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Slow Blogging Again

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

I’m ramping up to my second regular time control tournament this upcoming Saturday, so I’m now going into tournament prep mode. The next couple of nights I will be doing some last study on areas of improvement, followed by a no-chess night on Friday – if I follow my plan, of course! Which pretty much means no blogging before a quick post-tournament post on Saturday.

Wish me luck!

As to tonight, I did stop by Colley’s. Weather was just too bad for me last night (hence the video blogpost.) Managed to lose three games, a G/5 blitz, a G/20 regular, and a “wild” variant against a very young player where I had nothing but pawns against a full array. (Which was good training drill for me on pawn structures and management…) I then ‘lost’ a race to set up the array.

For those new to chess, or parents out there, the “array” is the starting position of all pieces. It can be a fun drill to see how fast one can correctly set up the array with the pieces scattered. Not to mention a really good drill for if you ever have to set up ten or more boards as part of a scholastic. Every round during the last tournament I did inspect every board on conclusion of the round, and consistently found 1-3 boards with King-Queen reversed on one side Remember that the light square should be to each player’s right, and the Queens take their own color:

The Array In All Its Glory!

The Array In All Its Glory!

After that, Chris Morgan and I worked on the TLA and some details for the upcoming Tri-Cities Chess Club quarterly tournament we’re going to TD together. (April 10! Not in my upcoming tournaments reveiw, which I’ve been lousy at maintaining, but it is coming…. Posts to ICA and Chess Life Online TLA coming soon, and mark your calendars now!)

Rest ‘em Up Day

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Hope everyone had a good MLK day, and that you were able to enjoy your chess!

I did by floor directing a couple of sections at our annual scholastic tournament. It was very enjoyable – especially as I was charged with the Junior High section, which is generally regarded as the easiest to direct. (And a Thanks “shout out” to Garrett Scott, Chris Merli, Jeff Smith, the Computer Room staff, the scorers and floor assistants, everyone else I missed, and our players!) When I get a chance, I may blog just a little about the whole thing as well as the kinds of rulings I was asked to make.

But I’ve got some plans for today, a rest day I have off. Not to mention a reload, as this next Saturday I am TDing at another scholastic. If I do get time to do things chesswise over my day off it will probably be setting up and recording another video of one of my games.

I am also really glad that I took today off as paid time off from work in addition to yesterday. :D At the Twin Cities Club last night at Colley’s, I don’t think any of us who were both there and at the tournament had a lot of energy for playing.

Then again, Tuesday night at Colley’s. More playing opportunity! :D Today will still be a day to enjoy my chess. Hope that you also

Enjoy your Chess!

Live From Colley’s – NOT On Tape!

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Well, the best laid plans of mice and men…

Garrett Scott passed the word that setup for the MLK tournament would be this afternoon. Plus with getting my laptop up and running I don’t have the free cash to enter the Decatur tournament. Plus I don’t have the gas money to get to Decatur and back (though Colley would have happily carpooled…)

1+1+1=Darren didn’t go to Decatur as planned, but decided to open up at Colley’s for the morning, anyway. I was a little late getting here, but here I am. And bonus: I’m listening to music, and after I post this I will be doing some more analysis on my games from my first tournament. So, whether anybody stops by this morning or not, I’m able to enjoy my chess! I hope this Saturday finds you able to

Enjoy your Chess!