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 Continental Open 2014, Summary         I played in the Continental Open this year, 8 Aug - 10 Aug 2014 in Sturbridge MA. Great turnout, fun games, and I even got Carissa Yip's autograph on my rollup board :-) This blog is an overall summary. I will post a few additio...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2014-summaryThu, 14 Aug 2014 08:47:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2014-summaryDHLC Swiss 11, Round 2, "Wrong targets in a Grand Prix turns into draw”         Ready, Fire!, Aim... oops...   Summary: DHLC Swiss 11, Round 2, hreedwork v kasparov57349 (1/2-1/2) This game illustrates important points in a chess game relating to targets, plans, pressure, tactics and attacks. Thanks to...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/dhlc-swiss-11-round-2-quotwrong-targets-in-a-grand-prix-turns-into-drawrdquoWed, 01 Jan 2014 21:49:29 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/dhlc-swiss-11-round-2-quotwrong-targets-in-a-grand-prix-turns-into-drawrdquoVortex, September 2013, Round 6 "Sicilian grudge match, fiery attack, but not enough"           Summary: Vortex September 2013, Round 6: Reed v Holmgren (0-1) G/30, d5, lose - White with Sicilian Grand Prix Attack, exciting attack, but not enough oomph to get the point, and this was a grudge match from Vortex Round 1 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-round-6-quotsicilian-grudge-match-fiery-attack-but-not-enoughquotTue, 15 Oct 2013 12:07:48 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-round-6-quotsicilian-grudge-match-fiery-attack-but-not-enoughquotVortex, September 2013, Round 5 "Fairly solid play against a player 500 points higher rater&amp           Summary: Vortex September 2013, Round 5: Marthi v Reed (1-0) G/30, d5, lose - Black with Sicilian, failed to steer to Najdorf, fairly solid, this was against the strongest player in the tournament and he said he thought my...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-round-5-quotfairly-solid-play-against-a-player-500-points-higher-raterquoMon, 14 Oct 2013 13:00:49 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-round-5-quotfairly-solid-play-against-a-player-500-points-higher-raterquoVortex, September 2013, Round 4 "A win! On time... but still..."           Summary: Vortex September 2013, Round 4: Reed v Bird (1-0) G/30, d5, win - Scotch Gambit, transpose to Two Knights Round 3 summary here. Lunch is done. I am determined to do better. I have White against Bird. We have st...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-round-4-quota-win-on-time-but-stillquotMon, 14 Oct 2013 11:12:54 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-round-4-quota-win-on-time-but-stillquotVortex, September 2013, Round 3 "Lack of knowledge, followed by confusion, and blunders           Summary: Vortex September 2013, Round 3: Kaprielian v Reed (1-0) G/30, d5, lose - Black with Bogo-Indian, 5.g3, just enough confusion to go astray Round 2 summary here. Settling in. I'm awake, just had a very exciting g...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-round-3-quotlack-of-knowledge-followed-by-confusion-and-a-series-of-blunFri, 11 Oct 2013 14:53:12 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-round-3-quotlack-of-knowledge-followed-by-confusion-and-a-series-of-blunVortex, September 2013, Round 2 "Slow drip losing, and the panic of recovery, almost..."           Summary: Vortex September 2013, Round 2: Hori v Reed (1-0) G/30, d5, lose - Black with Sicilian Grand Prix Attack, with a very exciting finish, me with 4 seconds on the clock, and my opponent with 20 seconds   Round 1 su...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-round-2-quotslow-drip-losing-and-the-panic-of-recovery-almostquotThu, 10 Oct 2013 23:14:30 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-round-2-quotslow-drip-losing-and-the-panic-of-recovery-almostquotVortex, September 2013, Round 1 "C'mon wake up!"           Summary: Vortex September 2013, Round 1: Reed v Todhunter (0-1) G/30, d5, loss - White with Caro-Kann, 3.Nc3, lack luster play, capped off by a blunder at the end Long week, and this is OTB on a Saturday, bright and earl...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-round-1-quotcmon-wake-upquotSat, 21 Sep 2013 20:37:27 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-round-1-quotcmon-wake-upquotVortex, September 2013, Summary          Last weekend I played in the Vortex CC monthly Round Robin in Framingham MA. As usual, my work travel and other commitments meant that I had little time for structured prep. However I have been studying the Sicilian Najdorf thr...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-summarySun, 15 Sep 2013 19:12:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/vortex-september-2013-summaryDHLC Swiss 8 Round 3 "Nothing to see here, just blundering from a good attack to a loss!"           In my Art of War team game in Swiss 8 Round 3, I was paired with a very gracious opponent, romanic666. He won the game by being the most persistent and consistent. Despite the fact that I had a great attack going at one point...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/dhlc-swiss-8-round-3-quotnothing-to-see-here-just-game-ending-blundersquotSun, 08 Sep 2013 20:11:15 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/dhlc-swiss-8-round-3-quotnothing-to-see-here-just-game-ending-blundersquotDHLC Swiss 8, Round 2, "Help! I've fallen into a cul de sac, and can't get out!" DHLC "Art of War" Swiss 8, Round 2 game MurkyLizard v hreedwork (1-0) and almost a miniature (26 moves) due to a game ending massive blunder by me. But the point of the game isn't really the blunder... I was trapped in a cul de sac and...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/dhlc-swiss-8-round-2-quotcul-de-sac-does-not-a-good-plan-makequotSat, 31 Aug 2013 20:00:11 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/dhlc-swiss-8-round-2-quotcul-de-sac-does-not-a-good-plan-makequotDHLC "Art of War" Intramural , "Woah, I really confused myself this time!"   DHLC "Art of War" Swiss Team intramural game JagdeepSingh v hreedwork (1-0) and a miniature (less than 20 moves) due to a massive blunder by me. But the point of the game isn't the blunder... or maybe it is. This game analysis is ...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/dhlc-quotart-of-warquot-intramural-game-quotwoah-i-got-a-bunch-of-opening-variations-mixed-uMon, 26 Aug 2013 13:55:49 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/dhlc-quotart-of-warquot-intramural-game-quotwoah-i-got-a-bunch-of-opening-variations-mixed-uContinental Open 2013, Round 6, "Recover, then toss game away again..." This is an interesting game where I tried to play an aggresive French as White, allowed a huge tactic losing a Rook, then attacked with everything I could muster, only later to not make the one move that would have (almost) equalized the game. I...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-round-6-quotrecover-then-toss-game-away-againquotSat, 17 Aug 2013 15:23:10 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-round-6-quotrecover-then-toss-game-away-againquotContinental Open 2013, Round 5, "Darn it, I was just figuring out the game..." Sicilian as Black, poor opening on Black's part, and just as Black starts to recover, White executes a game ending blunder. Darn it, the game was just starting to get interesting. 2.Nc3, I'm embarrased to say but in the game I didn't know what d...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-round-5-quotdarn-it-i-was-just-figuring-out-the-gamequotSat, 17 Aug 2013 14:56:38 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-round-5-quotdarn-it-i-was-just-figuring-out-the-gamequotContinental Open 2013, Round 4, "My endgame plan looked good but was wrong" Alekhine's Defense, which I know up to 4.c4. However, both players continued to make "book" moves until 9.d5. Black played 9...Bxb1 which looked wrong in the game, and is definitely out of book. White's ideas are to solidify the pawn chain on th...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-round-4-quotmy-endgame-plan-looked-good-but-was-wrongquotSat, 17 Aug 2013 14:28:30 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-round-4-quotmy-endgame-plan-looked-good-but-was-wrongquotContinental Open 2013, Round 3, "Neither side could find an advantage" 2.b4, White plays the Wing Gambit. Psychologically I got eviscerated in an OTB game at the Southwest FL CC (SWFLCC) about 18 months ago: http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/dunn-reed----1-0----swflcc----january-2012 However, also note that I pl...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-round-3Sat, 17 Aug 2013 11:50:55 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-round-3Continental Open 2013, Round 2, "You mean I didn't have to lose?" This game is another Sicilian, this time I have the White pieces. And I know Sicilian as White less than I do as Black, but oddly my best Sicilian attacks have been as White. For example a recent DHLC game with Docterrific: http://www.chess.com/...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-round-2Sat, 17 Aug 2013 10:48:47 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-round-2Continental Open 2013, Round 1, "About that draw..." The game opens with a demonstration of my lack of Sicilian "theme" knowlege. For example 11...Nxd5, instead of the thematic 11...Rc8. After all, why did Black bother to open the c-file...? Moves 14-16, both players are clearly on two different f...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-round-1Sat, 17 Aug 2013 09:55:56 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-round-1Continental Open 2013, summaryLast weekend I played in the CCA Continental Open U1600 section in Sturbridge MA. I had work travel and other commitments on either end, so I played the compressed two-day schedule: Rd 1 - G/45, d5, Saturday, draw Rd 2 - G/45, d5, Saturday, lose ...http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-summarySat, 17 Aug 2013 09:13:35 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/continental-open-2013-summaryDHLC Swiss 7, Round 5 "Pass the epoxy, please..."Yamaduta played a great game, but ultimately allowed Black to close the game, securing a draw, e.g. 17.c4 and the sequence following. I need to catch an early flight, will have more analysis on Friday. http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/dhlc-swiss-7-round-5-quotpass-the-epoxy-pleasequotWed, 07 Aug 2013 18:20:18 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/hreedwork/dhlc-swiss-7-round-5-quotpass-the-epoxy-pleasequot