Pawn Snatch & Two Layers of Luck

Pawn Snatch & Two Layers of Luck

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May 17, 2018

Last week in the Slow Chess League I won two games in very different fashions. In the first one, after my opponent blundered a pawn on move 3 (or perhaps, played an exteremly dubious gambit) I kept grabbing pawns until the game transformed into 'E...

Miniature Win

Miniature Win

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Aug 27, 2017

This week I was paired with SirIvanhoe: fellow moderator, and the person making a lot of things happen at the Slow Chess League.  A quick look at the game might give the impression that you could hear a pin drop until the very end, ...

Fight Goes On Even After Getting A Piece Up

Fight Goes On Even After Getting A Piece Up

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Jul 31, 2017

New practice: I'll start posting CAPS scores on every game I play and blog about. In both of the last two games I played at the Slow Chess League, I got a piece up quite early in the game. But although I carried the material advantage over into ...

Miniature loss with a tactical blow

Miniature loss with a tactical blow

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Jul 16, 2017

In a game in which I lost the opening battle as white and ended up with a questionable pawn structure, I overlooked a simple tactical shot and was swept off the board in the matter of a few moves. Here's the game annotated in detail, and the criti...

Barely Floating Above the 1500 Line

Barely Floating Above the 1500 Line

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Sep 1, 2016

I had to take some time away from chess to prepare for a conference, and on my return I was quite out of form. I lost the first game after coming back and sinked down the 1500 line, and then barely pushed my head above it for a breath by winning t...

A Peculiar Type of Blunder: Confusion

A Peculiar Type of Blunder: Confusion

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Apr 19, 2016

Yesterday I was trying to solve this chess puzzle and I got it wrong in a way that I found really interesting and significant. In terms of "brute best moves" I analysed most lines well enough, even reached the correct evaluation of the position, y...

Warming Up (Once Again)

Warming Up (Once Again)

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Aug 31, 2014

After yet another long hiatus, I'm very excited to get back to live chess, and especially the wonderfully organized events of the DHLC! Before the first round of the 17th Slow Swiss tournament, I played two black games in the weekly single-game ev...

Failing in the Critical Moment

Failing in the Critical Moment

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Nov 3, 2013

In my final game for the qualifier tournament at the DHLC, I won again, this time against the highest rated player I have faced so far in the event, but this turned to be the game that I'm least happy with. I will skip further introduction and get...

Chess is a Difficult Game

Chess is a Difficult Game

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Oct 27, 2013

In the first round of DHLC's qualifier tournament, I was paired with a lower rated opponent, but they had played only two standard games till our encounter, so I didn't exactly know what to expect. On the 2nd round, the rating difference was abou...

My First DHLC Slow Tournament Game

My First DHLC Slow Tournament Game

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Oct 23, 2013

After yet another long hiatus, I returned back to online slow games by joining the Dan Heismen Learning Center and participating in the 3rd league qualifier after a few weeks of waiting period. Apparently, showing up for your scheduled games in a ...

Philidor's Snippets of Chess Wisdom #1

Philidor's Snippets of Chess Wisdom #1

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Sep 17, 2012

 For years, I have been secretly and obsessively collecting chess quotes, passages from interviews, books, magazines, blogs, news items and even videos from top players or lecturers that pertain to life in one way or another. They have served to m...

Four Miniatures and a Comeback

Four Miniatures and a Comeback

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Oct 7, 2011

It's been a while I haven't blogged about my games, simply because I have been inactive for a long, long time. To get in shape again, I got myself into a hell lot of games, and just as I expected, things started really, really bad. The first 3 ga...

Analysis Medley #3: Lead Zeppelin

Analysis Medley #3: Lead Zeppelin

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Aug 20, 2010

    The pictures should be more than clear: It's been a horrible "chess season" for me. It's been a long while since I've blogged about my games. Probably the main reason is mentioned in the title: I've been sinking like a "lead" zeppel...

Back To Slow Live Chess

Back To Slow Live Chess

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Feb 28, 2010

Oh I have missed the excitement so much. I hadn't realized it has been almost 6 months till I have played my last slow live game on FICS. This game made me remember what I've been missing the whole time, and I can confidently declare that I'm back...

Complications & Disappointment

Complications & Disappointment

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Feb 13, 2010

I was very eager to talk about this game. I was preparing statements like "I pressed hard right from the beginning, but he defended strongly, I calculated deep, kept him on his toes for a long time but he kept finding only-move defenses and the ba...

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