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    • 3rd Place in the State Championships

      "Fortune," if we are to believe the Latin proverb, "favors those who are brave enough not to resign, for they shall find a cheapo." And this pretty much sums up my recent games against higher-rated players. In the Green Bay Open in July, I found ... | Read More

      • Blougram
      • | Aug 22, 2016
    • How to Make Watching Chess More Fun

      While I was eating a fish burrito for lunch (so So Cal), I got a text from a friend who is an 1800 USCF rated player himself. I had told him to check out the Sinquefield Cup coverage; that I had thought that it had a lot of very interesting games.... | Read More

      • CraiggoryC
      • | Aug 19, 2016
    • Changes...

      Well, I Just passed my two year 'Chessiversary' (making it two years since I decided to seriously study), and Frankly I'm a little disappointed where I am at... I seem absolutely glued to 1500 rapid, despite working hard on this time control- I h... | Read More

    • 1 Min or 2 l 1 Bullet... Which Would You Choose?

      After playing lots of bullet chess, I decided to experiment, which is better 1 or  2|1? I have finally came to the conclusion that I think 1 min is better. Here in this blog post, I will give out the differences between both bullet formats.   ... | Read More

    • Training Routine

      July 2015 is when I started training harder to improve my chess. I search the internet, buy books, download apps and programs, and played a lot of chess. I also acquired 4 sets of boards already because I am a little picky about the piece design, ... | Read More

      • Alvin_Cruz
      • | Aug 18, 2016
    • From A to Zugzwang

      Dan Heisman is one of the most original and respected chess coaches around today thanks to his teaching of the Dan Heisman thought process – a logical thinking method that helps players calculate more accurately, form winning strategies and avo... | Read More

      • TigerLilov
      • | Aug 18, 2016
    • Welcome to "Cheap Coward Cheater"

      Today was my second day at and many members have been warm and welcoming. I appreciate that.  Sadly, when I played in a tournament today, one of the opponents that I beat let loose with a string of expletives and posted the message p... | Read More

    • Game of the Week: Discovered Checkmate!

      I am always surprised when I play a game of bullet chess that is actually worth remembering. It seems every game I play is rife with blunders and unsound tactics on both sides, some of which are punished, but many of which go unnoticed. There is a... | Read More

      • ijgeoffrey
      • | Aug 14, 2016
    • My Games 5-7/8/2016 - Positional Victories against Better Players

      Chess is 99% tactics. Really? No! Until a player reach the skill level of "master", chess tactics tend to ultimately decide the outcomes of games more often than chess strategy does. Really? Last week I played a couple of games against 1600 pl... | Read More

      • williamn27
      • | Aug 12, 2016
    • Pro-Am Event: Urschel and Rensch vs The World

      A vote chess match with NFL guard from the Baltimore Ravens John Urschel and Daniel Rensch verses The World. It was a tough match and after two months, Urschel and Rensch were declared the winners! Here's the game,        Luckily no hu... | Read More

    • 5 Draws in Round 4

      Round 4 of the Sinquefield Cup was just as uneventful as Round 3 if you only look at the results. Despite five draws, the games still featured some very interesting scuffles between the players. The lack of decisive games only proves that the play... | Read More

    • Man vs Analysis

      Allow me to take you way back to last Thursday, a slow balmy evening here in rural France. The cows in the field next door were fanning away flies with a consistent - if lazy - tail swipe, and my baby daughter had for once quietened her angry... | Read More

      • AndyJessop
      • | Aug 8, 2016
    • The Best Games of the Sinquefield Cup (Rounds 1-3)

      The Sinquefield Cup is one of the most celebrated and exciting tournaments in the world, awaited breathlessly by all chess fans. This was the same tournament where Caruana went 7-0 in his first seven games, the same tournament that Aronian won ahe... | Read More

    • Sinquefield Cup 2016 - Rounds 2&3

      A monster post covering two rounds and a lot of lost sleep for me while producing it! Many nice points and a lot of blunders, chess is becoming more difficult even for these guys! Full report at | Read More


      ON CLASSICAL GAMES : Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,  Classical games : ISOLATED PAWN 1, 2 PAWN STORM DOUBLED PAWNS  1, 2, 3, 4, 5 HOW TO AVOID BLUNDERS : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 IMPROVING ATTACKING PLAY TACTICAL PATTERNS : sacrifice ... | Read More

    • Continental Chess Tournament: Manhattan Open

      As the first (paid) tournament I have joined since quite some time, and as a player only in my 1600's, I had to sign up for U1900 section, so it's a big challenge enough already.  There were many fine players I have seen playing, and I made a fe... | Read More

    • Bumblings In Blindfold Chess

      Blindfold chess is becoming quite trendy these days. GM Timur Gareyev has been a big promoter of the discipline and is ramping up for a blindfold world record attempt. Currently, FM Marc Lang holds the record at 46 boards (played in 2011... | Read More

    • Fighting Chess at the SD Teams

      My most recent tournament was a rollar-coaster I will never forget. I have had more than one memorable tournament over the past 6 years I have played tournament chess. I have had everything from brillant victories to shocking blunders. I have see... | Read More

    • Análise Elolimeira

      Análise da Eloimeira. Jogado há alguns dias.   No geral, conseguiu coordenar bem. A abertura foi boa. Não sei se consultou ou seguiu princípios (eu segui os princípios), mas andou bem até o sétimo ou oitavo movimento. Aproveitou a brech... | Read More

    • Converting an Advantage into a Win - Control of the Center

      Here I will continue with my series "Converting an Advantage into a Win". The second topic I will talk about is what happens when you don't pay attention to the center. Here's a game I played against someone in a 15|10 format.   My Analysis  ... | Read More