Standard #39:  No Like My Pawn?

Standard #39: No Like My Pawn?

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29 days ago

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...

A New Approach & Asserting My Goals

A New Approach & Asserting My Goals

MidnasLament
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Feb 6, 2019

Well, this is a blog so I might as well share my crazy thoughts with y'all from time to time yes?    Yes.  I'm glad we are agreed.  These last few months have been awesome, and tough, and dedicating myself to chess require...

Miniature #2:  An Icy Attack

Miniature #2: An Icy Attack

MidnasLament
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Jan 22, 2019

This is the 2nd in a new series I've been wanting to do where I analyze interesting quick or blitz games played solely for the purpose of learning.   In this 3/2 game on chess.com I get an Icelandic Gambit!  Every #teamscandi player se...

Standard #33: On the Butcher's Block

Standard #33: On the Butcher's Block

MidnasLament
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Jan 19, 2019

In this USCF rated game from Parma Chess Club I find myself on Butch Kless's Butcher Block. How do I get myself in these situations? lol This game was a London System that starts rather calm and next thing you know tactics are everywhere ...

Miniature #1:  Playing the Scandi... as White!?

Miniature #1: Playing the Scandi... as White!?

MidnasLament
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Jan 15, 2019

This is the first in a new series I've been wanting to do for awhile where I will analyze interesting quick or blitz games played solely for the purpose of learning.   In this 3/2 game on chess.com I play 1. e4 and face something interestin...

Standard #32:  No Gifts From Santoas Claus

Standard #32: No Gifts From Santoas Claus

MidnasLament
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Dec 30, 2018

I was hoping for a Christmas present from Santoas Claus but no such luck! Bah humbug! In this 15/10 game on chess.com I try a new sharper variation of the Scandi (opening video on it coming soon!) called the Portuguese variation. Black has play ...

Standard #31:  My First Sacrifice

Standard #31: My First Sacrifice

MidnasLament
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Dec 16, 2018

I had the taste for blood so I played my first ever King's Gambit and it did not disappoint! (haha actually no I felt terrified lol) The opening was unfamiliar, tricky and I even sacked a piece because hey why not? lol This game was a 15/10 stan...

Standard #30:  Bloggers Duel

Standard #30: Bloggers Duel

MidnasLament
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Nov 23, 2018

This game was a 15/10 standard game played on chess.com against chess.com top blogger Zeitnot17. He played the white pieces and I played the black pieces.Zeitnot17 ventures us into the Anti-Benoni opening where I play the aggressive but risky line...

Standard #28:  New Trap Learned

Standard #28: New Trap Learned

MidnasLament
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Oct 31, 2018

This is Round 5 of a USCF rated tournament game from the Parma Chess Championships. (G90;d5).  I played the white pieces against Mark Seaton, a 1600 club player. Although after this game I felt I played well I was mystified to learn that I ...

Improving at Chess:  Flashcard Session #1

Improving at Chess: Flashcard Session #1

MidnasLament
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Oct 27, 2018

My flashcard method is what I believe to be primarily responsible for helping me gain 300 rating points in one year so I'm continuing this regularly! Since I engage in this sort of study so often, I thought I would go ahead make videos from time t...

Standard #27: The Queen Wedge

Standard #27: The Queen Wedge

MidnasLament
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Oct 14, 2018

This is a Round 4 of a USCF rated tournament game from the Parma Chess Championships. (G90;d5).  I played the white pieces against Dave Bumba, a 1700-1800 USCF player. White played solid and not precisely enough and black equalizes in ...

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