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 Learn From Your Mistakes, Come Back StrongerA few months ago, I played in a big open tournament and played horribly. The format was a swiss with 5 rounds, 90 min. time limit for the first two rooms, and 120 min. for the last 3 rounds. I showed up to the tournament with high hopes and a goal...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/learn-from-your-mistakes-smash-the-disasterFri, 18 Jul 2014 12:14:37 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/learn-from-your-mistakes-smash-the-disasterInstructive InquisitionVery recently, I played a fascinating game at the chess club. The chess opening called the Ruy Lopez is often reffered to as the "Spanish Torture" with the player of the white pieces usually doing the torturing. Hence several members of our club c...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/instructive-inquisitionThu, 19 Jun 2014 20:37:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/instructive-inquisitionOne day you're on fire, the next...About a week ago, I went to a big chess tourney. I was eager to do well since I ended 2013 on a bad note with a dumb loss to a 1500 in the last game (I pretty much gave the game zero effort). I realized after that tourney that the biggest thing ho...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/one-day-youre-on-fire-the-nextSun, 16 Mar 2014 15:48:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/one-day-youre-on-fire-the-nextSmack-down in the c3 - SicilianI came across a brilliant crushing Tal-style game the other day that featured a c3 - Sicilian. I am always surpised when people say that the c3 - Sicilian is a slow, boring opening. Nothing could be further from the truth as this game shows. O...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/smack-down-in-the-c3---sicilianSun, 16 Feb 2014 14:14:05 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/smack-down-in-the-c3---sicilianOpenings According to Me #1: 4.Qc2 Nimzo-Indian - 5.e4 Line Part OneThe Nimzo-Indian is a highly respected opening used by many grandmasters, today I will look at one of the most critical lines. Here is the variation I will look at: This variation is very sharp and one should know this variation very well if one...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/openings-according-to-me-1-4qc2-nimzo-indian---5e4-lineSun, 26 Jan 2014 14:20:13 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/openings-according-to-me-1-4qc2-nimzo-indian---5e4-lineOpenings According to Me: IntroFor many players the opening is a huge weak point (actually, often they are weak in all the phases of the game, mainly because they are "lazy"). For me the opening is a great strength; often I gain a large advantage out of the opening which helps ...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/openings-according-to-me-introWed, 22 Jan 2014 17:28:37 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/openings-according-to-me-introSharp King's Indian leads to winning endgameHere is an interesting King's Indian Defense I played recently: http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/sharp-kid-leads-to-winning-endgameThu, 12 Dec 2013 17:56:25 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/sharp-kid-leads-to-winning-endgameWhat are the odds??How is it possible that in the last couple games that you were able to play a "real" Sicilian Najdorf your opponents both play the same line and fall into the exact same trap? The first incident happened at my local chess club several weeks ago. ...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/what-are-the-oddsFri, 06 Dec 2013 16:46:53 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/what-are-the-oddsA Most Tragic LossImagine this: you play a beautiful game, sacing your queen for a knight, rook, and two pawns, slowly and surely convert that into a double rooks vs queen ending, which, in a time scramble, you end up getting three connected passed pawns and your o...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/a-most-tragic-lossThu, 05 Dec 2013 17:53:34 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/a-most-tragic-lossYou gotta have fun!I recently played one of the most interesting and fun 10 minute Live Chess games in my recent memory in which I played like a beast! I started out with a mouse slip when, after 1.d4 by my opponent, I accidently played 1...d6 instead of 1...d5. My ...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/you-gotta-have-funTue, 03 Dec 2013 15:42:58 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/you-gotta-have-funGood Old TimesHere is a couple fun games I played at chess club recently: A very sharp game. I blundered a pawn, but thankfully my opponent missed that and made the horrible mistake of castling kindside into my vicious assualt. One of those strangly w...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/good-old-timesFri, 08 Nov 2013 15:46:23 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/good-old-timesImagine the Fire http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/imagine-the-fireMon, 14 Oct 2013 17:23:48 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/imagine-the-fireAnother Fun Game at the CoffeehouseI went to chess club again. Again it was another fun night - there's nothing better than coffee and chess! I played another complicated game. It was a Pirc and I saced a pawn in the opening for excellent compensation. I played kind of lazily at fi...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/another-fun-game-at-the-coffeehouseFri, 19 Jul 2013 09:39:29 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/another-fun-game-at-the-coffeehouseI No Longer Bow to the Fearsome Reputation of International Masters (Team Tournament 2013)This weekend I played in a big team tournament. You might have seen my earlier blog posting where I said I felt like my team was counting on me. Well I did ok, I guess. I wanted to win all my games, but things didn't exactly go the way I wanted to...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/i-no-longer-bow-to-the-fearsome-reputation-of-international-masters-team-tournament-2013Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:00:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/i-no-longer-bow-to-the-fearsome-reputation-of-international-masters-team-tournament-2013Big TournamentTommorrow I play in a big team tourney. Hopefully I do well. The thing about team tourneys though is that you are not alone: you have a team counting on you. This year especially I feel the burden more than ever. I am playing first board and am hu...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/big-tournamentFri, 12 Jul 2013 13:54:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/big-tournamentWhen I Went From Feeling like a Total Genius to a Total IdiotOnce again the computer made me feel like a total idiot. I went to chess club for the first time in over three months and played an awesome game. I played an idea which I felt at the time was totally brillant but once again, as usual, the computer...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/when-i-went-from-feeling-like-a-total-genius-to-a-total-idiotFri, 12 Jul 2013 11:30:42 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/when-i-went-from-feeling-like-a-total-genius-to-a-total-idiotObama Style http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/obama-styleThu, 30 May 2013 11:17:03 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/obama-styleHilarious Shoe Commercial http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/hilarious-shoe-commercialWed, 29 May 2013 20:28:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/hilarious-shoe-commercialA Tale of Two Halves- My Latest Tournament Part TwoSo last time we left off at the end of Day One of my last chess tourney. I had played quite horribly but managed to win one game against a 1800.  Going into Day Two, I felt like I was in a must win situation. I fight for the whole point every ga...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/a-tale-of-two-halves--my-latest-tournament-part-twoThu, 09 May 2013 14:37:48 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/a-tale-of-two-halves--my-latest-tournament-part-twoA Tale of Two Halves- My Latest Tournament Part OneWell, whoever's reading this has probably read about my last tournament ("The Worst Tournament"), recently I played in a big open tournament and a had some good games and some bad. The format was a swiss with 5 rounds, 90 min. time limit for the f...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/a-tale-of-two-half--my-latest-tournamentTue, 30 Apr 2013 13:50:32 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/a-tale-of-two-half--my-latest-tournament