Please help IM Timothy Taylor if you can.
This guy is a great author and a nice fellow.
You can get in touch with Tim through his chess.com account. Even 5$ helps.
edit : I'm also happy to offer a free analyze or coaching se... | Read More
Having recently read a funny thread where this topic cropped up, I was wondering how much encouragement one should expect from his chess coach ?
We all love to be cheered and admired don’t we ? Also, doesn’t it feel good when a (much) stronge... | Read More
This is the follow-up to my previous blog article. If you haven't read it yet, I recommend you start there to know the full story.Here is the position that I offered as an exercise in the first article. I invited people to play the black side agai... | Read More
DISCLAIMER : this article is not a discussion about the relative chess powers of humans and engines.
While listening to the very interesting show of GM Magesh last week, someone asked him why he wasn't using an engine to perform his analysis ? ... | Read More
As my chess coach says, one book on the table induces work, but 20 create confusion.
In our times of ‘Too Much (chess) Information’ (Soltis), I thought it would be useful for people who can’t afford a coach, or want to supplement his teachi... | Read More
The question of whether you should spend time studying openings or not is the Nessie of chess improvement forums.
Rather than take sides on this dangerous topic (I’m neither an integrist of the “thou shalt not study openings” dogma, nor an ... | Read More
Where do you stand on the chess maturity ladder ?
1. Not putting pieces en prise
2. Setting up simple traps
3. Focusing to avoid simple traps ("what does he want to do ?")
4. Knowing yo... | Read More
When I was younger, I took some correspondence chess classes where the author claimed that Russians used to practice calculation with positions that were just too hard to be fully calculated. The point wasn't to find the truth of the position, but... | Read More
Now for something completely different.
Though I'm usually no big fan of chess variants and unorthodox problems, I can't resist sharing the very entertaining and puzzling problem a chess friend has shown us at the club today.
Normal chess rules ... | Read More
GM Nigel Davies kindly invited me to write articles for his blog, the Chess Improver.
My first post relates Mamedyarov's fantastic performance at the Istambul Olympiad and includes an annotated game where he shows the power of the passed pawn !
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