Category Archives: chess tournament

An experiment in imbalances


Ordinarily, when I play chess, I favor relatively balanced positions, in which the result of the game is more likely to hinge on positional ideas, rather than tactics. Hence, I do not sacrifice material often, unless I have calculated that … Continue reading

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My most stressful game


This past weekend, I went to Burlington to play in the Vermont Open. I had a fairly good result, scoring 2 wins, 2 draws, and 1 loss. My most interesting, and also my most stressful, game was the one from … Continue reading

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I shall have to be contented with a tulip or lily


I came to the Labor Day tournament this year full of high expectation. I’d just done a large overhaul of my openings and was feeling quite well-prepared. In my first game, I faced Philipp Perepelitsky, whom I had known since … Continue reading

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An appealing outpost


This past weekend, I played another tournament, the Berkeley Open. It was only four rounds, but I hadn’t played a tournament since February and was anxious to play again. I can’t complain much about my results or my play: I … Continue reading

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The masters are coming! The masters are coming!


Here are annotations from a recent game of mine against IM John Donaldson. Continue reading

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The most dangerous game


In my last post, I discussed my results from the first day of the New Year’s Open: I won both my games. I started off day 2 paired against Dana Mackenzie, a master whose rating is now down to expert … Continue reading

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A new opening for a new year


This past weekend, I played a chess tournament. I was brimming with confidence going into it: I needed 11 points to clinch the expert title, and my recent results in 15-minute games on the Internet Chess Club have been spectacular, … Continue reading

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