Winning a Won Game (Austrian Attack)

Winning a Won Game (Austrian Attack)

MidnasLament
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5 days ago

I'm the type of person that actually enjoys studying openings way more than I should actually, and as a result I do get a lot of nice positions and sometimes even winning advantages out of the opening!  What more could a chess player dream of...

Standard #43: Burning in the Bertin Gambit

Standard #43: Burning in the Bertin Gambit

MidnasLament
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Sep 15, 2019

Hello, Stacia here!  I wanted to share an interesting 15/10 game I played on chess.com.  This game features a wild line of the King's Gambit Accepted affectionately referred to as "The Wild Cunningham", but also know as the Bertin Gambit...

Chess Underground 5:  Stacia Pugh [PODCAST]

Chess Underground 5: Stacia Pugh [PODCAST]

MidnasLament
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Sep 8, 2019

I was recently featured on the Chess Underground podcast for my questionable life choices as a retired real estate developer gone professional cornhole player & chess professional.  If it sounds a little crazy, it's because I'm sure it is...

Intro to the Alekhine Defense Main Line

Intro to the Alekhine Defense Main Line

MidnasLament
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Aug 23, 2019

Welcome to this Intro of the Alekhine Defense (Main Line), a rather offbeat counterattacking opening, and definitely one worth looking at.   1...Nf6! looks like a strange move allowing 2. e5 gaining space, but black has the idea to ...

Ending Studies with Stacia!  #1 KG Rook Ending

Ending Studies with Stacia! #1 KG Rook Ending

MidnasLament
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Aug 18, 2019

Hello, Stacia here!   How many times have you entered into endings in time pressure and realize you have no idea what you are doing?  Well, unfortunately, that's way too many times for me so I'm seeking to remedy that situation.  ...

Standard #39:  No Like My Pawn?

Standard #39: No Like My Pawn?

MidnasLament
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Jun 20, 2019

Here I share a USCF rated game played at the Parma Chess Club in June of 2019 against Anthony Hoag.  Anthony (wisely?) declines my Smith Morra Gambit and we enter a Moroczy Bind type position which then transforms into an IQP (isolated q...

Standard #38: A Challenger Emerges

Standard #38: A Challenger Emerges

MidnasLament
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May 7, 2019

Here I present a game played against fellow YouTuber Bryan Castro of Better Chess Training!  We are of similar rating although I suspect he's a decent amount stronger than myself, but nonetheless I took up his challenge.    We agree...

Standard #36:  Punishment in the Morra

Standard #36: Punishment in the Morra

MidnasLament
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Apr 13, 2019

In this 15 min/10 second game on chess.com I reply to the Sicilian with the aggressive 2. d4!? entering into the Smith-Morra Gambit.  After a full month of studying Mayhem in the Morra by Marc Esserman I was quite happy to see if I could get ...

Standard #35:  A Center Worth Defending

Standard #35: A Center Worth Defending

MidnasLament
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Mar 9, 2019

In this USCF rated game from Parma Chess Club I face another King's Gambit Declined but venture into new waters with 4. c3!  a line which intends 5. d4 taking the entire center!  The problem is that in this line, although you do accompli...

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