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 Active win at WA Premier 2014 After a long time got a good start for a tournament, hopefully I can maintain it.  http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/active-win-at-wa-premier-2014Sat, 08 Feb 2014 14:48:50 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/active-win-at-wa-premier-2014Carlsen vs Anand so much like Laxman Rao vs SrinivasThis post assumes a lot of knowledge of Andhra Pradesh's chess scene 8-15 years ago.  Laxman Rao and Srinivas are quite frequently AP state champions with few national places. They are about 2200-2300 range players who distinctincy remind me of ...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/carlsen-vs-anand-so-much-like-laxman-rao-vs-srinivasMon, 18 Nov 2013 21:55:28 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/carlsen-vs-anand-so-much-like-laxman-rao-vs-srinivasWhite to play and draw http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/white-to-play-and-draw2Thu, 01 Dec 2011 17:16:09 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/white-to-play-and-draw2Thematic attacking gameThis weekend I played a thematic tournament where the first moves 1.d4 d5 2.e4 de 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 ef are compulsory. I played the tournament ok but lost my Nemisis again this time with blunders in time pressure. I want to write about one game that...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/a-game-with-nice-finishMon, 25 Oct 2010 14:44:02 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/a-game-with-nice-finishA good fight but lost neverthelessFollowing my loss to Guinto and this blog post. I went to the next round quite determined and rearing to a win. My opponent is a kid, really a small kid and when he replied 1.e4 with e5, I tried to get him to my favorite battle ground of King's ga...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/a-tough-looseFri, 18 Jun 2010 16:56:42 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/a-tough-looseLas vegas tournament- half time analysisI have 2 hours to go before the next round and instead of indulging in gambling and escaping reality, I thought of doing a little introspection analysis here of what went wrong and correct. I am playing in the U-2200 section of las vegas open, and...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/las-vegas-tournament--half-time-analysisSat, 12 Jun 2010 16:24:46 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/las-vegas-tournament--half-time-analysisStrategic mishandlingThis is a follow up from my yesterday's blog post - http://blog.chess.com/smalugu/i-dont-know-where-i-lost-the-game. I have taken time to analyze and critique the game with some help from fritz. Now I know where and how I lost the game. KID fans m...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/strategic-mishandlingThu, 10 Jun 2010 12:48:13 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/strategic-mishandlingSad mistake in time pressureThis game is my second consecutive game an higher rated opponent. After 10 years of chess, I still can't manage my clock! This is how stupidly I lost the game.The time control is 30 moves in 90 minutes and 1 hour sudden death. I only had an analog...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/sad-mistake-in-time-pressureWed, 09 Jun 2010 12:57:29 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/sad-mistake-in-time-pressureI don't know where I lost the gameThis is game is the last round from WA open where I won the first three games and failed to gain even 0.5 points in the next three rounds :( My opponent played this game pretty differently, I thought I was holding on the game and have a lot of fi...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/i-dont-know-where-i-lost-the-gameWed, 09 Jun 2010 11:28:21 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/i-dont-know-where-i-lost-the-gameJonnalagadda's school of chessIf you are having trouble speaking the name of the chess school, well you are not a native Telugu speaker. But every serious player in Andhra pradesh knows and fears the Jonnalagadda family. Actually they never named their coaching institute as su...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/jonnalagaddas-school-of-chessFri, 30 Apr 2010 15:51:33 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/jonnalagaddas-school-of-chessChess at my home placeI have been in the US for 4 years and my 22 years of life and 5 years of chess career is in India. The difference in terms of chess is 'steep' to say the least. I have been inspired to write this article after going through top chess countries on...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/chess-at-my-home-placeMon, 12 Apr 2010 14:48:23 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/chess-at-my-home-placeFailed to kill the mocking birdThis game is from my last round of the doomed Seattle spring open tournament. I am on 2/3 and had to win to get a chance to win any money. Though the number of entries has exceeded the limit and prize fund was increased the TD was cruel to me and ...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/failed-to-kill-the-mocking-birdTue, 06 Apr 2010 18:15:53 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/failed-to-kill-the-mocking-birdA deserving lossThis weekend I played in Seattle spring open and failed to win anything. I made an awful 2.5/4 and my rating might go down the hill. All my opponents were atleast 200 points lesser than me but I never felt that superior in the games. In the game I...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/a-deserving-lossWed, 31 Mar 2010 21:58:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/a-deserving-lossA striking rook sacrificeThis game is from the last round of the Seattle chess club's March Tornado. I was not in a very positive mood as I played blunders in Round 2 in a winning position and almost lost but drew with some luck. Also the previous day I lost against Barto...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/a-striking-rook-sacrifiseMon, 15 Mar 2010 12:00:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/a-striking-rook-sacrifisePenultimate game with Dave RowlesMy game against Dave Rowles in Spokane WA was an important one. I was 3/3 by then and I have to win to have a contest for the first place. The reason I put up this game is not because of my briallance but of my opponents positional understanding a...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/penultimate-gameMon, 01 Mar 2010 23:00:13 -0800http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/penultimate-gameIs there a better way to win? The only frustation in this game for me is that I couldn't win faster.. Any better variations would be appreciated. http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/is-there-a-better-way-to-winSun, 16 Aug 2009 10:00:25 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/is-there-a-better-way-to-winGood game unfortunate events Even though my opponent did not play best chess and I have better experience, I couldn't materialize on that. At the end he throwed draw at me as a charity  http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/good-game-unfortunate-eventsSun, 16 Aug 2009 09:49:28 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/good-game-unfortunate-eventsTactical stroke in less than 2 minutes on clockThe previous game I misplayed and drew against a player that have less than 400 points to me and I offered a draw fearing defeat. Even in this game, I got a crampy position after opening and only managed to equalize. I managed a win only through m...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/tactical-stroke-in-less-than-2-minutes-on-clockSun, 16 Aug 2009 09:07:50 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/tactical-stroke-in-less-than-2-minutes-on-clockGame that took me to above 2000I am not sure if this game is really worth a blog, but I am doing it anyway because It took my rating to above 2000 I played king's Indian- my favorite opening  classically- a very sharp way which black always dreams  I think my ...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/game-that-took-me-to-above-2000Tue, 09 Sep 2008 19:36:10 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/game-that-took-me-to-above-2000My recent gameThis is my first attempt to try to analyze a chess game in chess.com. Let me see how it goes and how good is this service. Since I am not a premium member I don't get my old games :( So, the only game I have is the below one and I think its not th...http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/my-recent-game2Sun, 31 Aug 2008 13:06:44 -0700http://www.chess.com/blog/smalugu/my-recent-game2