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How To Play The Opening Like Hikaru

How To Play The Opening Like Hikaru

GM Illingworth
| 26 days ago

Would you like to play the opening like GM Hikaru Nakamura?Here's the short answer to that question. For the long answer, continue reading!In this post, I'll share with you some games by played by Hikaru with his most effective system with Bl...

Big Announcement!

Big Announcement!

GM Illingworth
| Apr 6, 2023

Dear chess friends,I have some big news to announce - however, it's not what you may think If you've read some of my previous posts, or watched some of my Youtube videos, you will probably know that I retired from competitive chess play in early 2...

A Crash Course In Understanding 1.d4

A Crash Course In Understanding 1.d4

GM Illingworth
| Nov 8, 2022

Discover the simplest ideas of 1.d4 for White, through some dynamic games of the old masters! Introduction Ten years ago, I was a very dogmatic coach, who believed that was only 'one best way' to master chess. I had only just become an Int...

How A Grandmaster Plays 1.e4

How A Grandmaster Plays 1.e4

GM Illingworth
| Nov 4, 2022

In this post I'll share with you a recent series of mine, showing you how I like to play 1.e4 in my Chess.com games!Here is the series in video format (starting with 1.e4 e5):  In these videos I mainly focus on how my recommendations in Cru...

Titled Players Winning With My White Repertoire

Titled Players Winning With My White Repertoire

GM Illingworth
| Oct 28, 2022

For a Grandmaster like myself, openings aren't a 'set and forget' thing - we're constantly scouring the databases and broadcasts for new, interesting games. By playing through games each day, we don't just get the inside scoop on new moves th...

Crush Sub-1800s With 1.e4 (FREE Sample)

Crush Sub-1800s With 1.e4 (FREE Sample)

GM Illingworth
| Oct 26, 2022

Would you like to win many more games against players rated below 1800, when you play with the White pieces?If so, then my new opening course, 'Crush Sub-1800s With 1.e4', is perfect for you I'm doing something that I have hardly ever done before....

The Adhiban Gambit

The Adhiban Gambit

GM Illingworth
| Aug 21, 2022

Discover an exciting attacking approach against the English Opening (1.c4)! In the last year, a new gambit emerged against the English Opening, as suggested by the neural network engine Leela Zero. ⁣⁣⁣⁣It arises after 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 e...

Olympiad Opening Ideas - Round 1

Olympiad Opening Ideas - Round 1

GM Illingworth
| Jul 31, 2022

Reflections On Aronian's Olympiad Game   You saw it, right?   It's Round 1 of the biggest chess festival of 2022 - The Chess Olympiad in Chennai - and FM Daniel Silva of Angola gets a winning position against the Board 2 of USA, ...

Why I Struggle To Write Articles

Why I Struggle To Write Articles

GM Illingworth
| Mar 9, 2022

𝗪𝐡𝐲 𝐈 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐠𝐠𝐥𝐞 𝐓𝐨 𝗪𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐬⁣⁣⁣⁣Now that I have your attention, I'm going to stop making excuses and instead actually write an article.⁣⁣⁣⁣Namely, on how the key to jumping 200 rating points is to 𝐒𝐈𝐌𝐏𝐋𝐈𝐅𝐘 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬.⁣⁣⁣⁣That'...

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...⁣⁣⁣⁣So 𝘸𝘩𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦𝘯'𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘥?⁣⁣⁣⁣Whatever reasons you thought of - that's what you're going to have to 𝐥𝐞𝐭 𝐠𝐨 of, in order to progress.⁣⁣ ⁣...

Dealing With Sidelines - Bird's Opening

Dealing With Sidelines - Bird's Opening

GM Illingworth
| Feb 27, 2022

𝐃𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝗪𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐒𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬 - 𝐁𝐢𝐫𝐝'𝐬 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠⁣⁣How do you deal with unusual early moves by the opponent? ⁣⁣Do you get 𝘧𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥, wondering 'why didn't I look at this recently?' ⁣⁣Do you get 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵, believing 'I'm gonna crush this guy in 20 moves?...

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 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘳𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘮𝘪𝘥𝘥𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘴.⁣ 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

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐈 𝗪𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 '𝐒𝐭𝐮𝐜𝐤' 𝐀𝐭 𝟐𝟐𝟎𝟎 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝟐 𝐘𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬, 𝐓𝐨 𝐅𝐈𝐃𝐄 𝐌𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐈𝐧 𝟑 𝐓𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬   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 Players⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝟏-𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐮𝐭𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞.⁣⁣⁣ Have you been wanting to become a chess master?⁣⁣⁣ Watch the 1-minute video linked below (Chess.com won't let me embed 'Shorts' properly): ⁣⁣⁣https://...

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...⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣- 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘗𝘦𝘳 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘳⁣⁣⁣- 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘗𝘦𝘳 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘳⁣⁣⁣- 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘗𝘦𝘳 𝘏𝘰𝘶𝘳⁣⁣⁣- Their Chess Title⁣⁣⁣- Mayyyybe Their Student Results?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Seriously 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

𝐀 𝐋𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐀 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐮 𝐂𝐚𝐧'𝐭 𝐁𝐮𝐲... In this post, we're going to discover the 𝟔 𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐩𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬! You see, most people have it the 𝘸𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥... They spend oceans of time 𝘱𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘴...

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...⁣⁣What is the best way to 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐲 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 in improving my chess?⁣⁣What will give me the 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐨𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 for my money? ⁣⁣I'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...

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