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 Finally reached 1800+ in blitz after 5 years of taking Chess seriouslyFinally, I have reached my highest rating in Blitz on chess.com after almost 5 years of taking up chess seriously.   I started in 1100 group few years back and I still remember all the vague and silly moves that I used to make. I have progresse...https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/finally-reached-1800-in-blitz-after-5-years-of-taking-chess-seriouslySat, 02 Jul 2016 09:48:02 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/finally-reached-1800-in-blitz-after-5-years-of-taking-chess-seriouslyNordic Gambit & Scotch Gambit https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/nordic-gambit-scotch-gambitWed, 01 Jun 2016 10:13:52 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/nordic-gambit-scotch-gambitUnusual TranspositionsC44: Ponziani Opening and Scotch Gambit https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/unusual-transpositionsTue, 05 Apr 2016 21:45:21 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/unusual-transpositionsThe Ruy LopezThis is a comprehensive analysis of the Ruy Lopez covering as much as possible and will keep getting updated whenever I play this line online.  C66: The Old Steinitz Defence  The Steinitz Defence (also called the Old Steinitz Defence) (ECO ...https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-ruy-lopezMon, 04 Apr 2016 08:02:03 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-ruy-lopezThe Occasional Carro-KannCaro-Kann 3...c5 - Chess.com  Arkell/Khenkin Variation Van der Wiel Attack https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-occasional-carro-kannSat, 02 Apr 2016 05:49:17 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-occasional-carro-kannThe King's IndianE91: King's Indian Classical 6.Be2  https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-kings-indianSat, 02 Apr 2016 05:05:33 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-kings-indianThe Slav DefenseThe Slav Defense is a chess opening that begins with the moves: 1. d4 d52. c4 c6The Slav is one of the primary defenses to the Queen's Gambit. Although it was analyzed as early as 1590, it was not until the 1920s that it started to be ex...https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-slav-defenseFri, 01 Apr 2016 21:58:56 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-slav-defenseThe French (My Nemesis)The main lines of the French are in the game I played and annotated below. https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-french-my-nemesisFri, 01 Apr 2016 00:52:23 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-french-my-nemesisYou will lose if you smoke up. Period!These were some of the games that I played when I was stoned after smoking marijuana. Marijuana doesn't help in getting you better at chess, in fact, it would hamper your game. So I'm trying to reduce my intake of marijuana from here on out.  In...https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/you-will-lose-if-you-smoke-up-periodThu, 31 Mar 2016 23:30:53 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/you-will-lose-if-you-smoke-up-periodHow to play against the closed Ruy Lopez?Here are some games with annotations on the closed Ruy Lopez. Since White is playing passively, black should jump on the opportuinity.  https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/how-to-play-against-the-closed-ruy-lopezWed, 30 Mar 2016 07:45:21 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/how-to-play-against-the-closed-ruy-lopezLosing games on a bad internet connectionThese are some of the games I lost when it suddenly got disconnected because of bad internet.  In most of these games, I was in a winning position. https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/losing-games-on-a-bad-internet-connectionWed, 30 Mar 2016 01:43:21 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/losing-games-on-a-bad-internet-connectionThe Two Knights Defense ~ A Thorough Analysis ~This is a thorough analysis of the Two Knight's Defense. It arises from the Italian Game. Links to Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Two_Knights_Defense,_Max_Lange_Attack https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_Game The Bishop's Opening...https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-two-knights-defense--a-thorough-analysisTue, 29 Mar 2016 07:59:02 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-two-knights-defense--a-thorough-analysisThe SicilianHere is a couple of games that I played in the Sicilian. 1.e4 c5 This is a Sicilian Scheveningen game which starts. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6. f4   Here is some info on the Sicilian Scheveningen, courtesy of wikiped...https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-sicilian-games-of-mineTue, 29 Mar 2016 04:22:10 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/the-sicilian-games-of-mineChess ~The Journey so far~I never took up chess seriously till I reached the second year of my undergrad Architecture studies. I was taught the rules of the game by my mum when we got a free chessboard with a Milo Milk packet.  This was when I was around 8 years old (not...https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/chess-the-journey-so-farSun, 27 Mar 2016 05:00:22 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/chess-the-journey-so-farA blunderless game #1 (analysed by komodo) Although there were better moves, I had to much other work to do to go in depth in the game. If you guys have time, please do analyze my game and update on the comments. Cheers :) https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/a-blunderless-game-1-analysed-by-komodoWed, 17 Feb 2016 23:38:34 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/a-blunderless-game-1-analysed-by-komodoIt's been a while! Return blog game #1 It's been a while guys. I will be starting the #21earlydays routine from tomorrow and this will be a daily blog thing for 21 days. Let's hope it goes well. Got my thesis review coming up, so preparing for that. And there's going to be an inter S...https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/its-been-a-while-return-blog-game-1Wed, 17 Feb 2016 04:46:34 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/its-been-a-while-return-blog-game-1All India Fide Rated Rapid Chess Tournament BangaloreThis was a Rapid Tournament that was conducted in Bangalore, India by karchess.com. It was fun playing in this event and I scored 6/9. From winning losing positions to losing winning positions, it was definitely a whirlpool of a tournament for m...https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/all-india-fide-rated-rapid-chess-tournament-bangaloreThu, 24 Dec 2015 23:09:51 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/all-india-fide-rated-rapid-chess-tournament-bangaloreTake it slow when you are winning!This was a game I lost when I was in a winning position. I remember I drew a tournament game when I was in a completely winning position. The reason I lost and drew those games were because I got overconfident and wanted to get the game over with...https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/take-it-slow-when-you-are-winningMon, 11 May 2015 07:59:36 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/take-it-slow-when-you-are-winningWhat is the actual rating of a National Master?Sup guys, Today I played a 10 min blitz game with NM Schwazpoff or something like that on chesser.com. I got a better position from the opening and I was winning towards the end but drew because of low time. Here's the game. have fun :D https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/what-is-the-actual-rating-of-a-national-masterThu, 07 May 2015 23:19:23 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/what-is-the-actual-rating-of-a-national-masterFinally 1700+ in Blitz after over three yearsHey guys, It has been three years since I started taking chess a little more seriously, and I've improved by leaps and bounds. I wasn't really good at anything since school and I used to call myself average. I have never concentrated on any singl...https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/finally-1700-in-blitz-after-over-three-yearsSun, 03 May 2015 00:26:31 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/cobipal/finally-1700-in-blitz-after-over-three-years