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    • Round three of the North Carolina Open

      Round three will go down as one of the true heartbreakers of my chess career. I played a solid master and got an excellent game once against with the black pieces. I took the initiative with a pawn thrust on the kingside that lead to an exchange o... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Aug 27, 2016
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    • Round two of the North Carolina Open

      My second round opponent was someone I've had little success in the past. I lost my previous two meetings against him. But this is a new day and today is chance for a new result. It was kind of important to me to put a good win up on the board sin... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Aug 27, 2016
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    • Round one North Carolina Open

      For several years now Walter High has taken on the responsibility of piecing together North Carolina's premier chess event in the Greensboro Internationl Chess Festival. This year is the first that he is organizing the event by himself as his part... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Aug 26, 2016
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    • Pushing Through Part III

      With the exception of a six month stretch in 2011 I had been solidly in the A class since 2008. So finally getting into the expert class was such a huge relief for me. The USCF rating estimator had me at 2025 after round four and the lowest I coul... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Jun 10, 2016
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    • Pushing Through Part II

      I was lucky on Saturday but didn't yet know it. (Fritz 14 humbled me quite greatly with regards to the first game.) I knew I had yet another opportunity to make this a big tournament. I had teased big performances before going 3+0=0- on Saturday o... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Jun 8, 2016
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    • Pushing Through Part I

      This past weekend the Charlotte Chess Center and the Carolinas Chess Initiative teamed up to bring Charlotte a healthy dose of a big tournament experience with first annual Carolinas Classic which was held at the University Hilton. The tournament... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Jun 6, 2016
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    • Land of the Sky XXIX Round 3

      OK..... So the record is going to show that I scored two points in the two games I played today and will enter Sunday with 2.5 points. However, if there were any justice in the world, I would only be awarded .7 of a point for this win. Having said... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Jan 30, 2016
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    • Land of the Sky XXIX Round 2

      I took a bye in round one of Land of the Sky after over sleeping a bit this morning and missing registration. (I was planning on only playing four games anyway and taking a bye in round three, but... oh well.) I'm not going to provide too much com... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Jan 30, 2016
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    • Underpromotion for mate / How I became Coach Pig

      When I told one of my students recently that I won a game using an underpromotion for checkmate he wanted me to show him the game. Unfortunately I lost many of my game scores while moving from Raleigh to Cary in 2007 so I could not find this game.... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Aug 22, 2015
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    • Rd. 1 - 2nd Annual FM Ron Simpson Memorial

      Tonight started a bittersweet weekend as we remember our fallen friend FIDE Master Ron Simpson in a tournament named in his honor. Ron has been deeply missed in our community as he was a positive influence on everyone he met on the chess circuit. ... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Mar 27, 2015
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