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 Iowa Class D ChampionshipI'm rated below Class D, but thought I'd take my chances and play in the Class D championship this year.  I ended up coming in second.  This is a long blog...because they were GOOD games...the kind where people said to me, "You WON?" afterwards....http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/iowa-class-d-championshipSun, 30 Mar 2014 10:31:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/iowa-class-d-championshipBroken Pawn ReserveI'm about a month late posting my games from the Broken Pawn Reserve, held in Marshalltown on February 8.  It's been a busy month.  What a fantastic tournament this was!  Great games (even though I lost three of four, I was happy with my play o...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/broken-pawn-reserveThu, 06 Mar 2014 17:22:30 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/broken-pawn-reserveCedar Rapids Leather JacketsAna and I decided to play in the Cedar Rapids Leather Jackets Reserve this year.  A number of factors made this an interesting tournament.  First, my four-year-old was sick the night before, and had to sleep in our bed.  This meant that I got e...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/cedar-rapids-leather-jacketsThu, 06 Mar 2014 15:49:41 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/cedar-rapids-leather-jacketsWisconsin ActionAna and I traveled to Madison, Wisconsin yesterday on the advice of Jim Hodina, who thought it would be fun to play out-of-state against people we're not used to playing.  He was right - it was fun!  It was the first tournament I've been to that...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/wisconsin-actionSun, 26 Jan 2014 17:25:26 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/wisconsin-actionWDM Parents and FriendsAna decided to play in Hank's tournaments today, even though she knew she would be higher-rated than the other players...she wanted an outright win in one of his tournaments, and by golly she got one in the morning section.  I thought I'd TD the ...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/wdm-parents-and-friendsSat, 16 Nov 2013 18:41:05 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/wdm-parents-and-friendsSusan Polgar Simul GameHere's the game I played against Susan Polgar in the simul at the Susan Polgar World Open for Boys and Girls. http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/susan-polgar-simul-gameWed, 06 Nov 2013 19:44:08 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/susan-polgar-simul-gameCoralville ClassicAna and I played in the Coralville Classic today, although we had to take a bye in the last round so Ana could get back to Ames for an event.  Both of us won one of our three games, and for both of us, our win was against someone lower-rated and ...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/coralville-classicSat, 19 Oct 2013 19:33:22 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/coralville-classicMidwest Regional Team ChampionshipWe traveled to Omaha again this year for the Midwest Regional Team Championship.  Ana had been asked to play on an Iowa all-girls scholastic team, so that was the main purpose of going, but at the last minute an Open team needed a player and I vo...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/midwest-regional-team-championshipSun, 29 Sep 2013 12:43:55 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/midwest-regional-team-championshipCedar Rapids OpenAna and I played in the Cedar Rapids Open yesterday.  It was a fun tournament, with players' ratings ranging from the 700s to the 2100s.   My first opponent was Stan Felgar, who I had never played before.  This game turned out to be one of the...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/cedar-rapids-openSun, 22 Sep 2013 10:49:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/cedar-rapids-openIowa Open RBOI usually do terribly in the Iowa Open, probably because it's the first big tournament of the fall and my chess skills tend to atrophy over the summer.  So this year, since my ratings slump allowed me to qualify for the RBO, I decided to play the...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/iowa-open-rboSun, 25 Aug 2013 09:38:46 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/iowa-open-rboOutdoor Parents and FriendsI played in the Parents and Friends section of Hank Anzis's outdoor tournament this morning, and in the Time Odds Blitz this afternoon.  I tied with Hank for first place in the morning, and won half my games in the afternoon, so it was a good day...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/outdoor-parents-and-friendsSat, 17 Aug 2013 16:53:25 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/outdoor-parents-and-friendsChicago OpenWe decided just last week to play in the Chicago Open, and I think it was a good last-minute decision.  There are so many good players here, including 21 grandmasters.  Luckily we're not in the same section as them.  Ana is playing in U1300, an...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/chicago-openSat, 25 May 2013 20:45:47 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/chicago-openIce Harbor Parents and FriendsLast weekend we went to the first Annual Ice Harbor Scholastic Open, which was held at a waterpark resort in Dubuque.  It was a fun tournament at a great (and very cheap!) venue.  If Ana lost a game, she could head to the waterpark to have some ...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/ice-harbor-parents-and-friendsFri, 24 May 2013 08:38:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/ice-harbor-parents-and-friendsSuperNationals Parents and FriendsI played in the Parents and Friends section at SuperNationals while my daughter played in the K-12 U1200 section.  When I first entered the room, they announced there would be two sections: open and U1500.  I was thrilled - I thought I'd have ex...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/supernationals-parents-and-friendsWed, 10 Apr 2013 19:35:57 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/supernationals-parents-and-friendsPanther OpenAna and I played in the Panther Open yesterday, run by Cub Noble, one of my favorite chess people.  It was a fun tournament, and we enjoyed traveling to Cedar Falls - it was nice to have a new venue!  I thought I'd make my boards in this post pu...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/panther-openSun, 31 Mar 2013 13:40:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/panther-openMarch West Des Moines Youth TournamentI was glad Ana decided to go to the West Des Moines Youth Tournament this month, because that means I get to play in the Parents & Friends Section.  I hadn't played in one in a while, so I was looking forward to it. It became clear in game 1...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/march-west-des-moines-youth-tournamentSun, 10 Mar 2013 14:49:20 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/march-west-des-moines-youth-tournamentCyclone Chess Club ChampionshipRound 1 It's been a while since I played a rated game, and I've been feeling out of it chess-wise, but I thought I'd play in the CCC Championship since Ana wanted to play.  My first game was on the low side of board 2, so I wasn't likely to win....http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/cyclone-chess-club-championship-round-1Thu, 07 Feb 2013 19:59:25 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/cyclone-chess-club-championship-round-1Des Moines Fall Classic RBOI should have known I was destined for a bad chess day when I woke up, played a move in one of my online games, and hung a bishop.  I had already decided to play in the RBO section of the Des Moines Fall Classic because I'm still recovering from ...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/des-moines-fall-classic-rboSun, 18 Nov 2012 13:37:41 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/des-moines-fall-classic-rboNovember Parents and Friends TournamentI played in the (unrated) Parents and Friends section at Hank Anzis's tournament yesterday, and boy, did I play poorly.  I was once again without my ADHD meds, and my play was erratic and sloppy. Game 1 was against Chris Hermes, against whom I h...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/november-parents-and-friends-tournamentSun, 04 Nov 2012 09:15:25 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/november-parents-and-friends-tournamentGrades Tournament Parents' SectionI played in the impromptu Parents' section at the Grades tournament on Saturday.  I had resigned myself before starting to the high probability of disaster, since I was off my ADHD meds, and I'm MUCH more likely to blunder off my meds.  Plus, Ti...http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/grades-tournament-parents-sectionFri, 02 Nov 2012 19:03:47 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/christinealicia/grades-tournament-parents-section