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In Search of Harmony


    • A personal journey through the psychology of chess.

      I believe that some 75% of success in any given chess game (between at least somewhat comparable opposition that is, say +- 300 points) is psychology. Yep, you read that right and no, I am not crazy :) Let me try to convince you...  So the q... | Read More

      • FM TVEDAS
      • | Mar 5, 2015
      • | 1679 views
      • | 19 comments
    • Knowledge vs Belief (chess psychology)

      You might have noticed that a lot of my blog posts are inspired by my students and this one is no different. I think I am very blessed because my students are very diverse - what is a tough issue for one seems a non issue for the other, while this... | Read More

      • FM TVEDAS
      • | Jul 27, 2014
      • | 2206 views
      • | 5 comments
    • Some shower thoughts on plateaus and toolboxes.

      From time to time I hear frustration from my students or other chess players: "I hit a plateau. I cannot learn anything new anymore, it's like I hit a wall. What we are learning, I am not able to use in my games for some reason." I am sure that th... | Read More

      • FM TVEDAS
      • | Jun 27, 2014
      • | 4151 views
      • | 18 comments
    • S. Volkov - B. Socko: Early game of the year candidate?

      In January of 2014, at Rilton Cup in Stockholm, GM Sergey Volkov from Russia has played an absolutely brilliant game vs GM Bartosz Socko from Poland. I am sure that a lot of people haven't seen it and I felt that it is just too good of a game to g... | Read More

      • FM TVEDAS
      • | Jan 30, 2014
      • | 2405 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Road to the first IM norm: Part 3

      The 2013 European Team Chess Championship was held in Novotel Centrum hotel in Warsaw, Poland, in November 7th-18th. I was blessed with an opportunity to represent the Lithuanian national team in this competition and everything turned out much bet... | Read More

      • FM TVEDAS
      • | Jan 26, 2014
      • | 2275 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Road to the first IM norm: Part 2

      The 2013 European Team Chess Championship was held in Novotel Centrum hotel in Warsaw, Poland, in November 7th-18th. I was blessed with an opportunity to represent the Lithuanian national team in this competition and everything turned out much bet... | Read More

      • FM TVEDAS
      • | Jan 24, 2014
      • | 2052 views
      • | 4 comments
    • Road to the first IM norm: Part 1

      The 2013 European Team Chess Championship was held in Novotel Centrum hotel in Warsaw, Poland, in November 7th-18th. I was blessed with an opportunity to represent the Lithuanian national team in this competition and everything turned out much bet... | Read More

      • FM TVEDAS
      • | Nov 21, 2013
      • | 2457 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Two simple exercises that will help improve your concentration

      When I was a kid I had big troubles with concentration. It was really, really bad - I could not sit still for even a minute! Thankfully, I had a very smart guy for a coach and he realized that the best way for kids to learn is via playing. He star... | Read More

      • FM TVEDAS
      • | Aug 16, 2013
      • | 5845 views
      • | 19 comments
    • Trip report: Lithuanian Chess Championship 2013 PART 2

      Hey guys,   you can find part 1 of this tournament report at http://www.chess.com/blog/TVEDAS/tournament-report-lithuanian-chess-championship-2013-part-1     After winning round 2 I was getting some of my pre-tournament confidence back. T... | Read More

      • FM TVEDAS
      • | Jul 21, 2013
      • | 2425 views
      • | 6 comments
    • Trip report: Lithuanian Chess Championship 2013 PART 1

      The Superbowl. The NCAA's Final Four. The NBA Finals. The Lithuanian Chess Championship Final.    Nah, I am kidding - no one apart from Lithuanians really cares about the Lithuanian Chess Championship :) But to me, qualifying for it meant as m... | Read More

      • FM TVEDAS
      • | Jul 15, 2013
      • | 2722 views
      • | 14 comments