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 Thinking Not Required.https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/thinking-not-requiredTue, 09 Feb 2016 18:59:42 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/thinking-not-requiredAnother French Defense LossThe only reply to the French Defense that I have a problem with is 3. Nd2. After this game, no more though. I wasn't doing terrible out of the opening but I just started an attack way (way, way, way, way) too soon and did not fully appreciate his ...https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/another-french-defense-lossTue, 26 Jan 2016 22:52:25 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/another-french-defense-lossA Little Deja VuIf you looked at my game from last week, the opening will look very similar.    https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/a-little-deja-vuTue, 19 Jan 2016 21:49:33 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/a-little-deja-vuThe Final GameIn the 5 years I have been playing tournament chess I have never been the last game to be finished. That ended tonight as this game went down to the final seconds. On my 40th move I only had 45 seconds left while my opponent had a little over 2 mi...https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/the-final-gameWed, 13 Jan 2016 00:33:48 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/the-final-gameTactics, Strategy, Endgames, and then PracticeI have started a new study regimen which includes playing through lots of master games and the following books: Chess Tactics for Students by John Bain The Amateur's Mind by IM Silman Silman's Complete Endgame Course by IM Silman Chess by Laszl...https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/tactics-strategy-endgames-and-then-practiceSat, 09 Jan 2016 23:06:55 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/tactics-strategy-endgames-and-then-practiceKing Marching.https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/king-marchingTue, 05 Jan 2016 23:14:55 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/king-marchingWeak Squares and Even Weaker Calculation    https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/weak-squares-and-even-weaker-calculationWed, 16 Dec 2015 05:36:35 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/weak-squares-and-even-weaker-calculationIt is not often I get to play titled players.Last night I decided to play on ICC using the mobile app and staged up until 330am before I decided to play one final game. I clicked on the 15 minute pool and my game started and I saw I was paired with an IM. What a great way to end my night I t...https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/it-is-not-often-i-get-to-play-titled-playersThu, 10 Dec 2015 01:15:18 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/it-is-not-often-i-get-to-play-titled-playersMaking The French Defense Exciting!Tonight I went by the Charlotte Chess Center and there was an even lighter turnout than last Tuesday. This does not surprise me with the holiday season already upon us. I played my normal warm-up blitz games. I even played some games without a clo...https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/making-the-french-defense-excitingTue, 08 Dec 2015 21:44:56 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/making-the-french-defense-excitingWinning is not Always Pretty.So another Tuesday night has come and gone. This time I ventured out to the Charlotte Chess Center to see what the chess players were up to. It turns out the majority of them must have had other plans because it was a pretty light turnout. However...https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/winning-is-not-always-prettyTue, 01 Dec 2015 22:20:10 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/winning-is-not-always-prettyChess Rating vs. Chess PlayingNo tactics training, no chess playing, no chess studying... What does that equate to? Losing in 26 moves, not managing my time correctly, missing tactics, losing rating points. In this game I had the white pieces and it is games like these that m...https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/chess-rating-vs-chess-playingWed, 11 Nov 2015 06:28:16 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/chess-rating-vs-chess-playingThe Ruy Lopezhttps://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/the-ruy-lopezSat, 17 Oct 2015 05:10:35 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/the-ruy-lopezTuesday Night Action 16! Round 5 (Annotated)https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/tuesday-night-action-16-round-5-annotatedTue, 06 Oct 2015 20:56:19 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/tuesday-night-action-16-round-5-annotatedI Played Terrible in the Openinghttps://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/i-played-terrible-in-the-openingMon, 05 Oct 2015 11:10:52 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/i-played-terrible-in-the-openingFrench Defense: Advance Variationhttps://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/french-defense-advance-variationSat, 19 Sep 2015 19:42:58 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/french-defense-advance-variationTuesday Night Action 16! Round 2I played this game on 9/15/2015. I had been studying chess in random spurts and trying to learn too much too fast again. My mind was trying to process all this new information with the old information. I also had a terrible headache that crept up ...https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/tuesday-night-action-16-round-2Thu, 17 Sep 2015 20:47:35 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/tuesday-night-action-16-round-2Tuesday Night Action 15! Round 5 (9/1/15)Tonight I played at the local club in Charlotte, NC. I have not played rated chess, nor have I really studied, since July 7 this year after my short return earlier this year.  I had the black pieces against an opponent I had faced only once befo...https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/tuesday-night-action-15-round-5-9115Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:48:31 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/tuesday-night-action-15-round-5-9115Round 2 of Tuesday Night Action 14!I did not feel great about playing tonight. I had finished the last Tuesday Night tournament with a score of 5-0-0 plus a win in an extra game thus having a 6 game winning streak. Since then I had done very little to study more chess due to moving...https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/round-2-of-tuesday-night-action-14Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:16:12 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/round-2-of-tuesday-night-action-14Round 5 of CCCSA Tuesday Night Action 13!Going into this round I was clear first with a 4-0-0 plus I won a side game so I have 5 wins coming into tonight. I was wanting to play a good game of chess. Turns out I won and finished with a score of 5-0-0 with a side game win for a score of 6-...https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/round-5-of-cccsa-tuesday-night-action-13Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:00:07 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/round-5-of-cccsa-tuesday-night-action-13Round 4 of the CCCSA Tuesday Night Action 13!https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/round-4-of-the-cccsa-tuesday-night-action-13Tue, 16 Jun 2015 22:37:46 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/dblackw2/round-4-of-the-cccsa-tuesday-night-action-13