erik's Blog

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


    • 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
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    • A Satisfying Queen Sacrifice in 17 Move Game

      I played a fun miniature game today with a queen sac and a funny mate. Game and comments below: Thanks for reading! Comments welcomed... | Read More

      • erik
      • | Dec 1, 2008
      • | 5617 views
      • | 34 comments