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 Still out of shape / re-crossing 1300 blitzBack in December 2012 I was fortunate enough to get my blitz rating above 1500.  Since then it has not been going so well, as this graph shows: Everything went downhill in 2013, and I briefly dipped below 1300!  The main problem was losing on ...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/still-out-of-shape--re-crossing-1300-blitzThu, 30 May 2013 09:05:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/still-out-of-shape--re-crossing-1300-blitzFirst win vs. titled playerSome background on this game:  It's part of a Scotch Opening thematic tournament.  It shows you how long this tourney has been running that it's from when I was still playing 1.e4!  Black is a young Polish IM named Kacparov.  His rating is not...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/first-win-vs-titled-playerThu, 02 May 2013 01:20:16 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/first-win-vs-titled-playerA bad day for Black...I'm almost done with a Chess.com online (turn-based) thematic tournament featuring the Scotch opening.  My round 5 opponent (this tournament has been going for years!!) @AaronMay caught me sleeping in our first game, but I gave him some payback i...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/a-bad-day-for-blackFri, 19 Apr 2013 10:28:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/a-bad-day-for-blackOut of shape / Crossing 1500 BlitzAbout 8 months ago, I got this project at work that turned out to be all-consuming.  I was spending day and night on this thing, as I had to climb up a bunch of new learning curves simultaneously.  It's not over yet, but the end is in sight.  T...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/out-of-shape--crossing-1500-blitzMon, 03 Dec 2012 00:42:28 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/out-of-shape--crossing-1500-blitzEverything I need to know about chess I learned by watching Bleach.Lesson 1 - Look for opportunities to play devastating moves, on every move. Ichigo (talking about Hollow Ichigo):  He's spinning Zangetsu around by the wrapping on the hilt!  I didn't even know you could do that! An excellent recent example of...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/everything-i-need-to-know-about-chess-i-learned-by-watching-bleachFri, 27 Jan 2012 18:12:17 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/everything-i-need-to-know-about-chess-i-learned-by-watching-bleachI was waiting for revenge, but it never came.Here is my game against Batraski from last night.  I'm now 3-0 against him in regular slow games (G/2hrs with 5sec delay).  Hence the title.  I was waiting for him to get his deserved revenge, but...  Maybe next time, Guy. This game has an...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/i-was-waiting-for-revenge-but-it-never-cameFri, 27 Jan 2012 13:38:00 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/i-was-waiting-for-revenge-but-it-never-cameMy suggestion to FIDE.I submitted the following suggestion to FIDE at their official site: http://ratings.fide.com/suggest.phtml Reposted here word-for-word:   My suggestion is to select the first move by White at random from an a pre-approved list.  An example l...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/my-suggestion-to-fideWed, 17 Aug 2011 14:52:11 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/my-suggestion-to-fideTactical Blind Spots? (Learning from a Bxh7+ sac that should have gone wrong.)I recently accepted a random challenge here on Chess.com from someone 400 points lower rated.  Analysis shows that I should have lost this game against good defense, but instead I mated my valiant opponent in 15 moves.  The point of showing this...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/tactical-blind-spots-learning-from-a-bxh7-sac-that-should-have-gone-wrongFri, 13 May 2011 18:25:58 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/tactical-blind-spots-learning-from-a-bxh7-sac-that-should-have-gone-wrongRainbow Puzzle Post 2Last time we got up to orange.  I would have kept going with the colors but this next puzzle is so cool that I had to use it in a new post. Remember to click on "Move List" to go through variations! Coordinates are on the board.  I get confu...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/rainbow-puzzle-post-2Fri, 29 Oct 2010 22:27:17 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/rainbow-puzzle-post-2Rainbow Puzzle Post 1I'm going to use this post to list favorite puzzles.  I plan on updating it periodically with more puzzles until it just gets too long and I need to create "Puzzle Post 2".  Please post your own favorite puzzles in the comments!  Remember to cl...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/puzzle-post-1Wed, 13 Oct 2010 09:26:06 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/puzzle-post-1Neat endgame puzzle from ChessTempo.comGood luck.  Remember to click on to explore variations and comments after solving the puzzle. From ChessTempo.  IMO it's a better tactics trainer than on Chess.com.  They also have an endgame trainer.  Free. http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/neat-endgame-puzzle-from-chesstempocomWed, 06 Oct 2010 10:00:24 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/neat-endgame-puzzle-from-chesstempocomGame 2 by Master XBefore we begin, a disclaimer - I'm basing this blog series on material from another chess learning site.  Some of the analysis in the games is not my own, and I will give credit to sources at the conclusion of this series. Game 2 in this series...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/game-2-by-master-xThu, 05 Aug 2010 00:56:05 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/game-2-by-master-xChess Shame the_seventh_seal wrote: In places like the United States ... and most of Western Europe ..., chess is culturally seen as a fringe activity for socially incapable males. I like this quote because I think it's true.  I'm definitely a closet c...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/chess-shameFri, 30 Jul 2010 09:43:51 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/chess-shameGame 1 by Master XIn addition to solving tactical exercises, I started studying the games of a strong master whose aggressive style I admire.  I'll keep the identity secret because it might be fun if you want to play guess who.  Leave your guess in a comment, a...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/game-1-by-master-xThu, 29 Jul 2010 22:37:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/game-1-by-master-xChess Exam / KhmelnitskyI just finished Chess Exam by IM Igor Khmelnitsky.  It has been a real eye-opener.  I decided to work through CE to pinpoint my weak areas for improvement.  I also wanted to identify where I was excelling (relatively) so I could devote less tra...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/chess-exam--khmelnitskyWed, 14 Jul 2010 00:40:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/chess-exam--khmelnitskyEliskasesI'm working on improving my chess by working through the collection of master games, "500 Master Games of Chess" by Tartakower and DuMont.  I cover up the moves for the winning side and write down the move I would play, and keep track of my score...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/eliskasesTue, 16 Feb 2010 09:59:24 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/eliskasesMy first ever REAL gameI learned to play chess some time around 2001 - 2002 during grad school at UCLA.  I was often bored with my research, and I would play on FICS any chance I could get, especially in the school computer labs.  These games were horrendously low qua...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/my-first-ever-real-gameWed, 03 Feb 2010 00:18:36 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/my-first-ever-real-gameOTB vs. OnlineFor me, chess is an intensely competitive endeavor.  I'm no good at sports, and chess provides the only outlet for competition I've ever enjoyed.  To that end, I simply cannot get so excited about playing online.  Half the fun for me is sitting...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/otb-vs-onlineWed, 13 Jan 2010 09:56:47 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/otb-vs-onlineResignationWelcome to my first post.  I will use this blog to list and analyze my OTB games, and maybe sometimes my online games as well.  The first post is about this game I lost (stupidly as you will see): Of course I meant to play 13...Bd6 and THEN ...http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/resignationFri, 20 Nov 2009 09:54:44 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/naughtybishop/resignation