Beyond 2000

My journey towards a 2000 rating


    • Finally a dragon!

      I have a confession: I have a thing for dragons. And finally I got one. No, it is not a Norwegian ridgeback, but maybe I'll call it Norbert anyway. This is the final game of a club tournament that has been going on during the past few months. ... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Apr 25, 2016
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    • My first blindfold game

      I recently watched a few videos by Danny Rensch about visualization. And he mentioned the possibility of playing blindfold games here on the site, so I thought I'd give it a try - just for fun.   Since I had never tried this before, I chose the e... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Mar 31, 2016
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    • Death by quiescence error

      Recently, I played a game that was a bit unusual for me. My opponent made some unexpected choices in the opening, and we ended up in the position shown below. I was immediately tempted to take the knight on c3 and go into a tactical exchange varia... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Mar 23, 2016
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    • Tips for patzers

      I started this blog just over two years ago with the goal to reach a rating of 2000+ within four years. The point of the blog is to document my progress and remind myself of my strengths and weaknesses and thereby what I need to work on in order t... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Mar 23, 2016
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    • Who will win the candidates 2016?

      I have seen many people betting on who will win the candidate tournament and become Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger. In a previous post, I analyzed the rating progress of several top players to see if I could find statistical evidence that Carl... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Mar 8, 2016
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    • Stuck in the wrong plan

      Sometimes, chessplayers get caught up with a certain plan, and can get so adamant on making that specific plan work that it makes it virtually impossible to see other options. I think I read an article about this here on the site, but I can't reme... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Feb 18, 2016
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    • My 'best' win

      I think the title of this post is slightly incorrect, but it is a review of the game is listed here on the site as my best online game. This simply means that it is the highest rated player I've beaten. The game was played a couple of years ago, s... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Jan 11, 2016
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    • Into the wild

      During the fall, I played in a club tournament. This time, I faced off against another 2000+ player. I had actually checked out a few of his games, and done some (basic) preparation. I had seen that he liked openings with Nf3 and d4. I figured I'... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Jan 4, 2016
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    • Two ladies at once

      During the past season, I played two games in which the opening choice was quite strange. I faced the lesser known Marshall defense. In my first game, I played against a beginner, so I did not think much of it. But then I saw it again in a much hi... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Dec 28, 2015
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    • Are mistakes a sign of improvement?

      I recently flipped through Andrew Soltis' book The wisest things ever said about chess. One of the quotes, attributed to GM Loek van Wely, says the following: "You only know that you are improving when your opponents seem to be playing badly mor... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Dec 3, 2015
      • | 686 views
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