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Chess Improvement for the Adult Amateur

Chess Improvement for the adult amateur.


    • Threats in Chess

      I have been away for a few months, in which time I have been through a long plateau and a bout of chess related self-doubt. The reason for the self-doubt is that I feel that I should be at a different playing level than that which I am (1300 USCF)... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Nov 27, 2010
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    • Psychology of Chess Weaknesses

      The path to chess improvement lies in finding your weakest area of knowledge and placing all of your effort into converting it into a strength. My greatest weakness is an apprehension, bordering on fear, of delving into deep calculations and anal... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Oct 11, 2010
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    • Think Like a Chess Engine

      In Kotov's great book "Think Like a Grandmaster" he taught the average chess player the inner workings of how a chess master thinks about a position by creating a tree of candidates and then proceeding along the tree. While there is much to learn ... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Aug 15, 2010
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    • Positional Evaluation Checklist

      I have created a PDF document that is based on Karpov and Mazukevich's thought process guidelines, and includes Herman Grooten's modifications. You can download it here. The idea is to use it when going over annotated games, or when performing Sto... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Jul 16, 2010
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    • Website Dedicated to C.J.S Purdy

      I have read a lot of chess books, but no author and no content has ever been clearer and more revalating than the books and words of C.J.S Purdy. So, I have created a site dedicated to Purdy's chess wisdom. Some of the things you'll find are exce... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Jul 11, 2010
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    • Connecting the Dots in Chess

      I have made an observation while solving puzzles, that I feel will improve my tactical puzzle solving skills, and might have direct application during actual games. When solving a tactical puzzle of intermediate to advanced level I either: 1. ... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Jun 6, 2010
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    • Secrets of Zen Chess

      During my most recent chess break, I ran into a friend of mine who loves chess and who had been in Japan doing a 4 week Seshin at a Japanese Zen Monestary.I asked him if he had time to practice his chess while at the monastery, and he told me tha... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Apr 27, 2010
      • | 953 views
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    • Attack against f7

      The following classic by Alekhine shows how he focuses his attack against Black's weakness at f7, brought about by the exchange of Black's dark squared bishop. | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Dec 27, 2009
      • | 715 views
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    • Simple Chess Training

      Making it Difficult After several years of working on my chess improvement and from talking to both amateurs and masters it appears that adult amateurs tend to complicate their chess improvement by reading books and tackling concepts that are far... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Dec 5, 2009
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    • Choosing a Chess Move

      Karpov & Mazukevich’s Chess Thought Process (adapted by Herman Grooten) The following thought process which is recommended by Karpov and Mazukevich is used to detect the important features of an arbitrary position in order to devise a plan... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Aug 22, 2009
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