Repertoire
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Building a Chess Repertoire

It is often written that having a good repertoire is essential to be successful at chess, but what is a repertoire? Put simply a repertoire is a collection of openings & defences that a player […]

Sicilian_Najdorf_6.Be3
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Sicilian Najdorf 6.Be3

As I sat looking at a game of mine this morning I found myself with yet another White side to the Sicilian Najdorf. The Najdorf starts with 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 […]

Left Hand Doesn;t Know What the Right Hand Is Doing
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Left Hand Right Hand

I have been writing down my thoughts in this new blog and hope it is doing some good. I am mindful that my main objective in playing chess is to improve my game, enjoy the […]

Statistics
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Final Look at My Stats

A final look at the stats I have been putting into the excellent Google Sheets, I am much more adept with Microsoft Excel but needs must and I can not justify the expense of MS […]

Statistics
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Rating Ups & Downs

Continuing the recent thread looking at my previous performance I have now looked at how my rating (grade) has changed on an annual basis. Interestingly my best year was way back in 2002 after which […]

Statistics
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Games on the Go

In my last post I took a slightly deeper look at my past performance than perhaps I have done before. In the next 2 or 3 posts I will cover a little more of my […]

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Charting My Progress

I have probably played near to 1,000 games of correspondence chess and at least a similar amount over the board and online. The ICCF rating database has my game total as 669 but it is […]

Repertoire
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Chess Repertoire

Looking ahead to my next tournament I am reviewing my repertoire of openings and defences. A repertoire is your choice of how to open a game, how to respond to your opponents initial moves and […]

Long Road to Nowhere
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My SMART Plan

After days of deliberation and thought I have come up with a plan to reach that goal of the CC-IM title, of course not all plans succeed but time will tell if I can achieve […]

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New Tournament Starting

How time flies! This morning I received my new pairings for the Veterans World Cup 10 tournament. I entered this because I played in the VWC 9 and found it a good event and the […]