Untitled Tuesday Tournaments

Untitled Tuesday Tournaments

ijgeoffrey
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May 30, 2017

Are you a fan of Titled Tuesday? (What am I asking--of course you are!) Have you ever wished you could compete, but knew you would be totally trounced? Introducing, Untitled Tuesday! It's just like Titled Tuesday, but no titled players allowed. No...

Join the Not-So PRO Chess League!

Join the Not-So PRO Chess League!

ijgeoffrey
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Apr 22, 2017

Enjoyed the PRO Chess League, but were bummed that you were unable to compete? Maybe you did compete but just can't wait another year to play again? Please come join us in the Not-So PRO Chess League! It's like the PCL, but... well... not so pro. ...

Game of the Week: Giveaway Game

Game of the Week: Giveaway Game

ijgeoffrey
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Dec 14, 2016

Though as chess players (and really in all areas of life) we hope to bring our best game to the table every single time, sometimes we can fall drastically short of that dream. Perfection is a goal that most players will never achieve, and yet, at ...

An Amateur Looks at the WCC 2016

An Amateur Looks at the WCC 2016

ijgeoffrey
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Dec 6, 2016

The chess world spent the last month with their eyes fixed on one main event—the World Chess Championship. Emotions ran hot and many were disappointed with the outcome. Some are claiming it was the death of classical chess. Still others wish...

Game of the Week: ‚ÄčIt Ain't Over 'Til...

Game of the Week: ‚ÄčIt Ain't Over 'Til...

ijgeoffrey
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Nov 15, 2016

In my time playing chess, I have learned a lot, and my skills have developed in ways I never expected. One area in particular where I have shown some skill is the endgame. Whether you're one of those people who love the endgame or one ...

Game of the Week: The Plight of the Underdeveloped

Game of the Week: The Plight of the Underdeveloped

ijgeoffrey
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Nov 8, 2016

We've all played that one game before: the game where you attacked too early, didn't develop properly, and then watched in horror as everything guarding your king was swallowed whole, with nothing you could have done about it. Most of the time, th...

Game of the Week: One-Two Punch

Game of the Week: One-Two Punch

ijgeoffrey
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Oct 7, 2016

No matter what your play style, there is one thing that can always be a game-changer: tactics. When used properly, one or two tactics can be all you need to deliver a crushing blow. The game below was not the easiest game for me. Early on, I ach...

Game of the Week: Tactical Draw?

Game of the Week: Tactical Draw?

ijgeoffrey
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Sep 30, 2016

Although we as chess players would love to win every game, sometimes in a competitive tournament setting, we have to settle for a draw. As annoying as they can be, we have to remember to play the board--not just the game board, but the leaderboard...

Game of the Week: Blunderfest

Game of the Week: Blunderfest

ijgeoffrey
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Sep 23, 2016

Often, it can be very easy to focus on the games where we played exceptionally well, but the truth is that not all games are so pretty. In order to truly get a good picture of your own skill, it is important to analyze all your games--even the one...

Game of the Week: One Little Slip

Game of the Week: One Little Slip

ijgeoffrey
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Sep 16, 2016

Many times, chess games are ultimately defined by a single move. Sometimes this takes the form of a brilliant tactic or a beautiful positional move. But other times, the pivotal moment is just a simple mistake. While I always love games where I ...

Why Analyze?

Why Analyze?

ijgeoffrey
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Sep 9, 2016

It seems that almost every chess master, teacher, and coach has at least one piece of advice that never changes: analyze your games. But is this really necessary and worth the time you have to put into it? Well, this is my story: In the early da...

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