Fins0905's Blog


    • MN Blitz Championship

      On Sunday, June 23, I competed in the Minnesota Blitz Championship in St. Paul, MN. This was the second year I played this 18 game (9 double rounds) event, having won it last year with a score of 16.5/18. This year's tournament was somewhat weak... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Jun 29, 2013
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    • Recurring Themes

      Recently I have been fascinated by the concept of patterns in chess. At his core, a good chess player is essentially a super-efficient pattern recognition machine. He can cast his gaze upon an unknown position, identify the salient features, recal... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | May 31, 2013
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    • Okoboji Open

      Greetings! Spring is now upon is, and woodpushers everywhere are gearing up for the slew of summer tournaments that make the warmest months the best time to get back to the board. Due to work commitments I probably won't be playing as actively as ... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Apr 29, 2013
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    • Blunder!

      "The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made." - Savielly Tartakower I recently played a rather captivating game. It was an engaging theoretical battle that featured unusual tactics, a fine king hunt, measured attacks, and inspir... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Mar 31, 2013
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    • Reykjavik Open

      Greetings from Iceland! I'm back in this lovely country as a participant in the Reykjavik Open, which has just concluded. I'm staying on a few more days as well to participate in the Icelandic Team Championship (for Godinn-Matar). The ... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Feb 28, 2013
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    • The Carlsen Question

      The February 2013 FIDE rating list is out, and Magnus Carlsen - the "Mozart of Chess" - once again reigns supreme among the world elite with an otherwordly, record-smashing (his own!) ELO of 2872: Carlsen is so dominant that he could hand the ... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Jan 31, 2013
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    • London Chess Classic

      Happy New Year to all! The London Eye I was in London, England for the London Chess Classic, Dec. 1-10. This will go down in history as the event where Magnus Carlsen became the highest rated player of all time at 2861 FIDE, eclipsing Garry K... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Dec 31, 2012
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    • World Youth Championship

      (WARNING: Lots of pictures ahead!) From Nov. 6-19 I was in Maribor, Slovenia for the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship (WYCC). The World Youth is an annual 11-round event with multiple age categories: U-8, U-10, U-12, U-16, and U-18, with bot... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Nov 23, 2012
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    • SPICE Cup Open

      I had a frightfully poor tournament at the SPICE Cup Open held in St. Louis, MO, October 16-21. I dropped 25 USCF points and about 20 FIDE points in a tough field (12 GMs, 12 IMs out of 42-players); easily my worst tournament in many, many years.... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Oct 31, 2012
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    • Noel Skelton Open

      Earlier this month I played in the Noel Skelton Open (Sep. 1-2) in Plymouth, MN. This is a new tournament sponsored by the tournament's namesake: Mr. Noel Skelton. Noel is a USCF expert and businessman who wanted to do something unique to support... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Sep 24, 2012
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