Beyond 2000

My journey towards a 2000 rating


    • 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
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    • The pin is mightier than the sword

      I played a game earlier today, which was quite strange in many ways. Both players made several mistakes, and the game was quite even. That is until my opponent decided to open up the position and let me create pins everywhere. The game ended with ... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Nov 15, 2015
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    • All rook endings are not drawn

      In my latest post, I refuted the saying about the next to last mistake. Now it is time for me to refute yet another one. It is often said that "all rook endings are drawn". This is of course not entirely true, but it is correct for a large majorit... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Oct 29, 2015
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    • Two steps forward and two steps back

      A while back, I wrote a post about how the winner is the player who makes the next to last mistake. This is actually a game that demonstrates that this saying is not always true. In this case, there were many (!) mistakes and blunders. The final b... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Oct 21, 2015
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    • Find the best move

      A quick post from a quick game. I recently played a blitz game here on the site, and we reached the position below. I don't think my opponent responded correctly. Rather, my opinion is that white should have a better continuation. What is your tak... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Oct 20, 2015
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    • Winning does not mean won

      About a year ago, I came very close to getting a big scalp. I had a winning position against a 2000+ player, let it slip, had an objectively drawn position but showed lack of technique and finally lost. This time, I came a step closer. I had a wor... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Oct 8, 2015
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    • It's been a while

      It has been a while since my last post, and since my last game for that matter. It has been a long summer with little or no chess at times. Once again, it is time for the annual club championship tournament. I have no hopes whatsoever of becoming ... | Read More

      • Nietsoj
      • | Sep 30, 2015
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