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    • Reykjavik Open

      From March 6-13 I played in a very enjoyable event: the Reykjavik Open, held in the chess-crazy country of Iceland. The Reykjavik Open is a strong international tournament that has built an outstanding reputation over the years. Icelanders are k... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Mar 31, 2012
      • | 3792 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Minnesota Open

      Last week I took a trip back home to play in the 119th Minnesota Open (Feb. 17-19). This is a tournament I've grown up on (my first Open was in 2000 at age 13), and it's always a real pleasure to play. People come and go in the chess world, but he... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Feb 24, 2012
      • | 5681 views
      • | 15 comments
    • 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
      • | 3391 views
      • | 18 comments
    • 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
      • | 4580 views
      • | 5 comments
    • 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
      • | 2911 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
      • | 4038 views
      • | 5 comments
    • 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
      • | 3396 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
      • | 5276 views
      • | 11 comments
    • 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
      • | 3572 views
      • | 13 comments
    • 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
      • | 2941 views
      • | 6 comments