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i assure you chess.com was built with all players in mind, from those learning the rules all the way up to professional players. there is plenty of content for experienced 1800+ players, but there is also plenty of content for 1300 players, and you can just pick and choose which courses to look at. notice that when you go to http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/courses.html you can see the average rating of the lessons in each course, and thus pick a course that's more or less at your level. also within the courses, you can see which specific lessons are at your level.
i don't think chess mentor is the best tool to teach self-taught players the names for all the openings. perhaps an encyclopedia of opening names in article form.
Common maneuvers in the middlegame
The book "Chess Middlegames" of Laslo Polgar tell some:
Attack with pawns, Activation of pieces, Weak square, Minority attack...
You could easilie make a whole lesson about each chapter of that book
I think you need to check your lessons by a strong engine, many of your examples in your old lessons are simply wrong. Thats the rason why i did stop using mentor ( it was very helpful though ). As soon as your lessons are computerproof i will join Chess mentor again
i have edited the mentor courses appearing over the last 3 years that i have worked at chess.com, but i'm not going to go back through hundreds of old lessons from before my time. it's too much work. :(
have you done these:
i've got an advanced endgame course coming out april 1st.
i'll pass the video suggestion on to Danny and Dejan.
ofc the two Scotch courses may not be in your repertoire-- they aren't in mine. but i still found that i learned some very interesting things about chess from them. so if you were just looking to spend some quality chess time, i thought those might still hold some interest for you.
Are the lessons computerproof now ( and if, since when )?
If there are enough lessons with checked examples i would be interested.
no, i don't use a computer to check them.
One lesson that might be good for a lot of players is how openings relate to one another. That studying for instance the scotch can make a player better at the siclian due to similar themes. I recall a game played maybe 6 or 7 years ago by Kortchnoi in a tournament where a 1d4 opening transposed into essentially a ruy lopez structure. I said Black was lost around move 18 or so and was laughed at by some amateurs. Black did lose because blacks normal counterplay was totally lacking and white was essentially 3 tempi up on typical attacking ideas.
It would be nice if Silman's ROE course was cleaned : there are many duplicate lessons, which is a bit annoying
Something on closed positions which aren't necessarily blocked. I'm thinking of 'main-line' (i.e. dxe4) caro-kanns, slavs where dxc4 gets played, philidors, scotches, king's indians, and maroczy binds with exd4, frenches with dxe4, Alekhine's and Scandanavians, maybe some hedgehogs, etc. This class of position is not something that I see get covered a lot - sometimes you see 'oh white has a space advantage, with a small plus, but black is solid'. Fine, but how do you come up with PLANS for both sides? And this kind of position arises or CAN arise out of almost every opening.
yeah. if you are thinking of dc and de type positions those are usually classified as "semi-open" positions. those are really important positions, especially the ones where black is solid. if black has a bad bishop on c8, then they can be less interesting as white's advantage is more significant :-)
Stonewall and/or Torre openings.
Is a series of courses CHESS MENTOR will continue?
I would love to see some excellent courses related to the sicilian najdorf as well as complex endings for 1800+ players
thx for the suggestion.
Has Chess Mentor improved for lower rateds since I've been away?
They have some new courses by Alexander King which are for beginners (even the ones labelled intermediate really).
By beginners, do you mean how the pieces move? I'm slightly beyond that. I can't say I'm a beginner any more. I'm obviously not an intermediate. Just a crappy player.
Not that easy, just simple tactics etc.
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