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 2015 Thanksgiving Open - Final Report NICK KARLOW I won my last round against National Master Nick Karlow.  The game started slowly, with nothing traded until after move 20, then fireworks ensued, and I was able to weave my way through the complications to victory! The ratings held...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2015-thanksgiving-open---final-reportSun, 29 Nov 2015 18:18:20 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2015-thanksgiving-open---final-report2015 Thanksgiving Open - Part 4Another draw, this time with GM Ashwin Jayaram.  The game was quite staid with lots of trades. The best way to try for an advantage was to play 7.Ne2 with the idea of 8.0-0-0.  I must admit, I didn't think of that. I need to win the last round ...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2015-thanksgiving-open---part-4Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:38:03 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2015-thanksgiving-open---part-42015 Thanksgiving Open - Part 3I drew quickly in round 4 against a 2295 from Germany.  I was slightly worse in a King's Indian.  I am hoping to get 3 wins and 3 draws and tie for 3rd or so.  Playing is tough, but drawing quickly is okay.  I will need to score 1.5 out of my ...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2015-thanksgiving-open---part-3Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:34:37 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2015-thanksgiving-open---part-32015 Thanksgiving Open - Part 2 MATT LARSON I was able to win my third round game agaist Matthew Larson.  I offered a draw early, and was thinking I could watch the 2nd half of Michigan-Ohio State.  Matthew declined, which was lucky for me on both fronts, since I won, and Mic...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2015-thanksgiving-open---part-2Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:26:32 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2015-thanksgiving-open---part-22015 Thanksgiving Open I am playing in the 2015 Thanksgiving Open at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.  There are 95 players overall, in two sections, Open and U2000. The highest rated players are: GM Shimanov, GM Jayaram, GM Finegold, IM Priyadhar...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2015-thanksgiving-openFri, 27 Nov 2015 18:39:37 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2015-thanksgiving-openOff to Charlotte, NC Hi everyone.  I'm going to be working in Charlotte, NC once again from January 18-May 18, 2016 (or so). I will be working at the Charlotte Chess Center teaching classes Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday.     I will be available for private less...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/off-to-charlotte-ncWed, 25 Nov 2015 23:09:54 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/off-to-charlotte-ncNew blog - http://gmfinegold.wordpress.com/Hi all, I am moving my blog to http://gmfinegold.wordpress.com/ Come there and follow all things chess! Ben https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/new-blog---httpgmfinegoldwordpresscomMon, 03 Nov 2014 22:38:56 -0800https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/new-blog---httpgmfinegoldwordpresscomArch Bishops Play LA Vibe Tonight!Hi everyone, Tonight we play the LA Vibe.  We are huge favorites on boards 1-2 and about even on board 3, and big underdogs on the last board. Most likely, we will win 2.5-1.5. The Vibe can no longer make the playoffs, and our team is hampered ...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/arch-bishops-play-la-vibe-tonightTue, 21 Oct 2014 11:52:12 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/arch-bishops-play-la-vibe-tonightArch Bishops win 3-1The Saint Louis Arch Bishops won 3-1 against the Atlanta Kings with all games being decisive. Wesley So was the first to finish, winning a very nice game against GM Alonzo Zapata. Afterwards, I told him it was his most important victory ever! Â...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/arch-bishops-win-3-1Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:25:17 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/arch-bishops-win-3-1USCL TONIGHT!The Saint Louis Arch Bishops play the Atlanta Kings tonight at 8PM ET.  Here are the matchups. Hopefully my pic will scare my opponent some?  :)    St. Louis Arch Bishops (4.5 - 2.5) vs Atlanta Kings (3.5 - 3.5)  All Time Series Record: (T...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/uscl-tonightWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:37:47 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/uscl-tonightArch Bishops - USCLHi everyone, Since I got rid of my other blog on the internets, I will start to blog here regularly. I will be playing in the US Chess League this week.  We had a disappointing result last week, beating the worst team by only a score of 3-1.  ...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/arch-bishops---usclMon, 13 Oct 2014 12:42:08 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/arch-bishops---usclRIP - Ronald Finegold - 1937-2014My dad passed away this morning after a long illness:RIP - Ronald Finegold, April 5, 1937 - July 15, 2014. He was 77. He played Bobby Fischer in 1963. He and my mom celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 3, 2014. His last USCF rated game...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/rip---ronald-finegold---1937-2014Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:59:59 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/rip---ronald-finegold---1937-20142600I won a game today in the Ladder Day Saturday at the CCSCSL, so, I am once again 2600!  MUCH better than that silly 2599... yuck! I am on a roll, winning 22 consecutive slow rated games.  I need to find more players Under 1600, maybe Under 1500...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2600Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:22:56 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/26002599Recently, my USCF rating rose to 2599 (arrgh!) as I have won 21 consecutive USCF rated games.  I have not been 2600 in over 2 years, and, with the 2014 Bill Wright Saint Louis Open coming up next weekend, I may be 2600 very soon, or possibly neve...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2599Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:05:45 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2599March KnightsThe Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) has a month long tournament every month, with one round per week Monday night at 7PM. This month, March, has a great tourney, with almost 20 participants, and an unusual 5 rounds (!) as...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/march-knightsTue, 25 Mar 2014 01:07:36 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/march-knights2014 Mid-America OpenThe 2014 Mid-America Open was held in Clayton, MO from March 14-16, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  There was a record turnout of about 260 players in seven sections. Click here to see the USCF rating report. I tied for first with 4-1, with GMs...https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2014-mid-america-openSun, 16 Mar 2014 19:27:51 -0700https://www.chess.com/blog/gmfinegold/2014-mid-america-open