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Chess Improvement for the Adult Amateur

Chess Improvement for the adult amateur.


    • General Treatise on Chess

      Recently a Spanish language set of four chess books by the name of el Tratado General de Ajedrez by Argentinian Chess Master Roberto Grau was recommended to me. The book has been called the Bible of Latin American Chess, and it is highly regarded... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Jan 25, 2013
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    • The Advantage of An Outside Passed Pawn

      The following game shows the how to capitalize on the advantage of an outside passed pawn. | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Dec 26, 2012
      • | 669 views
      • | 1 comment
    • 12 Endgame Principles

      1. The King is a fighting piece and it should be centralized and used actively. 2. Material advantage wins in the endgame. Hold on to your material! 3. Be wary of sacrificing pawns for development. Only in rook and pawn endgames is an active pie... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Dec 25, 2012
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    • The Rest Is A Matter of Technique

      When reviewing master games, the expert annotator usually does not cover the last few moves of the game and attributes the remaining moves to "The rest is a matter of technique." Well, I came across the following explanation by Mednis in his excel... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Dec 24, 2012
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    • The Road to Chess Improvement in Ten Steps

      1. Eliminate blunders. 2. Become proficient at finding offensive and defensive tactics. 3. Stop playing “hope chess”. Analyze at least 4 ply deep, and make sure that your move improves your position and does not lead to #1 & 2 above. 4.... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Jan 7, 2012
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    • When You See A Tactic...

      You see a tactical combination on the board and you have the opportunity to play it…you become excited, after all this is your moment to play like Tal, but chances are that you do not play  like Tal. While you have spotted a tactical opport... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Sep 10, 2011
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    • Common Chess Errors

      In his classic Novice Nook The Theory of Chess Improvement Dan Heisman points out the following common chess errors, which I keep running up against. Playing too fast or too slow. Having bad thought processes – such as playing “Hope Chess”(... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Aug 13, 2011
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    • The (Long) Road to Chess Mastery

      According to experts it takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in any field. So the following is my attempt to gauge my chess progress based on the 10,000 hour rule. Assumptions 10,000 hours of practice = expert A che... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Jun 8, 2011
      • | 1868 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Finding the Master Within

      There is no doubt that reviewing master games is one of the best methods to improve your chess. The question for me has always been which master’s games do I study first? There are schools of thought that answer this by stating that you should r... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Mar 21, 2011
      • | 819 views
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    • Threats in Chess Pt. 2

      I wasn’t planning on making this a series of posts on threats, but I feel I’m on to something. My chess has improved since I have restructured my thought process to incorporate threat analysis . Threat Based Evaluation Process1. What are my o... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Dec 4, 2010
      • | 985 views
      • | 1 comment