Miniature #2:  An Icy Attack

Miniature #2: An Icy Attack

MidnasLament
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2 hrs ago

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...

On the Butcher's Block

On the Butcher's Block

MidnasLament
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2 days ago

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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6 days ago

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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22 days ago

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 ...

I Quit My Job For Chess?!  ...Two Months In

I Quit My Job For Chess?! ...Two Months In

MidnasLament
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Sep 27, 2018

So its been nearly two months since I executed the decision to retire early from my career as a housing developer & urban planner, and take on chess (& cornhole) full time.  So one might ask; how is it going?    I ask myself...

Develop Your Pieces and Castle!

Develop Your Pieces and Castle!

MidnasLament
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Sep 22, 2018

I have watched enough lectures by GM Ben Finegold to know... Develop your pieces and castle!  In countless videos the entertaining GM comments again and again when analyzing games in his lectures to a lower rated audience... "and then the GMs...

Standard #26: The Meddlesome Bishop

Standard #26: The Meddlesome Bishop

MidnasLament
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Sep 20, 2018

Greetings! This is a rapid (G30) USCF rated tournament game from the Parma Chess Club. I played the black pieces against Dave Bumba, a 1700-1800 USCF player. Bumba challenges my Scandinavian setup with his bishops early, not allowing my usual ...

Standard #25:  Taking the Tennison Like Medicine

Standard #25: Taking the Tennison Like Medicine

MidnasLament
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Sep 16, 2018

This is a standard game (G15/10) played on chess.com. I played the black pieces against grigoru who chooses the Tennison Gambit against my Scandi center counter with d5. This opening is almost like a reverse Budapest Defense with it's own bag of t...

Tactics puzzle #16

Tactics puzzle #16

MidnasLament
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Sep 8, 2018

Here I present an instructive tactics puzzle that is part of my flashcard rotation. Black to move and win! In addition to sharing the solution I explain the thought processes that can help solve something like this. Hopefully it's instructive. ...

Tactics Puzzle #15

Tactics Puzzle #15

MidnasLament
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Sep 6, 2018

Here I present an instructive tactics puzzle that is part of my flashcard rotation. Black to move and win! In addition to sharing the solution I show the lines that should be considered when solving it. Hope you enjoy! And happy checkmating!...

Tactics Puzzle #14

Tactics Puzzle #14

MidnasLament
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Aug 31, 2018

Here I present a tactics puzzle that became part of my flashcard rotation. The solution is provided in the short (hopefully instructive) video below.  Hope you enjoy! Happy checkmating. :) -Stacia Please like, subscribe and...

Tactics Puzzle #13

Tactics Puzzle #13

MidnasLament
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Aug 27, 2018

Here I present a tactics puzzle that became part of my flashcard rotation. Rather than only present the solution I give a more in depth calculation of the candidate moves and lines that can be used to solve it. Hope you enjoy! Happy checkmating....

An Intro to the Icelandic Gambit

An Intro to the Icelandic Gambit

MidnasLament
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Aug 21, 2018

Here is a look at the main line of the Icelandic Gambit. This variation comes from the Nf6 Scandi 1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Nf6 3. c4 e6! and provides black with quick and easy development for the cost of a pawn. Let's have a look and see what we can learn...

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