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Move by Move Chess Improvement


    • Test your positional instincts

      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

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jun 21, 2015
      • | 1269 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Slow-mo in chess

      Just a game I played where the ending had a slow-mo finish | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jun 16, 2015
      • | 1115 views
      • | 1 comment
    • How to use Comparison to help your chess now!

      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

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jun 12, 2015
      • | 1428 views
      • | 6 comments
    • How avoiding blunders is affecting your play - and how to fix it

      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 ... | Read More

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jun 8, 2015
      • | 1655 views
      • | 14 comments
    • Why Chess books sometimes do not flip the board for "whose to move"

      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

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Jun 4, 2015
      • | 1888 views
      • | 13 comments
    • Disagreeing with Silman: The argument against studying master games

      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

      • NM linlaoda
      • | May 27, 2015
      • | 2711 views
      • | 23 comments
    • 20 Minute Training Lesson: Calculating in the Opening

      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

      • NM linlaoda
      • | May 17, 2015
      • | 2674 views
      • | 9 comments
    • Typical mistake: studying the opening wrong (and too much!)

      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

      • NM linlaoda
      • | May 10, 2015
      • | 2358 views
      • | 9 comments
    • Are you ready to UP your game?

      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

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Mar 23, 2015
      • | 2265 views
      • | 1 comment
    • Pay Attention to your pieces!

      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

      • NM linlaoda
      • | Mar 19, 2015
      • | 1746 views
      • | 3 comments