Category Archives: Chess

1600!

Well, it took a lot longer than it did to get to 1500, but I finally broke 1600!  I can’t believe it only took two months to go up 400 points, and then I spent the next five months in … Continue reading

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Chess Piece Journeys

Steve Tung has taken data from over two million chess games to create visualizations of each pieces movement.  The results are really gorgeous!  It’s fascinating to see which moves and sequences are most common, although I confess nothing really leapt out … Continue reading

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1500 and Chess Update

Well, it’s been about two months since I first began my project of getting back into chess, and so far, things are going well.  My score has increased by about 400, form 1101 to 1502.  Out of the 23 standard … Continue reading

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The Orangutan Opening

I just came across the most interesting history behind a chess opening I’ve ever read.  From Game of Kings: A Year Among the Oddballs and Geniuses Who Make up America’s Top High School Chess Team: This name, the Orangutan, traces its … Continue reading

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Queen Sacrifice and Victory

What a game!  I just won a fierce game that hinged on a queen sacrifice.  I definitely must be improving.  I doubt I would have seen something like this before, nor attempting something so audacious!  I can’t want to analyze … Continue reading

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1400!

Well, I think my studies are paying off.  I just broke 1400 at chess.com, thanks to my highest rated win against someone rated 1496.  I admit, it was a bit bathetic, if that’s a word, to win by resignation on move … Continue reading

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My New Chess Set from China

I finally got around to unboxing my new chess pieces!  I was waiting to settle down in my new place before getting them all set up, since I don’t have the room to have it set up in my current apartment, … Continue reading

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