Finally there

Finally there

Torkil
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Jun 9, 2014

We did it! Our team won this season's championship with a clean nine victories out of nine matches, three team points and 8,5 board points ahead of the runners-up. My contribution were 6 points out of the six times I was available, and I am espec...

Grab for the Title

Grab for the Title

Torkil
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Feb 10, 2014

It's been more than two years since I last posted in my blog here. A number of things have changed in my life - I'm happy to say most of them in a pleasant way. Now things are still turbulent, but I seem to be able to spare a little time for chess...

MB reloaded :)

MB reloaded :)

Torkil
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Feb 9, 2012

My blog is turning more and more into a personal Modern Benoni blog. Well, I guess there could be worse things. Last week has been one of my worst for a long time - fortunately only chesswise. After losing quite badly in the FICS teamleague, I c...

The Modern Benoni and your repertoire

The Modern Benoni and your repertoire

Torkil
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Sep 8, 2011

This is meant as a sequel to my former blog post: Defending against 1.d4 - the Modern Benoni If you are planning to take up the Modern Benoni, it is useful to invest some thought into how to arrange your defenses against other Closed Games around...

Defending against 1.d4 - the Modern Benoni

Defending against 1.d4 - the Modern Benoni

Torkil
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Sep 6, 2011

Many players I have talked to used share a common uneasiness with me: What to play against 1.d4? Whilst everyone has his pet line against 1.e4, it seems hard to decide how to counter 1.d4. This may be partly due to the fact that many so-called clo...

Anti-Sicilians

Anti-Sicilians

Torkil
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Feb 2, 2011

I have posted a rather long overview of the most frequent Anti-Sicilan lines from the viewpoint of a Accelerated Dragon player in a forum thread and thought I might want to share it with you here in my blog as well:   I agree with LavaRook that ...

Mass of losses

Mass of losses

Torkil
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Mar 30, 2010

I am sincerely sorry to everyone who has in some way been let down by my long absence: My opponents who probably expected to play a more or less interesting game with me, and most of all of course for my various team mates who have to cope with a...

Back to otb

Back to otb

Torkil
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Jan 26, 2010

Hi everyone, this weekend I had my first serious otb game against a strong opponent for four years. Fortunately, online chess practice and ANCL have kept me from getting too rusty, and I even managed to pull off a win to settle the final score of...

Learning by mistakes

Learning by mistakes

Torkil
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Oct 21, 2009

I guess everybody has heard or read that you shouldn't be grudging your own mistakes, as there is always something to be learnt from them. And consequently playing through your lost games is supposed to yield some improvement as well.   How ofte...

Team playing is fun!

Team playing is fun!

Torkil
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Dec 15, 2008

Recently I posted my first serious game with a long time control for 5 months. On Sunday, 14th of December, this team round finished, and after some heroic defensive deeds of my teammates we managed to turn the tables and moved from being 0-2 behi...

Playing chess again

Playing chess again

Torkil
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Dec 13, 2008

Yesterday I played may first online team game for five months. After the long break I was happy to play again, and even got fortunate in that my opponent chose an opening line which has a bad reputation. Consequently I managed to pull of a nice wi...

English Teaching Tournament

English Teaching Tournament

Torkil
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Apr 12, 2008

The English Opening 1.c4 is the youngest of the established openings - it was taken seriously only after Mikhail Botvinnik used it with great success in the 1950ies, although it has already featured in the repertoire of world class positional play...

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