Torkil's Blog


    • Beating a Master

      Last weekend saw me play my best tournament ever so far: In a five-round event in Berlin I won my first three games, which in itself wasn't bad at all, but being paired with the top seed in the fourth round I was due for a rough landing - or so I ... | Read More

      • Torkil
      • | May 17, 2016
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    • Classical Chess

      The topic "what openings should I choose as a developing player?" pops up so regularly in the forums you could actually tune your watch by it. With the same redundance you will find answers of certain types: Don't memorize openings, just go by t... | Read More

      • Torkil
      • | Mar 20, 2016
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    • OTB Bliss

      During the last years, a busy life has largely kept me out of otb events, tournaments and team competitions alike. Actually my last tournament has taken place in 2010. Playing turn based games and votechess on this site has been the only opportuni... | Read More

      • Torkil
      • | Jan 3, 2016
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    • Finally there

      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... | Read More

      • Torkil
      • | Jun 9, 2014
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    • Grab for the Title

      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... | Read More

      • Torkil
      • | Feb 10, 2014
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    • MB reloaded :)

      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... | Read More

      • Torkil
      • | Feb 9, 2012
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    • The Modern Benoni and your repertoire

      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... | Read More

      • Torkil
      • | Sep 8, 2011
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    • Defending against 1.d4 - the Modern Benoni

      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... | Read More

      • Torkil
      • | Sep 6, 2011
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    • Anti-Sicilians

      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... | Read More

      • Torkil
      • | Feb 2, 2011
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    • Mass of losses

      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... | Read More

      • Torkil
      • | Mar 30, 2010
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