Learning Chess W-i-t-h-o-u-t Moves First? You OK?

Learning Chess W-i-t-h-o-u-t Moves First? You OK?

RoaringPawn
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26 days ago

CONFRONTING A FALLACY AS OLD AS CHESS ITSELF THAT NIMZOVICH INTRODUCED IN 1929 I admit it, teaching chess without the moves being shown first, as hinted by Nimzovich, does sound crazy ― after all, everyone of us, ever since the Chess Dark Ages, ha...

How to Build a Better Chess Teacher

How to Build a Better Chess Teacher

RoaringPawn
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28 days ago

Basis education is broken across domains. Think math, or foreign language acquisition. And yes, chess. Maybe an activity with most dropouts as an overwhelmingly huge number of chess entrants never move beyond the moves due to lack of meaning and ...

Chess Cart Before the Horse

Chess Cart Before the Horse

RoaringPawn
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Nov 10, 2018

WHAT IS OLDER IN CHESS AND ALL WARFARE, MOVEMENT OR POWER? The movement of chessmen has been a starting point in chess since time eternal. A sine qua non, a religion that has aged and hardened that nobody ever dared to question. But this moves...

New-Age Challenges Susan Polgar

New-Age Challenges Susan Polgar

RoaringPawn
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Nov 7, 2018

COMPARING A MODERN VS CONVENTIONAL EARLY CHESS LEARNING METHOD. NEW-AGE vs STONE AGE In 1929, Aron Nimzovich strongly asserted that the early teaching method was "fundamentally flawed." For nearly ninety years his idea hasn't attracted anyone's a...

Chess, Vikings and Asymmetric Warfare

Chess, Vikings and Asymmetric Warfare

RoaringPawn
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Oct 27, 2018

HOW ASYMMETRY TEACHES YOU TO OPPOSE STRONGER PLAYERS MORE SUCCESSFULLY . Asymmetry as a Way of (Chess) Life Asymmetric, or irregular warfare occurs between opposing forces which differ greatly in warring power; it typically involves the use of...

Magnus Carlsen: A Genius or Automaton?

Magnus Carlsen: A Genius or Automaton?

RoaringPawn
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Oct 16, 2018

Some of his colleague GMs say Carlsen doesn’t play chess actually. They say he is not a real chess player. Few players still do play chess “in contrast to Carlsen, who prefers to wait for his opponent to make a mistake rather than tr...

Still Life: Modern Chess Under Predation Press

Still Life: Modern Chess Under Predation Press

RoaringPawn
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Oct 13, 2018

15 STILL LIFE CHESS PIECES OF ART. What is the meaning of modern chess? "Just to take control over sixteen unoccupied central squares, and the two central horizontals. Art of chess has long ago been reduced to struggle for space. So following ...

Capablanca: Always in Zeitnot?!

Capablanca: Always in Zeitnot?!

RoaringPawn
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Oct 12, 2018

THE GREAT CUBAN HAD ALWAYS BEEN IN THE TIME PRESSURE... IN ONE THING. The Hungarian Russian Grandmaster Lilienthal played ten world champions in his career, and beat six of them. In his time, he was one of the top elite players, next to such wor...

Kotov's Golden Rook

Kotov's Golden Rook

RoaringPawn
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Oct 10, 2018

FROM THE ANNALS OF DIRTY GAMES OF CHESS AND POLITICS Alexander Kotov was a chess mountain. Think his influential "Think like a Grandmaster," or the 1952 Stockholm Interzonal, which he won with a more than brilliant score of 16.5/20, three clea...

How Rating is Ruining Chess

How Rating is Ruining Chess

RoaringPawn
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Oct 2, 2018

THE RISE OF THE QUANTS = Decline in Original Ideas and Creativity. The mainstream media and chess public are endlessly fascinated by the World #1, Magnus Carlsen of Norway. Yes, he is the reigning World champion with the highest rating an...

Nimzovich: A Big Damn Fool?

Nimzovich: A Big Damn Fool?

RoaringPawn
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Sep 29, 2018

ONE MAN AGAINST THE ENTIRE WORLD In 1543 Copernicus established, in his Revolutions, that the planets orbited the Sun rather than the Earth. What a blasphemy! In 1929 Nimzovich established, in How I became a Grandmaster, that the way we teach ...

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