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    • DJAbacus Study Plan 2014

      After a 2 month break earlier in the year and the new OTB season approaching I am really focussed on taking my game to the next level. Currently my ECF ratings is 99 (FIDE: 1423  USCF: 1536) so I am solid class 'C' player. My aim is to become a C... | Read More

      • DJAbacus
      • | Aug 31, 2014
      • | 445 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking

      One of the best things you can do to improve as a chess player is to look at Masters games. Reading through Masters games gives you a 'feel' for how Chess should be played.  The book 'Chess: The Art of Logical Thinking' by GM Neil McDonald conta... | Read More

      • DJAbacus
      • | Feb 10, 2014
      • | 895 views
      • | 11 comments
    • 1 e4 - An Opening Repertoire for Beginners 1...e5

      When you first start playing Chess the idea of playing 1 e4 can seem intimidating due to the vast amount of responses there are for black. For that reason, when I first started playing, I steered clear of 1 e4 settling for simplier opening ideas f... | Read More

      • DJAbacus
      • | Nov 8, 2013
      • | 1743 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Beginners, do you want to be a better Chess Player?

      In the last year I have gone from a beginner (know how to move the pieces, understand checkmate, played the odd game) to..strong novice?..weak intermediate?...it doesn't matter how I categorize my current ability, the point is I am much better tha... | Read More

      • DJAbacus
      • | Apr 10, 2013
      • | 1943 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Brilliant Games : Karpov vs Korchnoi 1974

      As part of my improvement program I am looking at some of the greatest games in history. See my blog for other games. The games and commentary for each move are taken from the book, 'Winning Chess - Brilliancies' by Yasser Seirawan.  The whole ... | Read More

      • DJAbacus
      • | Nov 10, 2012
      • | 2035 views
      • | 9 comments
    • Brilliant Games : Fischer vs Spassky 1972

      As part of my improvement program I am looking at some of the greatest games in history. The games are taken from the book, Winning Chess 'Brilliancies' by Yasser Seirawan. Yasser gives a thorough examination of each move which I have shortened f... | Read More

      • DJAbacus
      • | Oct 16, 2012
      • | 3882 views
      • | 6 comments