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Why I Struggle To Write Articles

Why I Struggle To Write Articles

GM Illingworth
| Mar 9, 2022

๐—ช๐ก๐ฒ ๐ˆ ๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ ๐ ๐ฅ๐ž ๐“๐จ ๐—ช๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐€๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌโฃโฃโฃโฃNow that I have your attention, I'm going to stop making excuses and instead actually write an article.โฃโฃโฃโฃNamely, on how the key to jumping 200 rating points is to ๐’๐ˆ๐Œ๐๐‹๐ˆ๐…๐˜ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ.โฃโฃโฃโฃThat'...

The Invisible Assassin Killing Your Chess Improvement

The Invisible Assassin Killing Your Chess Improvement

GM Illingworth
| Mar 4, 2022

You've read all the books, studied all the courses, had a bunch of coaching, played a bunch of games...โฃโฃโฃโฃSo ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ'๐˜ต ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ?โฃโฃโฃโฃWhatever reasons you thought of - that's what you're going to have to ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ ๐ ๐จ of, in order to progress.โฃโฃ โฃ...

Dealing With Sidelines - Bird's Opening

Dealing With Sidelines - Bird's Opening

GM Illingworth
| Feb 27, 2022

๐ƒ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐—ช๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐’๐ข๐๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ - ๐๐ข๐ซ๐'๐ฌ ๐Ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ โฃโฃHow do you deal with unusual early moves by the opponent? โฃโฃDo you get ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ, wondering 'why didn't I look at this recently?' โฃโฃDo you get ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต, believing 'I'm gonna crush this guy in 20 moves?...

It's Not ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ, It's ๐…๐ž๐ž๐๐›๐š๐œ๐ค

It's Not ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ, It's ๐…๐ž๐ž๐๐›๐š๐œ๐ค

GM Illingworth
| Feb 23, 2022

What is one reason children typically learn faster than adults?โฃโฃThe 'scientific' reason is that kids are ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฑ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž than adults, due to adults having a more developed prefrontal cortex, see everything as it is.โฃโฃHowever, there's...

The Fulcrum Of Chess Understanding

The Fulcrum Of Chess Understanding

GM Illingworth
| Feb 19, 2022

One common weakness I have observed among players rated below 2200, is that they ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜จ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด.โฃ You're leaving a lot of points on the table by not seeing the best plans for both sides.The video below explains more,...

Stuck At 2200?

Stuck At 2200?

GM Illingworth
| Feb 17, 2022

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ˆ ๐—ช๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ '๐’๐ญ๐ฎ๐œ๐ค' ๐€๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ ๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐Ÿ ๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฌ, ๐“๐จ ๐…๐ˆ๐ƒ๐„ ๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ˆ๐ง ๐Ÿ‘ ๐“๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ   I have something shocking to share with you guys.   Believe it or not, my thoughts around chess were once as 'messed up' as yours.   I, too, ...

The First Ever 'Done For You' Chess Coaching Program

The First Ever 'Done For You' Chess Coaching Program

GM Illingworth
| Feb 14, 2022

ATTENTION: 1800+ Rated Chess Playersโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐Ÿ-๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ฎ๐ญ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž.โฃโฃโฃ Have you been wanting to become a chess master?โฃโฃโฃ Watch the 1-minute video linked below (Chess.com won't let me embed 'Shorts' properly): โฃโฃโฃhttps://...

Openings Are This Easy...

Openings Are This Easy...

GM Illingworth
| Feb 12, 2022

Hello chess friends!Got a new video for you on how to easily improve your chess openings! With the approach I share with you in this video, you don't just remember the important moves (ignoring the 99% of non-essential moves covered in chess ...

Raise Your Hands

Raise Your Hands

GM Illingworth
| Feb 10, 2022

For this post, I've put together some of the main things that hold people back from becoming a chess master, and shared what you can do to overcome these things.  After all, the thinking you have now got you to your current level, b...

If You Value Your Time Over Your Results In Chess, Read This...

If You Value Your Time Over Your Results In Chess, Read This...

GM Illingworth
| Feb 8, 2022

Back in the old days, when scouring the net for private chess coaches, we'd look at things like...โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃ- ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณโฃโฃโฃ- ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณโฃโฃโฃ- ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜™๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜—๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณโฃโฃโฃ- Their Chess Titleโฃโฃโฃ- Mayyyybe Their Student Results?โฃโฃโฃโฃโฃโฃSeriously though...

How To Build Your Winning Team

How To Build Your Winning Team

GM Illingworth
| Feb 4, 2022

How Do You Build Your Winning Team?Let's ask a better question...What if you already had your winning team for chess mastery built for you?The video below explains more: If you still believe you can get to the chess master title on your ow...

How To Master Any Chess Opening

How To Master Any Chess Opening

GM Illingworth
| Feb 1, 2022

๐€ ๐‹๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐…๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐€ ๐‚๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐‚๐š๐ง'๐ญ ๐๐ฎ๐ฒ... In this post, we're going to discover the ๐Ÿ” ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ฉ๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ! You see, most people have it the ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ... They spend oceans of time ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜จ๐˜ฉ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ด...

Why 99% Of Youtube Videos Aren't Helping You

Why 99% Of Youtube Videos Aren't Helping You

GM Illingworth
| Jan 28, 2022

Let's be real here...99% of the videos you're watching on Youtube right now are NOT helping you.Why is that?Is that the fault of the videos? The content creators?Not necessarily... The video below explains why. In the video linked above,...

The Best Investment You Can Make...

The Best Investment You Can Make...

GM Illingworth
| Jan 26, 2022

If your chess rating is over 2000, you've probably asked yourself questions like...โฃโฃWhat is the best way to ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž in improving my chess?โฃโฃWhat will give me the ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง ๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ for my money? โฃโฃI've always wanted to become a ches...

Tata Steel 2022 - Rounds 7+8 Recap

Tata Steel 2022 - Rounds 7+8 Recap

GM Illingworth
| Jan 24, 2022

Would you like to learn all the important lessons from Rounds 7 and 8 of the Tata Steel tournament?If so, then my video coverage of the event, with my daily recaps, are perfect for you Here is my recap of Round 7, starting with the coverage of Dub...

I Don't Know What To Play Vs. 1.d4

I Don't Know What To Play Vs. 1.d4

GM Illingworth
| Jan 21, 2022

Perhaps the most common opening struggle for chess players is: 'What do I play against 1.d4?'Even a lot of advanced players struggle to settle on a long-term defence to 1.d4 that they are happy with. That's why I recorded a video detailing the p...

Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

GM Illingworth
| Jan 19, 2022

What exactly are 'hidden gems' in chess?One example would be a drawn chess game with many valuable lessons, that most people missed because they thought 'Oh, it's just a boring draw' without looking deeper at the game.Another example is a great po...

Tata Steel 2022 - Rounds 1+2 Recap

Tata Steel 2022 - Rounds 1+2 Recap

GM Illingworth
| Jan 17, 2022

Have you been following the 2022 Tata Steel supertournament, with Carlsen, Caruana and Giri among others?Whether you're still catching up to the previous rounds, or want to learn everything you can from the games, my two video recaps of the first ...

Quick Wins At The 2021 World Blitz Championship

Quick Wins At The 2021 World Blitz Championship

GM Illingworth
| Jan 15, 2022

Would you like to learn how Grandmasters were able to win in less than 25 moves at the 2021 World Blitz Championship?I find these 'miniature' games to be quite useful to learn from, as we can quickly pick up some ideas and immediately see how to p...

Road To 2300+ - My Breakthrough Tournament

Road To 2300+ - My Breakthrough Tournament

GM Illingworth
| Jan 8, 2022

What were the behind-the-scenes actions I took to have a breakthrough performance of over 2400 (half a point short of my first International Master norm) in the 2008 Australian Championship - my first ever 'open' Championship event? Learn from...

Learn 1.e4 - Part 2

Learn 1.e4 - Part 2

GM Illingworth
| Jan 4, 2022

Do you struggle against any of these openings? - French Defence (1...e6); - Caro-Kann (1...c6); - Pirc/Modern (1...d6/1...g6); - Scandinavian (1...d5) If you said 'Yes' to any of these, then my new video 'Learn 1.e4 - Sidelines' is f...

My Mission For 2022...

My Mission For 2022...

GM Illingworth
| Jan 2, 2022

TL;DR - I have a new mission for 2022! Find out what it is (and how you can be a part of it) in this short 2-minute video: I'm Grandmaster/Certified High Performance Coach Max Illingworth, and my mission for 2022 is to help over 500 chess exp...

Counterattacking From A Solid Foundation

Counterattacking From A Solid Foundation

GM Illingworth
| Dec 24, 2021

Let me ask you a question... Would you like to know how to Win The Solid Way Against 1.e4, 1.d4 And Everything Else... (Even if all you have is an online rating and 1 hour a day for chess?) Then my latest Youtube video, shown below, is 100% ...

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