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 A 2 for one Christmas special -- tactics toddler and annotation of a gameA relatively new member recnetly posted on the wall of the Dan Heisman Learning Center (DHLC) that he'd like a game on 26 December and asked if anyone was interested in playing.   I responded.   I've missed long games so much. To give some of y...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-2-for-one-christmas-special----tactics-toddler-and-annotation-of-a-gameMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:46:26 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-2-for-one-christmas-special----tactics-toddler-and-annotation-of-a-gameAnother tactic from a real gameDedicated to my teammate, HReedwork!  Always a pleasure! This was in a game I had against my teammate, HReedwork. I spotted a tactic earlier in the game that had me ahead.  Worth noting, that was actually indirectly influenced by Squarology who...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/another-tactic-from-a-real-gameSat, 26 Sep 2015 10:25:16 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/another-tactic-from-a-real-gameMore tactics fun!Here is another tactic taken from a real game that my teammate had at a tournament.  Worth mentioning, my teammate's opening was the Rossolimo, one of my favorites to play against the Sicilian as white.  Now, as many here know, I've been workin...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/more-tactics-funWed, 23 Sep 2015 08:15:08 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/more-tactics-funDiscovered STUFF.... the best tacticsThis one is dedicated to my teammate, JRTK73.  A big cuddly thanks for all of the help you've given me over the past few years!     I LOVE discovered stuff.......    We all know my new love of tactics.  Discovered checks, discovered attac...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/discovered-stuff-the-best-tacticsSat, 19 Sep 2015 07:10:52 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/discovered-stuff-the-best-tacticsAnother post from the Tactics Toddler!Well, this has been one tiring week!  Despite having a day off Monday for Labor Day, my Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings were packed so I haven't had a chance to practice my tactics all week.  (I have been chatting with coworkers during ...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/another-post-from-the-tactics-toddlerFri, 11 Sep 2015 19:24:12 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/another-post-from-the-tactics-toddlerA lallapalooza of a tactics puzzle -- It's a doozieOkay, now when I say Doozie, of course I mean for someone who is my level.   It's a bit tricky, however, so don't underestimate it.   This is thanks to Gunners2004.  A born teacher, "Guns" knows I love tactics and will send me one from time ...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-lallapalooza-of-a-tactics-puzzle----its-a-doozieSat, 29 Aug 2015 13:19:15 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-lallapalooza-of-a-tactics-puzzle----its-a-doozieLunchtime toddling tactics -- Cool mating pattern!I've gotten into a habit of late of practicing tactics at lunchtime.  Sometimes I totally bomb and other days, I do well.  This was one of those in between days but I came across a nifty little tactics puzzle that very nicely demonstrates a snea...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/lunchtime-toddling-tactics----cool-mating-patternThu, 27 Aug 2015 18:30:53 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/lunchtime-toddling-tactics----cool-mating-patternAnother tactic from the Tactics ToddlerI'm working on it -- I'm trying to go from a tatics toddler to a tactics teenybopper...... At any rate, another lovely little tactic that I saw on chesstempo.com.  It involves one of my favorite moves.  It had a "blitz" tactic rating of 1617 and...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/another-tactic-from-the-tactics-toddlerSat, 22 Aug 2015 11:35:25 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/another-tactic-from-the-tactics-toddlerA nice little tacticFrom a game I had with one of my favorite opponents, KSKonge, my teammate.  I wasn't doing too well in this game but then I spotted a nice little tactic.  You strong players should see it pretty easily.  It's not spectacular.  But it's a nice...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-nice-little-tacticWed, 29 Jul 2015 18:52:17 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/a-nice-little-tacticThat age old question -- Should I resign?If you've been hanging around in the forums at all, it's certainly not uncommon to find a forum regarding whether or not to resign.   It's a raging war, it seems, with folks on either one side of the coin or the other.   Many say that you should...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/that-age-old-question----should-i-resignMon, 29 Jun 2015 17:40:39 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/that-age-old-question----should-i-resignMate in one puzzleI found a very nice puzzle on a puzzle site.  Allow me to share it.  I DID get it..... it involves one of my favorite moves.  https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/mate-in-one-puzzleFri, 05 Jun 2015 19:36:03 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/mate-in-one-puzzle"We could use some endgame practice"Agggghhhhhh!! My opponent told me that he almost resigned several times but didn't because "we could both use some endgame practice" that is just too close to the truth as will be demonstrated in just a moment.   My end games SUCK!! We have t...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/quotwe-could-use-some-endgame-practicequotSun, 19 Apr 2015 10:28:31 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/quotwe-could-use-some-endgame-practicequotGO Swiss Round 4 - And sometimes, it clicksOkay, so here we go, round 4.  After last week's VERY exciting game, I was pumped.   I was hoping to prep this week but upon looking at my opponent's games and trying to do my homework, I discovered that I had no earthly idea what my opponent wo...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/go-swiss-round-4---and-sometimes-it-clicksMon, 06 Apr 2015 18:44:53 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/go-swiss-round-4---and-sometimes-it-clicksGO Swiss Round 3 -- Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory!Dedicated to Lumper who gave me the snappy title!!!!   Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory:  Uh... shouldn't that be the other way around? Well, it would be if my OPPONENT was doing the blog. Unfortunately, it's ME that's doing it!   ...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/go-swiss-round-3----snatching-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victorySun, 29 Mar 2015 14:09:07 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/go-swiss-round-3----snatching-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victoryOp Ed -- The best way to learn"Any fool can know.  The point is to understand."  Albert Eintstein.   I recently came across a post in the notes of the DHLC (Dan Heisman Learning Center) where a member questioned the usefulness of a particular form of training.  Some memb...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/op-ed----the-best-way-to-learnSun, 22 Mar 2015 17:30:29 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/op-ed----the-best-way-to-learnCalculating incorrectly again -- THIS time in MY favorGO Swiss Round 2.  The opponent is still higher than I am but, of course, I'll still try my best and give the best fight I can.  Once again, I have done my homework.  I looked up the games of my opponent as white and it does appear that he pla...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/calculating-incorrectly-again----this-time-in-my-favorSat, 21 Mar 2015 09:49:09 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/calculating-incorrectly-again----this-time-in-my-favorGO Swiss Round 1 -- Homework pays off.. until....Alright, here we go again.  Round 1, open pairings.  We all know I'm going to get an opponent who is "out of reach" so to speak.  I'm barely expected to even show up.   Nevertheless, I enjoy playing the stronger playres.  I think I actually p...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/go-swiss-round-1----homework-pays-off-untilSun, 15 Mar 2015 13:19:02 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/go-swiss-round-1----homework-pays-off-untilLet's learn a tactic!I hated tactics for the longest time.  My teammates had to drag me kicking and screaming into them....  I was always getting them wrong.. But practice, practice, practice.  I'm getting them more often now.   I am to a point now where I can so...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/lets-learn-a-tacticFri, 20 Feb 2015 18:06:07 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/lets-learn-a-tacticCris Angel CLAWS -- until my favorite blunder....For fun, my Art of War teammate, Strickland420, and I decided to meet up in live and have a little game.   We hadn't played each other in a long time and when we played before, he always beat me quite easily. Hehe.  I got a wonderful compliment...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/cris-angel-claws----until-my-favorite-blunderWed, 04 Feb 2015 16:21:29 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/cris-angel-claws----until-my-favorite-blunderAnd the moral of the story is (again) -- DON'T PLAY WHEN SICKMy name is Cris Angel.  I like to hang queens.  (((((sigh)))) I HATE forfeits.  So I didn't want to have to say I was ill and take a forfeit loss.  But I have been ill for over two weeks now. This feels like the virus that will never go awa...https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/and-the-moral-of-the-story-is-again----dont-play-when-sickSun, 11 Jan 2015 09:39:31 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/Dr_Cris_Angel/and-the-moral-of-the-story-is-again----dont-play-when-sick