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 Queen Sac, MateFrom a 5 minute game. One of the few times where tactics trainer's obsession with queen sacks was actually helpful. http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/queen-sac-mateMon, 14 Jul 2014 07:06:20 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/queen-sac-mateSeason 2, Round 2So my second season on the ERA 'G' squad has begun.  I won round one, round two did not go so well.  Had a fight where I managed to equalize quite quickly, and achieve a slightly superior position.   The game liquidated to an end game quite qui...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/season-2-round-2Thu, 23 Jan 2014 03:51:32 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/season-2-round-2Team Tournament, Round 4  Finally got to play a Sicilian in the tournament.  I didn't feel my game was quite at the level it's been the last few, but I did manage to squeak out a victory.     Despite the win, the day was a loss, as my car was towed during the matc...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/team-tournament-round-4Mon, 18 Nov 2013 00:53:48 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/team-tournament-round-4Team Tournament, Round 3 This was a very enjoyable battle.  My opponent had a space and activity advantage for most of the game, but I defended well, and introduced complications when able.  I secured a strong advantage, which I quickly squandered under time pressure. ...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/team-tournament-round-3Fri, 15 Nov 2013 07:46:34 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/team-tournament-round-3Team Tournament, Finals, Round 1My most recent tourney game.  I nursed a small space advantage throughout the game.  My opponent struggled to find a solid plan, and ended getting into time pressure.  The time control was hour and thirty minutes each, with no add on, and by mo...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/team-tournament-finals-round-1Fri, 13 Sep 2013 02:06:42 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/team-tournament-finals-round-1Team Tournament Game 2 My team here in Prague organizes a tournament for the members in the off season.  I had actually already lost my game to Jiri as I didn't show up at our scheduled game due to a misunderstanding on my part.  Fortunately, Jiri is a good guy, an...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/team-tournament-game-2Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:04:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/team-tournament-game-2Final Round, Season 1Up against a tough opponent yesterday.  She was an older lady who clearly had tons of experience and the ability to play quickly when needed.  It was the first time I was behind on the time control for most of the game and it certainly wore on m...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/final-round-season-1Wed, 27 Mar 2013 03:08:57 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/final-round-season-1Round 10  We were up against an undefeated team yesterday and, unfortunately, we couldn't serve up their first lost.  I was able to win a pretty decent game after taking a risk early that paid dividends. Ok, so another win against someone just under 1...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/round-10Wed, 13 Mar 2013 01:31:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/round-10Rapid tournament  First wednesday of every week, there's a great rapid tournament at a local coffee shop here in prague.  15 minute time control.  Generally there's quite a strong field, but this week was particularly strong (including some titled players) so ...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/rapid-tournamentThu, 07 Mar 2013 07:43:33 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/rapid-tournamentRound 9This was an interesting match, more for the environment than the game itself.  Our opponents were all visually impaired.  My opponent was an older woman who was blind, and played using a specialized board that allowed her to feel the position. Â...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/round-9Tue, 05 Mar 2013 12:35:01 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/round-9Competitive OTB GamesWill start posting my games after each competition with my local chess team. In this game, I play a pretty decent opening/middle game and manage to achieve a totally winning position.  Before blundering an entire piece in time/bloodlust pressure....http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/competitive-otb-gamesSat, 02 Mar 2013 06:44:58 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/competitive-otb-gamesBeating a MasterManaged a win as black against a titled player recently, so I thought I would commemorate it with a blog post.  I have no doubt that I would get completely slaughtered by Tiggermeister in an OTB game, but correspondence chess gave me a chance as ...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/beating-a-masterThu, 05 Jan 2012 03:08:06 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/beating-a-masterMemorable GameI'm just going to start linking the games i want to remember.  This one is actually pretty poorly played by me, and i believe i'm losing the entire game.  But, what's fun about 5 minute games is that your opponent might also miss something.  In...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/memorable-gameThu, 14 Jul 2011 07:50:10 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/memorable-gameTactics ChartsAt the moment, the tactics trainer is the main thing i spend my time with here on chess.com.  I find that it's really improved my game, and improvement happens pretty rapidly.  My main beef with the system is the fairly nonsensicle way in which ...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/tactics-chartsTue, 17 Feb 2009 10:52:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/tactics-chartsPinwheel in Action  I'm what i think is a pretty interesting scenario from a recent game at a chess club.  It had been a long night, and my opponent was quite strong.  The position presented is from memory so doesn't include all moves up to this point.    My ...http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/pinwheel-in-actionThu, 15 Jan 2009 08:13:49 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/greg_crawley/pinwheel-in-action