Goodbye?

Hi folks,

I’ve just about had enough of chess blogging. If this site disappears in a few days, you’ll know why.

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MCC Independence Day Swiss Round 1

Overall: A long (four hours+), hard-fought, enjoyable game. I had some inaccuracies in the opening that resulted in awkward positions, but I managed the middle-game maneuvering reasonably well. A mistake at the first time control left me down a pawn in a rook ending with pawns on both sides. I did a good job increasing my king and rook activity, though, and I think I had good drawing chances. But I didn’t leave myself enough time for calculation at the end.

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MCC Summer Solstice Round 4

Overall: A successful opening for me against the Two Knights Defense. After winning a pawn I forced an early transition to an endgame featuring a potential outside passed a-pawn for me, which eventually won the game.

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MCC Summer Solstice Round 3

Overall: Not aggressive enough early in the opening. Awkward piece placement coming out of the opening. I think I had the right idea to play more actively in the center in response to Black’s queen-side expansion, but I didn’t execute it very well. Then I suffered a hallucination, dropping a piece and the game. But hey, it’s been six months since my last tournament game.

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Back in the saddle … briefly

Tonight I played my first tournament game in exactly six months. I lost to a youngster rated almost 200 points higher. I let myself get steamrolled on the queen side.

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