With the my last OTB tournament of the year played, I thought it might be a good idea to take a look back at the year and see what lessons I can glean from my games.Continue reading “Year in Review – 2019”
Fighting back in difficult or potentially losing positions is a difficult thing to do, but being mentally resilient is something that you have to cultivate in order to be a tough opponent. It’ll win some games that you should have lost and allow you to draw still more. So with that in mind, I play on in positions like the one I got in this game. I almost pulled it off too…Continue reading “Fighting Back”
While I have generally felt well prepared against 1.e4, I have tried many different things against 1.d4 and always felt a bit unsatisfied. A short time ago Chessable released their Nimzo Indian/Ragozin repertoire and I bought it because it seemed to offer what I was looking for in an answer to 1.d4. I thought my second round game might be a good time to try out what I’d gotten through so far. I ended up deviating from the repertoire early in the opening, but still got a familiar position.Continue reading “Twitter Chess Tournament II – Round 2”
At the beginning of 2019, one of the chess enthusiasts I follow on Twitter took the initiative to start a tournament between the growing community of adult improvers. It was a success and a lot of fun so when the opportunity came up to play in Twitter Chess Tournament II, I couldn’t resist. The games are played on lichess with a time control of 30 min + 15 sec (though it is flexible to accommodate player’s schedules) and a rate of one round every two weeks so there is plenty of time to schedule your game.
Here’s my first round game which was a win after my opponent made a misstep in the opening which cost him a piece and then I was able to find a checkmate to bring the game to a close.Continue reading “Twitter Chess Tournament II – Round 1”
Despite trying to enforce a no blitz policy in favor of more study and longer games with analysis, I found myself participating in one of the Twitter chess community’s blitz tournaments this past weekend. I joined late because I was finishing some adult duties, but still managed to get in 5 games of 5 minute blitz. I briefly annotated them so enjoy…Continue reading “Twitter Blitz Tournament”
I was first introduced to the game of chess when I was 6 years old. I found a chess set at my grandmother’s house one summer and convinced my uncle to show me how to play. As I recall, I wasn’t very good. A few years went by and when I was about 15 years old I became obsessed with the game. It started out as wanting to be able to beat the other kids at school, but soon became more than that.Continue reading “Why Chess?”