Anatomy of a Slump

Anatomy of a Slump

WCM mkkuhner
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24 days ago

I returned to tournament chess after a very long absence in 2014.  USCF gave me a provisional rating based on my 2100 FIDE rating (I don't know what happened to my previous USCF rating) and it promptly crashed to around 1800--no wonder, as I'...

Seattle City Championship 2020:  A New Beginning

Seattle City Championship 2020: A New Beginning

WCM mkkuhner
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27 days ago

As I said when I wrote this tournament up last year, no one pays any particular attention to the Seattle Championship; it's just a fancy name for an ordinary weekend Swiss.  For reasons that will become apparent, I'm a bit sorry I said that. ...

Evans Memorial 2019:  No Dice

Evans Memorial 2019: No Dice

WCM mkkuhner
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Dec 6, 2019

In my previous two visits to Reno I'd been within striking distance of the hefty Class A prize both times.  This time, though, I couldn't shake the memory of multiple bad tournaments in a row, and I wasn't optimistic.  I might have chick...

WA State Championship 2019

WA State Championship 2019

WCM mkkuhner
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Sep 24, 2019

The Washington State Championship is a two-weekend, nine-round tournament, with four sections of ten players each.  I had watched anxiously for over a month to see if I would even get in, as my rating was near its low-water mark and the compe...

Winter Not-So Classic 2018

Winter Not-So Classic 2018

WCM mkkuhner
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Sep 14, 2019

Yes, this blog is nine months late.  Work has been making me crazy, and also I found these games particularly difficult to annotate--or indeed to look at.  I've decided to present it with incomplete annotations, as otherwise it might be ...

WA Class Championships 2018

WA Class Championships 2018

WCM mkkuhner
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Apr 9, 2019

The Washington Class Championship is traditionally a big tournament, the second-biggest of the year, and is held in Lynnwood, a suburb about 20 miles north of Seattle.  Normally I've commuted, but this year my husband suggested I get a hotel ...

Western States Open 2018

Western States Open 2018

WCM mkkuhner
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Jan 10, 2019

I knew that I was facing a crisis at work in December through March--a new class to teach, a grant submission deadline, and a realistic chance of needing a new job--but I snatched some time in October to go to the Western States Open in Reno, Neva...

Sentenced to Chess:  Seattle Classic 2018

Sentenced to Chess: Seattle Classic 2018

WCM mkkuhner
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Nov 6, 2018

A nine round tournament.  Why do we do this to ourselves?  Playing for five days straight is exhausting, keeping in playing form becomes a real struggle -- I don't know why I love this format, but I do. This iteration was graced by the...

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