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Coaching lessons log

This is the log of the coaching lessons I had so far. I create this log to see if the coaching lessons helped my and what I have learned so far. I  can give a feedback about the lessons if im asked for. My recent national rating is 1529 and I found a coach for a good price so i decided to take lessons from him. His rating is 2071 Fide- Elo, so he is an chess expert according to the USCF classes. As he coaches persons rated up to 1800 this fits to my recent goal to be rated 1800.

1.Lesson ( 18.January 2013)

He prepared for my an opening reportoire for black against 1.e4. I said him before the first lesson that I just started playing the caro kann defense. I send him a database with my tournament  games  of the last three years and he looked at them. He  thinks that the caro-kann defense fits to my playing style and  i will benefit from this opening in my games as my positial play is better than 1500.

I was impressed abou the repertoire. Many variations. I get inside informations about all the plans  and ideas . He explained  everything very detailed. The bad was that I didn't get the change to ask questions because he talked a lot and he didn't make much breaks. The information was very much so I had not time to think about my araising questions in certain positions. At the end of the lesson he sent my a database with the opening repertoire and 4 positions for homework. The task is 1. evaluation of the position ( who is better and why?) 2.based to your evalution create an plan and justify with variations.



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    6.Lesson (22.February 2013)

    After 2 Lessons of opening study and 3 lessons on strategical themes the lessons continue with endgame study. First some basic pawn endgames.  Here is one where black can draw , but how is the question. Endgames are good for your calculation skills and requires accurate play.

    This a nice endgame study where white can draw although he isn't inside the square of the black pawn. From endgames you learn a lot like in this one.

    The following endgame is interesting. I think i would have some difficulties to win this endgame. Is a bishop endgame with 1 extra pawn. The Idea is to bring the bishop to b8 which threatens the exchange of the bishops. If the king goes to a6 to prevent you to go to a7-b8 you can go for the c7 sqaure and finally you can reach b8 with a tempo winning move.

    Here are 2 basic rook endgames everybody should know :

    1. Lucena-Position, First check the king, bring your rook on the 4 rank , build the bridge and the past pawn promotes to a queen -  winning for white 

    2 .Philidor-Defense. Defending the 6.Rank and after pawn push the rook goes to the back rank and gives checks from behind -draw.

    After some  basic endgame knowledge a few endgame puzzle I had to solve for homework.







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    5.Lesson (15.February 2013)

    In this lesson the topic was positional play. In a position where white could go for the kingside attack,he decides to play positional in the centre. White  plays some quite moves to increase the pressure there and exploit his positional advantage. White simply improves the position of his pieces and at the same time black gets bad pieces which don' t have mobility like a locked  and passive bishop. When the pieces are improved to the maximum the real action begins by attacking weak points or the king. In another position whites  strategy is based on a poor placed queen, by threatening to attack the queen he forces the black queen back and simultaneously he improves the position of his pieces. So the whole concept of positional play is to force the opponents pieces to  bad squares where their possibilities are limited ans simultaneously get the best squares for the own pieces where they have high mobility , are targeting weak squares and can quick launch an kingside attack. At the end of this lesson i got some puzzles to solve. Here are some of them :

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    4.Lesson (8.February 2013)

    In this lesson the strategical theme was prophylaxis. What is prophylaxis ? It is a kind of save quiet moves to avoid surprises like the Kh1 move to get away from the bishops diagonal or pins,skewers and other tactics. Prophylaxis is as well to stop your opponents plan by simply making moves that don't allow your opponent to enforce his plans. You are playing against his plans without following your own plan. That surprised me again in the shown games . How can the whole strategy of a game be to stop your opponents plan and to frustrate him. It is  a psychological strategy to force your opponent to make wrong decisions and weaken  his position.My task in this lesson was 1. to find out what the opponents plan is 2. how to stop this plan. I liked this exercise, I had to think and find out what is going on in the positions. Here are a few prophylaxis exercises.


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    3.Lesson (1.February 2013)

    After 2 Lessons of opening study, we had 2 lessons with strategical themes.In this lesson the theme was weak squares. I learned that the plan to exploit weak squares is a follow:

    1.Exchange or crowd out all enemy pieces that control this square

    2.Make the weak square to an outpost for a piece 

    3.Connect the other pieces with the outpost

    The strategical concepts are 


    2.Improve the position

    3.Open lines with pawn storms

    He showed me a few games where the whole game was based on exploiting weak square in the enemy position. It is strange if the play is only focused in creating weak squares and  make use of them. It was interesting and enlightening. But the big question that arose to me was how do I know that there are weak squares ? Pawn moves create weak squares. So I should look at the position if a certain pawn move creates a weak square. For homework I had to solve some puzzles  that were harder than the last ones. I spent 15 minutes for each puzzle. I could solve 8 of 10 them. At the other 2 puzzles I couldn't find a satisfactory solution.

    Here are some of them:

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    2.Lesson (25.January 2013)

    We started with the discussion of my homework.  My solution of the first  position was right. At the second my evalution was right but my plan wasn't good. I misevaluated the third position and my plan wasn't right.The last postion was right. So I scored 2/4. I think that I have a lot of work to do for the improvement of my strategical skills and planning.

    The lesson continued with an opening repertoire for black against 1.d4.I got  in touch with the semi-slav. My coach said that the pawn structure is similar to the caro-kann and therefore it fits to my reportoire. I liked this opening from the beginning . The explanations were good only the speed was somewhat   fast. I learned the plans of black in different variations.  At the end we discussed a few tactic  and endgames puzzles. In addition I got 2 databases. 1 semi-slav repertoire and 1 with almost 700 tactic puzzles. For Homework I should solve some tactic puzzles.

    Here are some of them :

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