Chess.com - Play. Learn. Share. Online chess community where you can play chess, learn strategies and tactics, read chess news, see book reviews, find rules & tips, get free downloads, and more! https://www.chess.com/ 2007 Chess.com Uni vs. Kendal 28/1/16We played Kendal in the league last Wednesday. On paper, we had grading edges on all boards, so were looking for a victory again! My game was pretty sharp - I played the opening poorly, but got back into it with a well-timed opening of the centre...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/uni-vs-kendal-28116Sat, 06 Feb 2016 10:34:02 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/uni-vs-kendal-28116University vs. Lancaster A 17/11/15Another league match last night. This time we faced Lancaster's A team at their chess HQ, the Reform Club in town. A change of personnel - we replaced Nikola (who couldn't make the match) with Sam. Sam's grade is actually 165 (2 points higher tha...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/university-vs-lancaster-a-171115Wed, 18 Nov 2015 05:59:52 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/university-vs-lancaster-a-171115University vs. Dragons 05/11/15Just got done playing Dragons in the LANSIL Cup (an 8 team knockout tournament). This is a competition we defaulted out of last year, so it will be a nice aim to try and win this in addition to our league. The match was held in the university lib...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/university-vs-dragons-051115Thu, 05 Nov 2015 15:38:24 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/university-vs-dragons-051115Simul vs. IM Alexander MatrosFriday 23rd October saw a simultaneous chess event held in Lancaster University Management School - the second to be held in Lancaster in the space of a month! IM Alexander Matros, a professor at the school, took on 18 challengers. Most of the ch...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/simul-vs-im-alexander-matrosSun, 01 Nov 2015 13:52:54 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/simul-vs-im-alexander-matrosUniversity vs. Morecambe Knights 22/10/15It's a new season in the Lancaster, Morecambe and District chess league. After winning it last year, we (the University team) are aiming to make it back-to-back titles. Our first match of the season was against Morecambe Knights (Morecambe's "sec...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/university-vs-morecambe-knights-221015Sun, 01 Nov 2015 13:27:34 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/university-vs-morecambe-knights-221015My simul win against GM Nigel DaviesToday I had the chance to play in a simultaneous exhibition against veteran English grandmaster Nigel Davies. The event was held at and organised by Lancaster Library, and in total around 20 players played in the event. After the end, Nigel was go...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/my-simul-win-against-gm-nigel-daviesSat, 26 Sep 2015 08:37:45 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/my-simul-win-against-gm-nigel-daviesUniversity vs. Morecambe KnightsThe last match of the season for Lancaster University in the league - this was a top of the table clash against Morecambe Knights! We had to win the match to win the league - a draw would see the Knights crowned champions on game points. My game ...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/university-vs-morecambe-knightsMon, 16 Feb 2015 16:31:53 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/university-vs-morecambe-knightsUniversity vs. DragonsNew ECF grades out today - up 6 points to 163 (~1920 FIDE)! Not bad for 4 games. Managed to celebrate it with a win for Lancaster Uni in our league match against Dragons. Blanking Dragons 4-0 should put us top of the league! https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/university-vs-dragonsMon, 26 Jan 2015 15:08:16 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/university-vs-dragons90|30 game: Faarian vs. -waller-Had the chance to play a 90|30 game against Faarian recently, a very strong player. It was an unusually interesting game which swung back and forth! A good game from my opponent, who found lots of strong moves in complicated positions to gain th...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/9030-game-faarian-vs--wallerSat, 10 Jan 2015 04:43:23 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/9030-game-faarian-vs--wallerLancaster vs. University MatchMonday 1st December, I played my first game representing Lancaster University (where I now study). The match was against Lancaster A in the local league; so a 4 board team match! I got the opportunity to play on Board 1, which gave me Black again...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/lancaster-vs-university-matchWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:37:32 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/lancaster-vs-university-matchPreston Congress 2014On the weekend of the 22nd/23rd November, I competed in the Preston Chess Congress. It was held in one of the UCLan buildings, near the city centre. I entered the Major (u170 ECF) section (u1975 FIDE), which saw a very strong turnout of 40 players...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/preston-congress-2014Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:48:03 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/preston-congress-2014A couple of Weekly gamesOk, so after a poor Slow Swiss, I immediately signed up for the next one! Need practice. I played a couple of Weekly games to tide myself over until Slow Swiss 19 began. These are both 45/45 games as well. The first week, I played isaiahjhonson,...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/a-couple-of-weekly-gamesTue, 11 Nov 2014 16:46:59 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/a-couple-of-weekly-gamesSlow Swiss #18So, over a month ago now, the summer finally came to an end and I started postgraduate study at University. With this came the inevitable need for procrastination, and so to divert myself I tamed my bullet ways and started playing in Slow events a...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-18Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:20:28 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-18Games vs. YorkHad a few players from York Uni make the trip up to Durham today. We played a match in the morning (1hr per side) and then in the afternoon, a 4 round Swiss, 30 minute games. I notated my long game and one other vs. a York player. Both ended in a...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/games-vs-yorkSat, 14 Jun 2014 13:19:29 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/games-vs-yorkSlow Swiss #11Hi all, it's ages since I played in this tournament, but finally got around to posting my games. Analysis will be light, but hopefully useful! So this was a 5 round Swiss, hosted here on chess.com by the DHLC. The time controls were 45 45 for eac...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-11Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:54:58 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-11BUCA Championships 2014LAST weekend was the BUCA Team tournament, a competition between teams of 4 players from some of the UK's higher-educational establishments. Durham uni's chess club, having grown a lot since its re-incarnation last year, managed to yield two full ...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/buca-championships-2014Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:06:50 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/buca-championships-2014Durham Uni vs. Peterlee 28/1/14Following on from our friendly against Darlington, we played a friendly against Peterlee, reputedly one of the strongest clubs in the area. It was about a 20 minute taxi journey out there, then probably an extra 5-10 as we drove up and down the ro...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/durham-uni-vs-peterlee-28114Wed, 12 Feb 2014 09:23:18 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/durham-uni-vs-peterlee-28114Durham Uni vs. Darlington 25/1/14This was a friendly match we played last night, 6 players a side. Well, Darlington could only bring 4 up to Durham this particular time, which is understandable - it's not a trivial journey! So our top two players played each other on Board 1, and...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/durham-uni-vs-darlington-25114Sun, 26 Jan 2014 12:03:36 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/durham-uni-vs-darlington-25114Slow Swiss #10: Rounds 4 & 5So, after 3 rounds of Slow Swiss #10, I am 2/3 with 2 rounds to play! The penultimate round saw me paired with Lavner, and it was a very interesting game, where we got into a situation I have often played before in blitz via a particular variation...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-10-rounds-4-amp-5Tue, 24 Dec 2013 04:26:38 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-10-rounds-4-amp-5Slow Swiss #10: Rounds 2 & 3Back to the Slow Swiss #10 tournament, after losing in the first round I was determined to come back and win the next 4 out of 5! Did I manage it? The next two blogs will cover that. Round 2 of the tournament, I was paired against pedrinho, who I...https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-10-rounds-2-amp-3Thu, 19 Dec 2013 17:50:50 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/-waller-/slow-swiss-10-rounds-2-amp-3