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is chess in the Olympics

  There is currently no chess in the Olympiad. The Chess Olympiad is a chess competition officially organized by FIDE since 1927 and takes place in even-numbered years. Before World War II the event was occasionally held every year. There was also an unofficial Chess Olympiad series that ended in 1976. Although chess is covered in the sports sections of many newspapers around the world, it is not one of the recognized sports in the Olympic Games. However, FIDE is now a member of the International Olympic Committee and follows its rules. This means that chess could one day become an Olympic event, although most knowledgeable observers say this is unlikely. The World Chess Championship is a competition held annually by the international chess organization FIDE to determine the World Champion of chess. Both men and women are eligible to participate in this championship. The World Champion does not have to be the player with the highest Elo rating: the 2006-2007 World Champion, Vladimir Kr

Blitz Battle #1: What Would Have Been Better?

Final position, 1-0

This was one of the earlier blitz games that I had online and based on what I have seen and analyzed from the game, I was somewhat rattled throughout the game and I couldn't think straight. The moves that I made were incoherent and had no purpose whatsoever, it was like I had just played whatever came to mind without having a solid plan backing it up. More than that, I wasn't following the basic guidelines of chess that one should keep in mind so that their play would be reasonable, logical, and stable. Let's leave the deeper ideas that go beyond a few opening moves to the masters, beginners don't need to know all that in lower levels although it could be a good advantage but somebody who is playing a solid game wouldn't easily stumble. So, here is the analysis:

The key here is hindsight. We learn from our mistakes, we learn what not to do and what we can do better next time. Here, I've seen how I've played shaky or dubious moves, not necessarily following any logical reasoning and I've been improving on that since the time I played this game five years ago. I've gotten better in getting playable positions from the opening and my next goal is to improve on developing a plan in the middle game and of course, mastering certain end game positions. That said, I still have a long way to go.


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