Speaking as an amateur of medium strength, I find it interesting playing comparatively weak players just to see what they lack. Here are two 5/0 games against a 1275-rated player, one a win and one a loss. Can you tell which is my win and which is... | Read More
In the above game, I was torn apart by one of chess.com's knuckle-draggers, the horrible combination of troll and patzer who play silly openings (sometimes even Bxf7+), insult you and ask for a rematch.
Here is how to survive a troll attack.
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Today I'm going to focus on a game where I got pulverized in my pet opening, the classical KID, by a 2130-rated player (happily, I came second to him in the tournament):
I should have preferred G5 to NF6, which allows C5 too soon. Again, I shoul... | Read More
Today and yesterday I learned playing Jeremy and Carson how playing openings like ... A5 aren't necessarily too terrible -- I always remember my irritation when people played what I would call "silly" openings, and apart from the Bxf7 tactic, whic... | Read More
1. Know the colour of every square (d6=black, etc): get to the point where you can reel off 25 in a row instantly.
2. Be able to reel off the "brother square" instantly (a1/h8).
3. Know the diagonal and the colour of every diagonal.
4. Practice... | Read More
I have a theory that your winning percentages will rocket if you take the time to memorize the first five moves of every significant opening. After five moves, the "plan" of each opening is clear, and so with careful play you will mostly reach equ... | Read More
My diet of tactics trainer and standard has gotten me to my highest rating ever in standard and correspondence, so things are going well.
The game above is interesting to me in terms of the things I get wrong -- and thinking why. My five inaccur... | Read More
Here's a way to evaluate your position, copied from wikipedia:
pawn = 1
knight = 3.2
bishop = 3.33
rook = 5.1
queen = 8.8
There are adjustments for the rank and file of a pawn and adjustments for the pieces depending on how open or closed the po... | Read More
I've heard it said that double Bs are worth an extra pawn. Of course it depends on how open the game is, but the above game, in which I use the threat of doubled bishops to eventually win a rook, is a good example.
B5 and b4 aren't the best move... | Read More
This game today was all about pattern recognition. I think it's the best way to improve ... just get an app and practice until you're familiar with all of the main tactical motifs ... | Read More