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 One 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-tournamentThe Worst Tournament of My Life Game FiveAfter the tragic loss last round, I was spent. I also knew the only thing I would be playing for in my last game was rating points. I played my last game against my good chess.com friend kodfish. I played my worst chess yet. I blitzed out the ope...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/the-worst-tournament-of-my-life-game-fiveMon, 18 Mar 2013 15:58:22 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/the-worst-tournament-of-my-life-game-fiveThe Worst Tournament of My Life Game FourAfter Game Three I was happy that I had won two in a row and ready to give it my all the next day. In Round Four I had to play a good friend of mine. He and I had played 4 games before this one. I had won the 1st meeting and the rest were draws. ...http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/the-worst-tournament-of-my-life-game-fourMon, 18 Mar 2013 14:53:58 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/derriklarone/the-worst-tournament-of-my-life-game-four