Category: Chess

Quick Blitz Analysis – 5/20/20

This week I have an interesting positional exchange sacrifice to share with you guys. Sometimes you make sacrifices and the compensation is not immediately obvious. It’s entirely possible that the sacrifice I made during this game is not objectively correct, but it led to a position where my Bishop became more valuable than his rook. Let’s have a look:  … Read more →

Quick Blitz Analysis – 5/2/20

This week I have a fun little game to share, as well as a new segment I’m calling “The Wall of Shame”. This new segment is in response to the the rampant cheating that occurs in online chess, specifically on chess.com. I’ve decided as a way of shaming these idiots, that I would post their names with some minimal commentary… Read more →

Quick Blitz Analysis – 4/13/20

As I mentioned in my last post, my play hasn’t been great lately. I’ve been playing in those arena tournaments on chess.com where inevitably i lose to someone much lower rated and finish just out of the top three. This game I chose because it’s a good example of the old adage, “In opposite colored bishop endings, the side that… Read more →

Quick Blitz Analysis – 3/29/20

I recently got up to a record high rating for me on chess.com, 2214. Of course yesterday I spent like 4 hours playing and had a precipitous 100 point fall. Such is chess I suppose. My play yesterday didn’t feel that bad, it felt various things just weren’t going right in each individual game. In some games I wasn’t managing… Read more →

Quick Blitz Analysis – 3/7/20

I don’t have a long game to show you this week, I wanted to share a fun little opening trap that catches players off guard. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve caught someone with this trap and it’s not something that they usually expect. What I like about this trap is how natural looking the moves are.… Read more →

Quick Blitz Analysis – 2/7/20

Sometimes in online chess, you get trapped into playing mini-matches against a player. Either they’ll offer you a rematch or you’ll offer them one. A few nights ago I had such a mini match against a player on chess.com. I went like 1-3, and as soon as I won he declined my rematch. In this game I completely dominated him… Read more →

Quick Blitz Analysis – 1/29/20

Hello everyone, as part of my attempting to improve my chess and eventually get back into the tournament scene I’ve decided to attempt to analyze one game a week. I realize that most blitz games don’t have a lot of value as neither player are necessarily looking for the “best moves”. That said, I’ve attempted to find a solid game… Read more →

Chess.com 2019 Report

I recently received my “2019 Report” from chess.com. I wasn’t aware that this was a service they offered but I enjoyed their report and their suggestions. In this new era of “big data” chess.com is collecting millions of games a day (if not more) so it makes sense that they would have suggestions for improvement. It should be noted that… Read more →

Chess Challenge Day 2

I played for two hours today, I still haven’t really decided how long I’m going to play for online so again, if anybody has any suggestions please let me know. I started off playing rather poorly, but managed to regain some dignity towards the middle of the stream. I still managed to finish with 11 wins, 2 draws and 9… Read more →