"Sometimes you can press a little bit and you're trying to do too much and you're trying too hard. You want to win so bad and you want to help the team so badly that you end up trying too much instead of letting the play come to you." - Ed Belfour... | Read More
"I got to say, today was a good day." - Ice Cube
Yesterday was a good chess day.
I started out the morning by working on analyzing one of my recent games. This is an area where I know that I need improvement. One of the troubles I ... | Read More
This past Saturday I drove to Skokie, IL and played in a G/60 event. I went 0-3 losing to three players each rated around 70-180 points higher than me.
The first game I miscalculated terribly, the second game I played too passively, and th... | Read More
Shout out to West Wing for anyone who gets the reference.
If there is one thing that I have learned this year it's that endgames truly are difference makers. In January a friend of mine told me that if I just studied rook endings I'd add 20... | Read More
I want to send a shout out to this book as I was thinking about it earlier today. One of the first books I read when I was a junior trying to improve was GM Murray Chandler's excellent book Sicilian 2c3 and I was smitten. I took to this openi... | Read More
I've been reflecting lately on a little piece of human nature relative to progressing in any field of endeavor you so choose. Specifically the tendency most seem to have to ignore the advice of someone who has already achieved something that we... | Read More
This is a game that I played against Anne Ulrich in January. The Ulrich's are a very strong chess family. The older brother Tommy is I believe in high school. He is a 2300 master. One of the sisters, Rachel, is a 13 year old expert.
A... | Read More
So would I...
I think that Jefferson Starship aptly sums up my experience last night.
Last night I was playing a floored 2100 player whom I have played twice before, scoring a draw when I was 1500 and a win when I was 1700.
Needless... | Read More
"Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds" - Bob Marley
I think that this wonderful bit of lyrical poetry pretty much sums up a game I played last night.
To set the scene...after achieving my all t... | Read More
This past Saturday I played in the Waukesha Memorial, which is a one day four round G/60 local tournament that I have played in each of the past three years since I returned to playing chess.
My results were as you would expect for my rating,... | Read More