From a High to a Low

From a High to a Low

BorgQueen
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Jun 12, 2015

Disgusted with my play tonight.  I was leading the club championship after a great win against Edgar in the previous round.  Tonight I faced off against Mladen.  I played very inaccurately and lost convincingly.    I have no idea why I played so ...

Chess Career Highlight

Chess Career Highlight

BorgQueen
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Mar 27, 2015

This may be the highlight of my chess career!!   Tonight I completed a rapid tournament at my club.  The Easter Rapid Championship.   It has been running for the last four weeks, played each Friday night. When the tournament started, I didn't gi...

Near Perfect Game!

Near Perfect Game!

BorgQueen
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Jul 11, 2014

Hey friends! Tonight, I played a championship game at my club.  I was up against a chap named Josh and I have to win to maintain 3rd position, half a point behind 2nd and only one point behind 1st.  This is the penultimate round.  Time control is...

Milestone Game!

Milestone Game!

BorgQueen
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Jun 13, 2014

Finally! I have won a championship OTB game against my #1 nemesis, Edgar!  He is rated over 2100 and I am currently rated 1750 (ACF). In this game, I played a very high number of "Best Moves" according to Houdini, played no blunders, and very fe...

Going Into Study Phase

Going Into Study Phase

BorgQueen
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Nov 22, 2013

Hi everyone, Just thought I'd let you know that I am winding down my activities on chess.com so as to give me the time I need to do the chess studies I want to do. I am planning on studying at least these two books: My System, by Nimzowitsch. D...

Back to Back!

Back to Back!

BorgQueen
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Jun 19, 2013

Our club, Modbury, specifically the Modbury Marauders team, which I am in, has won the Interclub tournaments here in Adelaide for the second year running! Back to back champs! And there's one round to go and we have the bye.  The closest team ne...

Bit of a smashing!

Bit of a smashing!

BorgQueen
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May 28, 2013

Well, ok, it's a bit of a poor performance from black, but I was very happy to do so well in this game.  No real mistakes from me, a few inaccuracies, but nothing too bad. Played at Interclub matches in Adelaide tonight (28 May 2013). Time contr...

Victory!

Victory!

BorgQueen
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Jun 26, 2012

The club I belong to has been competing in this year's Interclub matches.  Last night was the final round.  It was a nail-biter for all of us!   A Grade We're 0.5 points ahead of the competition.  The team just behind us (Ninjas) are our final...

Take More RISKS!

Take More RISKS!

BorgQueen
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Jun 19, 2012

Tonight, I played black against a King's Gambit.  I lost but if I had "taken the risk" the win was there!! This is more of a note to self, that I need to take more risks -- be brave and just see how it pans out!   I find this to be a frequent fl...

How to throw a win away...

How to throw a win away...

BorgQueen
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Jun 1, 2012

This is a championship game I just played.  I did quite well, except for a couple of moves, one of which I'd call the blunder of blunders.  Thowing away a perfectly won game. Sorta funny, but I am still annoyed at myself for allowing it to happen...

Let's Get It On!

Let's Get It On!

BorgQueen
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May 1, 2011

Well, crunch time is here for me this year.   The two most important chess events for the year both start this week.  One is the Interclub matches where the clubs in South Australia compete for the pennant.  My club came very close last year - ...

Won the Easter Cup!

Won the Easter Cup!

BorgQueen
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Apr 15, 2011

After a very long time, I won a significant tournament at my club!  Not too long ago I won a blitz tournament, but it wasn't a major event, just a fun tourney.  This time, I won the Easter Cup, a tournament held over 4 nights, one night a week, wi...

I won the Blitz!

I won the Blitz!

BorgQueen
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Feb 27, 2011

Winning outright doesn't happen to me very often in my club, because there are 2-3 players there that are significantly stronger than I am; Edgar (the strongest player in our club who wins almost everything), Alan and Mladen.  There are also a cou...

LOL

LOL

BorgQueen
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Dec 9, 2010

He doesn't look all that excited, more like bored!  lol

OTB Triumph

OTB Triumph

BorgQueen
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Nov 5, 2010

I don't often win OTB games against players who are 400 rating points my senior, but tonight I did it and I am on a high from it that will hopefully last for days! My opponent is a board 1 player in our state (he competes in state level tournam...

Off the hook

Off the hook

BorgQueen
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Oct 16, 2010

This is a game I recently played at my club.  I played well until I played bad and took a totally won game and position and handed it over due to plain and simple bad calculation and seeing threats that just weren't there. I hope this will help a...

Only Microsoft...

Only Microsoft...

BorgQueen
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Sep 16, 2010

Only Microsoft could make an application accepted by the whole world that in order to format text as normal everyday standard BLUE, you have to: Click the down arrow on the Font Color icon Click More Colors Click Custom, unless you can memorise ...

Mechanically Minded

Mechanically Minded

BorgQueen
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Jul 8, 2010

This one is a humorous look at the tools often used in workshops... Tools Explained DRILL PRESS:A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer ...

Strategic Weakness

Strategic Weakness

BorgQueen
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Jun 21, 2010

Hi all! I am in a bind.  I believe that I have a big gap in my chess understanding: Strategy.  All my chess life, I have focused on tactics, believing that they are the crux of chess...  but when there are no tactics on the board, I struggle to f...

Missed Tactic Results in Embarrassing Loss

Missed Tactic Results in Embarrassing Loss

BorgQueen
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May 25, 2010

Well here it is, round 4, I tried my best but lost in just 13 moves. I played a move I thought won a pawn and was confident I would at least have a decent game after a string of losses.  One move later, I'm gone.   One very humiliating loss.  ...

Endless Endgames

Endless Endgames

BorgQueen
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Apr 28, 2010

I have a new hobby: studying endgames.   At first I thought it would take a couple of weeks, then a couple of months.  The more I study endgames, the longer I believe the study will take!  I can only assume now that endgames are as endless a topic...

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