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    • Keep your study sessions short and concise to optimize efficiency

      How long do you spend studying chess every week?   And each time you study, how long do you study in one sitting?   This post will be shorter, and less chess-y but nonetheless is quite important. Unless we function best with long study sessi... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Aug 24, 2015
      • | 1012 views
      • | 4 comments
    • You aren't defined by your rating (so go ahead and play that tournament!)

      The title of this post easily could have been: Why every tournament matters but typically what keeps most people from playing tournaments tends to be fear of losing rating points   I will like to address this fear as follows: (1) You are not d... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Aug 19, 2015
      • | 1568 views
      • | 15 comments
    • Test your Combinational skills

      We are all familiar with tactical combinations, but positionally inclined combinations are powerful as well.   Below you will find some combinations where it is not given whether it is tactical or positional:   | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Aug 12, 2015
      • | 1368 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Wild wild blitz

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      • NM linlaoda
      • | Aug 9, 2015
      • | 635 views
      • | 2 comments
    • Tactic on the dark squares

      When learning about color complexes, we can first think tactically: oftentimes a weakness on one color leads to tactics based on that color:   | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Aug 3, 2015
      • | 1195 views
      • | 4 comments
    • A surprising tactic in the opening

      I thought of the following tactic in class (to see the opening it resulted from, click the move list after you have solved it!) Click here to follow me | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jul 30, 2015
      • | 1390 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Learning from the legends

      Let's start by looking at a game by the great GM Boris Spassky This was a lightly annotated game, and one we should know by heart - it's just so beautiful!   Let's see if we can solve this tactic:Black has just played ...Bxf3?? in a technical... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jul 27, 2015
      • | 1156 views
      • | 8 comments
    • Tactics: Calculate the ideal scenario

      Today I want to discuss a concept from real life that can be applied in chess. This is the concept of "assertiveness"  When we see what we want (like a threat) but it is not a "safe" move (it loses material) we tend to immediately not play it. ... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jul 23, 2015
      • | 1299 views
      • | 8 comments
    • An attack out of nowhere

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      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jul 21, 2015
      • | 881 views
      • | 2 comments
    • A positional game

      Not a perfect game, nonetheless:   Find a strong move for Black. The question to ask is: What is White's plan? How do we prevent it? Continuing with the game: Find the ideal plan for White.Hint: Which pieces can be improved.Bonus: What is ... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jul 16, 2015
      • | 1407 views
      • | 6 comments