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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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    • What would you do? (Puzzle #2)

      This is a much higher quality puzzle than yesterday's. White was already winning but can finish off in style. | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Feb 21, 2015
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    • What would you do? (Puzzle)

      This position occured in a Triangle Chess League game tonight. What should black do? | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Feb 19, 2015
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    • Someone left the cake out in the rain

      What is the ultimate dream of any class level chess player? I think quite a few of us would agree that it would be to sac a queen to defeat a grandmaster. Of course we don't get many opportunities to play GMs and when we do, we usually get crushed... | Read More

      • PigJones
      • | Feb 16, 2015
      • | 1163 views
      • | 2 comments