In the following position, Black looks to be slightly worse with fewer pieces developed, but is this so?
Did you find a strong move for Black? Try out your move in the puzzle:
This is the sort of problem that someone with strong posit... | Read More
Just a game I played where the ending had a slow-mo finish
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The Comparison thought process
Oftentimes during a chess game, we run into a position where there are many logical moves to choose from. What do we do in this case?Many players might just gamble and choose a random move. This, obviously, is n... | Read More
How avoiding blunders is affecting your play - and how to fix it
The thought process of many players is:
See which moves are "blunders"-> filter these moves out-> start logical thinking -> come up with a move -> blunder check
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Have you ever noticed that sometimes in chess books, the board diagram always shows the board from the White side, no matter who is to move?
I noticed on the forums that many chess.com members showed a strong preference for books where the di... | Read More
Before I say anything, I want to start by saying that I deeply respect IM Jeremy Silman as he was instrumental to my chess development very early. His works How to Reassess your Chess and Reassess your Chess workbook helped to make me think critic... | Read More
Training tip: Start Calculating as early as possible.
A lesson I work with my students from the very beginning is to be playing the opening as if it is the "opening game," similar to the middlegame and endgame. Many players view the opening a... | Read More
When we play a game and we find ourselves lost for plans, we often try to solve this problem by studying the opening of that game.
This is not the best way to study this!
By "study", see if you can relate to any of the following:
You st... | Read More
Have you hit a roadblock in your game? Not sure how to improve?
My time availability has opened up and I am now accepting new students!To up your game NOW, consider having a mentor to tell you your weaknesses and tell you exactly HOW to impro... | Read More
This is another game analysis report brought to you from the Move by Move Chess Improvement group
About every week I select 1 game from the Group Forum to be analyzed for my blog.
Now we stop for an Opening puzzle: How would you finish de... | Read More