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 My 18th Game of the 2013/14 Season - A WIN with 1.b3!Today I got my third win in a row with the white pieces using my favourite opening 1.b3! the Nimzo-Larsen attack, very flexible and I can get my favoured QID setups a tempo up or even transpose into 1.d4 territory - the initiative is almost always...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-18th-game-of-the-201314-season---a-win-with-1b3Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:37:19 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-18th-game-of-the-201314-season---a-win-with-1b3My 17th Game of the 2013/14 Season - Another Loss with the Black PiecesLast week on Wednesday 5th Feb I played on board 5 for my club's first team and I got the black pieces. Not much luck recently with black after going 51 and a half weeks without a loss with black this is the 3rd in a row. Not good really... but I'...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-17th-game-of-the-201314-season---another-loss-with-the-black-piecesTue, 11 Feb 2014 17:52:52 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-17th-game-of-the-201314-season---another-loss-with-the-black-piecesMy 3 Games at the 37th Annual Kidlington Chess CongressOn the weekend of beginning 1st February 2014 I played in the u145's (u1810 FIDE equ.) Intermediate section of the same tournament I entered last year where I scored 2.5/5 and I was determined to beat that score this year... unfortunately I had be...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-3-games-at-the-37th-annual-kidlington-chess-congressTue, 11 Feb 2014 17:09:18 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-3-games-at-the-37th-annual-kidlington-chess-congressMy 16th Game of the 2013/14 Season - A Loss with the Black PiecesPlayed last week this was my first loss with the black pieces in a rated otb game in 51 and a half weeks. It was gonna happen eventually lol, here it is.     I still can't believe I fell into that mating net, but kudos to my stronger oppon...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-16th-game-of-the-201314-season---a-loss-with-the-black-piecesWed, 05 Feb 2014 16:19:11 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-16th-game-of-the-201314-season---a-loss-with-the-black-piecesMy 15th Game of the 2013/14 Season - A Draw with the Sicilian!Yesterday I played a game on board 5 with the black pieces for my club's first team vs. a 143 ECF (1794 FIDE equ.) player who has been as high as 154 ECF (1882) so this is actually one of my best-ever draws! He had the white pieces and I think he ...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-15th-game-of-the-201314-season---a-draw-with-the-sicilianThu, 23 Jan 2014 17:19:37 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-15th-game-of-the-201314-season---a-draw-with-the-sicilianMy 14th Game of the 2013/14 Season - A Draw with 1.d42 days ago (21st Jan) I was up on board 1 again with the white pieces and after last week's loss with 1.b3 decided to play 1.d4 - ended up facing an opponent I only played 1.b3 a few weeks ago on 7th Jan lol and drew that game too! He's rated 133 ...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-14th-game-of-the-201314-season---a-draw-with-1d4Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:17:24 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-14th-game-of-the-201314-season---a-draw-with-1d4My 13th Game of the 2013/14 Season - Unlucky 13, a Loss...Played last week on Wednesday 15th, it was gonna happen sooner or later, this is my first loss of the season. I was too eager to win it and not trade everything off into a dull draw which my opponent was doing, EVERY opportunity move he was exchan...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-13th-game-of-the-201314-season---unlucky-13-a-lossWed, 22 Jan 2014 20:04:59 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-13th-game-of-the-201314-season---unlucky-13-a-lossMy 12th Game of the 2013/14 Season - A WIN with a Razor-Sharp Sicilian!Today I got my first victory for my club on board 1 against a much higher-rated opponent (a 137 ECF (was 140 (1770) last season)) and I had the black pieces - I'll let the game say the rest      Very happy with my solid technical play h...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-12th-game-of-the-201314-season---a-win-with-a-razor-sharp-sicilianWed, 08 Jan 2014 16:11:03 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-12th-game-of-the-201314-season---a-win-with-a-razor-sharp-sicilianMy 11th Game of the 2013/14 Season - A Draw with 1.b3Today I played on board 5 for my club's first team and faced a 133 ECF opponent who I have actually played before but I couldn't remember what I played last time so just played 1.b3 as that's what I'm most prepared on atm, but my next "white" game...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-11th-game-of-the-201314-season---a-draw-with-1b3Tue, 07 Jan 2014 15:42:49 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-11th-game-of-the-201314-season---a-draw-with-1b3My Tenth Game of the 2013/14 Season - Another Draw with the Black Pieces!Played on 17th December 2013, I faced MY pet opening the Nimzo-Larsen Attack!! Because I play it so much I know how to defend it, I was hoping for a slip-up by my opponent but it seems he's been playing it DECADES longer than me so held an easy bu...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-tenth-game-of-the-201314-season---another-draw-with-the-black-piecesTue, 07 Jan 2014 15:16:07 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-tenth-game-of-the-201314-season---another-draw-with-the-black-piecesMy Ninth Game of the 2013/14 Season - A Draw with the Black PiecesCatching up my blogs/games, this is the first of 3 I'm posting tonight, this game was played on December 11th 2013 - the penultimate game before xmas and had the black pieces against a stronger opponent, and I'm now representing my clubs second te...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-ninth-game-of-the-201314-season---a-draw-with-the-black-piecesTue, 07 Jan 2014 14:55:13 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-ninth-game-of-the-201314-season---a-draw-with-the-black-piecesMy Eighth Game of the 2013/14 Season - Another WIN with 1.b3!Today I played on board 6 with the white pieces for 'Didcot 1' in our OCL Division 2 clash against 'Cowley 3' and same as last week, I had no hesitation playing the Nimzo-Larsen attack and I faced an opponent also graded 122 ECF same as me, but he...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-eighth-game-of-the-201314-season---another-win-with-1b3Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:18:12 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-eighth-game-of-the-201314-season---another-win-with-1b3My Seventh Game of the 2013/14 Season - a WIN with 1.b3! :)Today I played one of the most technical games of my life! Strong positional ideas from both sides, attacking and counter-attacking from both sides, tactics constantly on the knife-edge throughout the tense middlegame! To an expert+ player it may...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-seventh-game-of-the-201314-season---a-win-with-1b3Wed, 27 Nov 2013 16:28:01 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-seventh-game-of-the-201314-season---a-win-with-1b3My Sixth Game of the 2013/14 Season - a Draw (?!)Today I represented my club on board 1, I had the white pieces, I was 11 minutes late to the match but I quickly thrashed out the opening and got a pretty nice position. As the middlegame ensued I thought I had a very promising attack, but somewh...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-sixth-game-of-the-201314-season---a-drawMon, 25 Nov 2013 18:30:28 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-sixth-game-of-the-201314-season---a-drawMy Fifth Game of the 2013/14 Season - a CRAZY win with 1.b3! :)Today I played on board 6 for my clubs first team and had no hesitation smashing out a Nimzo-Larsen attack against my lower-rated opponent, BUT - let's just say I got overconfident and then had to play like a GM to recover!  Crazy...    Â...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-fifth-game-of-the-201314-season---a-crazy-win-with-1b3Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:14:31 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-fifth-game-of-the-201314-season---a-crazy-win-with-1b3My Fourth Game of the 2013/14 Season - a Draw on Board 2 :)Today I played on board 2 for my club's second team with the black pieces against a very solid player from Witney who I have met before as he has taken me to County games in previous seasons. His ECF grade is 143, compared to my 122 ECF and he ha...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-fourth-game-of-the-201314-season---a-draw-on-board-2Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:55:39 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-fourth-game-of-the-201314-season---a-draw-on-board-2My Third Game of the 2013/14 Season - a Draw on Board 1 :)Today I played my very first game on board 1 for 'Didcot 2' and had the black pieces, faced a stronger opponent graded 137 ECF (1746 FIDE equ.) whilst I'm still only 122 ECF (1626) officially, he managed to gain an early initiative but his attack ...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-third-game-of-the-201314-season---a-draw-on-board-1Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:38:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-third-game-of-the-201314-season---a-draw-on-board-1My Second Game of the 2013/14 Season - a WIN with 1.d4!Today I helped my team 'Didcot 1' to a massive 5.5-0.5 win over 'Witney 3' by winning on board 6! Just to give an idea of the gradings our board 5 is graded 157 ECF (1906 FIDE equ.) and drew his game whereas I'm only graded 122 ECF (1626) despite ...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-second-game-of-the-201314-season---a-win-with-1d4Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:45:26 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-second-game-of-the-201314-season---a-win-with-1d4My First Game of the 2013/14 Season - a Draw?!Today I was on board 6 playing for Didcot 1 (my club's top team) against Bicester 1 and I had the white pieces and managed to cook up a pretty tasty attack lol  I'm calling it the Motaba River attack because like in the film Outbreak my pieces f...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-first-game-of-the-201314-season---a-drawWed, 09 Oct 2013 15:44:00 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-first-game-of-the-201314-season---a-drawMy 4 Games at the 5th Annual Worcestershire Chess Congress 2013!Over the weekend of 20th and 21st July I took part in my very first 'Major' section of a tournament and this was the 'Major u160's' which is for anyone with an ECF grade of 159 or below, or under 1930 FIDE equivalent strength. My grade hasn't bee...http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-4-games-at-the-5th-annual-worcestershire-chess-congress-2013Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:28:38 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/pumpupthevolume247/my-4-games-at-the-5th-annual-worcestershire-chess-congress-2013