erik's Blog

Wondering why I'm not better at chess.... :D


    • Chess.com Launches Open Source Browser Extension

      In addition to Chess.com’s other big announcements today (new site launched and bughouse), we are also launching our first beta version of the open source browser extension! The goal is to allow any developer to add new features and customiz... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Sep 8, 2016
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    • What Does the Chess.com CEO Do Each Day?

      5:15am - Alarm goes off. I pop out of bed. I never snooze. I'm almost always excited for the day! 5:16-5:40am - Emails, emails, emails. Slack, slack, slack. Many of our team members from around the world have already been at work for hours and I... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Aug 31, 2016
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    • Building Chess.com (Updated from 2007 Post!)

      Chess.com started as an idea in 2005. By early 2006 I had created a 107 page Microsoft Word document of wireframes and plans... and then handed them to Jay and said "Build this!". I've never shared those images before, but here you go - the earlie... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Aug 3, 2016
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    • The Chess.com Logo Story

      When I first started working on Chess.com (TEN YEARS AGO!!) I began with the logo. Some would say that is the least important decision to be made, but Chess.com was a totally blank page - an empty domain name that had landed in my lap (story ... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Jul 22, 2016
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    • Local Chess.com Meetup - Sunnyvale, CA - April 16th, 2011

      We had a fun Chess.com meetup (www.meetup.com/ChessCom) this last Saturday, April 16th, 2011.  We were at Santana Row. It was gorgeous (as always). It started off a little slow but picked up steam! Players in attendance that I know: Pau... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Apr 17, 2011
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    • Apology to my Opponents in National Open '09

      I just finished playing in the 2009 National Open yesterday. I went to the event to promote Chess.com and enjoy time with Jay (friend and Chess.com partner) and IM David Pruess (friend and Chess.com superstar) and I didn't expect to play.  I ... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Jun 9, 2009
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    • National Game/10 Championship: My Results for the in the Open Section!

      The National Championship Game/10 event of the National Open in Las Vegas just ended. It was an open - so everyone rated from 700 to 2700 were all playing in the same swiss pairing! It was crazy and fun - about 100 players in total. Read below for... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Jun 5, 2009
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    • Amazing Life-size Artistic Chess Set!

      One of my friends and a Chess.com member, Hardy Jones, has been working on a life-size chess set for the last two years! He's getting close to completing it and I wanted to share some awesome pictures of the set. Hardy is a local (and quite famo... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Mar 24, 2009
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    • My Cool New Chess T-Shirt & Pants (w/ pictures!)

      I'll be honest - I'm a pretty generic-dressing guy. I hate shopping, and I don't like spending crazy amounts on something that I am likely going to spill hot sauce on within a week. So my wardrobe mostly consists of white t-shirts from costco and ... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Mar 9, 2009
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    • Why I'll Never Find a Move Like This...

      I'll confess - I generally spend less than 30 seconds looking at any given move in any given game. But every once in a while a move will come up that is so critical and where I believe there should be a forcing win. And when that happens I can sta... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Jan 19, 2009
      • | 3037 views
      • | 11 comments