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    • Happy New Year

      Happy New Year, everyone!  I was planning on writing a longer 2011 recap, but I'm going to the Minnesota Wild (NHL hockey) game tonight, so I'll limit myself. Some significant events for me in 2011 (most chess-related): Quit law school in Janua... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Dec 31, 2011
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    • Michigan Chess Festival

      Hey all.  October was an incredibly busy month for me - tournaments in D.C., Texas, and Michigan, plus teaching, writing, and other obligations.  I wrote about the Continental Class Championship and SPICE Cup in this post.  Rounding out my mon... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Nov 5, 2011
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    • NCO, Continental Class, SPICE Cup

      North Carolina Open - Sep. 3-5 Originally I had no intentions to play this tournament - it wasn't even on my radar.  Many state championships are held over Labor Day weekend, and the New York Championship in Albany seemed like a very logical ch... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Oct 22, 2011
      • | 2562 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Manhattan Open: Part II

      In my last entry I posted my games from the Manhattan Open (Aug. 17-21) with a few quick remarks.  I'm not going to analyze these games here, but I did want to discuss my preparation and thoughts about the event.  Warnings: lots of introspecti... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Sep 9, 2011
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    • Manhattan Open: Part I

      After a lackluster US Open, I really wanted to give the Manhattan Open (Aug. 17-21) my best effort.  My goal was simple: play fighting, uncompromising chess!  I wanted to obtain interesting positions against amateurs and GMs alike.  I wanted to... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Aug 23, 2011
      • | 3266 views
      • | 7 comments
    • US Open

      Hey all - just got back from the US Open in Orlando and wanted to give you a quick recap of my performance. I decided to play this tourney very last-minute, so I chose the 4-day option.  This resulted in a strange schedule: 3 games of G/60 on bo... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Aug 8, 2011
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    • King Hunt + Life Update

      Hey all - I haven't played OTB since Philly, but I think an update is definitely in order. The following was an exciting game I played with algerianbishop here on chess.com.  The rate of play was 3 days for 1 move.  The game itself was rather s... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | May 22, 2011
      • | 3441 views
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    • Philadelphia Open

      Three days after Okoboji, I flew to Philadelphia, PA for the 5th annual Philadelphia Open.  It was snowing when I left Minnesota on April 20, but Philly proved to be nice and balmy (one day it even reached 80+ degrees!).  I had a good experience... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Apr 28, 2011
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    • Okoboji Open

      This past weekend I played in the Okoboji Open in Okoboji, IA.  The Okoboji Open is a great event that has been running for five years thanks to the efforts of Jodene Kruse and Hank Anzis.  This year's tournament attracted 26 players in the Ope... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Apr 18, 2011
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    • Converting Small Advantages

      I became enamored with Vladimir Kramnik's games shortly after I graduated high school.   In 2005, the 14th World Champion was nearing the tail end of a significant rating decline.  Still, he seemed capable of producing masterpieces whenever he ... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Apr 6, 2011
      • | 3897 views
      • | 13 comments