 02 Oct 2012 19:04:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/15-minute-game-analysis2 exchanges and a piece  Hi everyone!  I played a tournament last weekend in my home state of Nebraska.  It was a team tournament.  Overall the result for me was pretty poor - I had 2 losses during the event and will probably lose my expert rating status.      Â...http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/2-exchanges-and-a-pieceMon, 01 Oct 2012 16:20:17 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/Zenchess/2-exchanges-and-a-piece