Carlsen vs Anand so much like Laxman Rao vs Srinivas

Carlsen vs Anand so much like Laxman Rao vs Srinivas

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Nov 18, 2013

This post assumes a lot of knowledge of Andhra Pradesh's chess scene 8-15 years ago.  Laxman Rao and Srinivas are quite frequently AP state champions with few national places. They are about 2200-2300 range players who distinctincy remind me of C...

Thematic attacking game

Thematic attacking game

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Oct 25, 2010

This weekend I played a thematic tournament where the first moves 1.d4 d5 2.e4 de 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 ef are compulsory. I played the tournament ok but lost my Nemisis again this time with blunders in time pressure. I want to write about one game that...

A good fight but lost nevertheless

A good fight but lost nevertheless

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Jun 18, 2010

Following my loss to Guinto and this blog post. I went to the next round quite determined and rearing to a win. My opponent is a kid, really a small kid and when he replied 1.e4 with e5, I tried to get him to my favorite battle ground of King's ga...

Las vegas tournament- half time analysis

Las vegas tournament- half time analysis

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Jun 12, 2010

I have 2 hours to go before the next round and instead of indulging in gambling and escaping reality, I thought of doing a little introspection analysis here of what went wrong and correct. I am playing in the U-2200 section of las vegas open, and...

Strategic mishandling

Strategic mishandling

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Jun 10, 2010

This is a follow up from my yesterday's blog post - http://blog.chess.com/smalugu/i-dont-know-where-i-lost-the-game. I have taken time to analyze and critique the game with some help from fritz. Now I know where and how I lost the game. KID fans m...

Sad mistake in time pressure

Sad mistake in time pressure

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Jun 9, 2010

This game is my second consecutive game an higher rated opponent. After 10 years of chess, I still can't manage my clock! This is how stupidly I lost the game.The time control is 30 moves in 90 minutes and 1 hour sudden death. I only had an analog...

I don't know where I lost the game

I don't know where I lost the game

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Jun 9, 2010

This is game is the last round from WA open where I won the first three games and failed to gain even 0.5 points in the next three rounds :( My opponent played this game pretty differently, I thought I was holding on the game and have a lot of fi...

Jonnalagadda's school of chess

Jonnalagadda's school of chess

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Apr 30, 2010

If you are having trouble speaking the name of the chess school, well you are not a native Telugu speaker. But every serious player in Andhra pradesh knows and fears the Jonnalagadda family. Actually they never named their coaching institute as su...

Chess at my home place

Chess at my home place

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Apr 12, 2010

I have been in the US for 4 years and my 22 years of life and 5 years of chess career is in India. The difference in terms of chess is 'steep' to say the least. I have been inspired to write this article after going through top chess countries on...

Failed to kill the mocking bird

Failed to kill the mocking bird

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Apr 6, 2010

This game is from my last round of the doomed Seattle spring open tournament. I am on 2/3 and had to win to get a chance to win any money. Though the number of entries has exceeded the limit and prize fund was increased the TD was cruel to me and ...

A deserving loss

A deserving loss

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Mar 31, 2010

This weekend I played in Seattle spring open and failed to win anything. I made an awful 2.5/4 and my rating might go down the hill. All my opponents were atleast 200 points lesser than me but I never felt that superior in the games. In the game I...

A striking rook sacrifice

A striking rook sacrifice

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Mar 15, 2010

This game is from the last round of the Seattle chess club's March Tornado. I was not in a very positive mood as I played blunders in Round 2 in a winning position and almost lost but drew with some luck. Also the previous day I lost against Barto...

Penultimate game with Dave Rowles

Penultimate game with Dave Rowles

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Mar 1, 2010

My game against Dave Rowles in Spokane WA was an important one. I was 3/3 by then and I have to win to have a contest for the first place. The reason I put up this game is not because of my briallance but of my opponents positional understanding a...

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