GM Bryan Smith (left) and FM Ben Dean-Kawamura playing in the Final round of the 2016 Marchand.

FM Ben Dean-Kawamura Annotates!

Greetings everyone, today we have a special treat. FM Ben Dean-Kawamura has once again annotated a critical victory of his. This time over GM Bryan Smith. You may remember Ben from his annotations from the 2014 Marchand. In 2014, he defeated GM Kekelidze in a wild game. But that’s not all! Ben created a python script which changes changes chess annotation into beautiful… Read more →

Recap of the 38th Marchand Open

I read a lot of articles that tell the reader to try and take “lessons” away from tournaments. For me the lessons sometimes come long after I’ve finished a tournament. Sometimes the lessons can be quite painful. There are times when I struggle to take a lesson away from a particular game or event. In the Marchand this year, I learned a… Read more →

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State of the Zugzwang

Hey everyone, wanted to do a quick update so y’all don’t think I’ve forgotten about you, or this blog. I still plan on doing updates on a somewhat regular schedule (one update every one or two weeks). I still have some GM Spotlights to finish up, I’m aware, I’ve fallen way behind. For that I apologize. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ To use a… Read more →

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2015 Chess World Cup (Round 4)

Apologies for the delay everyone; I was traveling yesterday. There were some exciting results yesterday. In one of the worst displays of sportsmanship I’ve seen in top-level chess in a long time, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi appealed his loss against Hikaru Nakamura after claiming that Nakamura castled with two hands. To his credit, Nakamura did use two hands to castle, but… Read more →