QGD Chigorin Defense, Chess, aging, improvement

I am a better speaker than typer, and the bulk of the content here is on video. It lasts nearly an hour and features two games with this solid, sound, and much neglected defense to 1. d4. I have a lot of experience with it, primarily in top level master class correspondence chess in ICCF dating back to the 1980's and 1990's. Postal chess, or online or turn-based chess is a perfect way to learn all facets of the game because you are studying these areas when it counts, during the game, and it's all legal. Being able to move the pieces around when analyzing is an asset, it helps you play more precisely than you would in a real OTB game; provided you take your time. Sadly, most players today treat online/turn-based chess as a substitute for OTB play and rattle off maybe 25 moves in a day, thus failing to gain the benefits that postal chess play can bring you.


What's also great about postal chess is you can set a board up when you receive a move, and think about what you would do in an OTB game. Then you can test your choices with more thorough analysis. I take postal chess very seriously, always did. Looking at your gams whe it isn't your move really helps. In the bygone days of postcards for move transmission, this was a must as you might go several days without receiving a new move in the mail. Finally, after about 14 years of intense devotion to postal chess, I ceased to play it. I essentially burned out on it. However, my work in postal chess tought me a lot about the game, and my positional understanding of chess is proof of this. My videos I produce back my statements up, and I'm now here to share with the world my knowledge and love for the game so that multitudes will improve their play as well.



I have a group here at chess.com which is currently the 17th largest after just one year. My videos are available there, as well as countless other activites. We have plenty of team matches going. Usually, we get outranked, but as my program suggests, you learn from playing stronger players. We have an assortment of titled players who give simultaneouses when they have time, and I'm always looking for more. I have more students there than i can handle, and it's all fair game on getting a student under your wing to guide them. We have  thread where members may submit their games, and other members may come in and help out. 


Feel free to join, link is here: 



Ok, now on to my two recent games, played at LAX, Los Angeles, Califonia. I do discuss how age affects you in chess... My opponents were both near my age. I also recommend you track down and read IM Jeremy Silman's recent articles on chess and aging.


Direct link: http://youtu.be/NVzr3it5QQY


Here are the PGN's of the games on the video. However, the comments I give will certainly explain a lot of higher level planning a chess master employs while playing and watching the video will certainly help your play.




  • 4 years ago

    NM aww-rats

    Denverhigh, I was just putting on the record my spat with Mr. G.H. It's my inspiration is all...I and everyone who saw our spat on ICC knows he's dead wrong, and needs attention, even negative will do for him. So, I grant his wish....


    magic-yak: you can't always get what you want. Black is planning 12...e5 himself: 12. Ne2 e5! As noted in the video Black often plays Bb4-a5-b6 with pressure on d4, he got on a7-g1 diagonal a move early in the game. As you can see, pushing e5 clears the e4 square for my knight. Sometimes you give something up to get something else back. ie, ideas in positional structure change.

  • 4 years ago


    I'm loving the video, but I want to know why you played e5 attacking the queen in the first game. I see that it is tactically sound, but it seems positionally flawed because it creates a weakness on the d5 and d4 squairs. Could you explain your reasons for moving the pawn?

  • 4 years ago


    Hello Bill

    I like your videos but you shouldn't focus so much about the guy in Tennesse and your dislike of him. We don't care, beside we don't even know who he is. Many of your chess comments are interesting.

    Your finding about age how it effects chess. You are by no means old at 58. I am 75 1/2. I just returned to Chess and I find my self better, wiser and I make mistakes that I shouldn't make, if I use time correctly.

    Age wiser I am older, but feel at young as 25.

    I am not a great player, but I teach in the schools and have loved the game since 1950's. I am a National Nothing.

    I heard about Chigorin when I played some mouthy guy in the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. I had to go look him up at the library.


    Thanks for posting.

  • 4 years ago


    Thanks Bill!! Great blog and I enjoyed the games.

    Here's another testimonial. It's only on chess.com (no USCF in Italy), but since I began with your program in earnest (about 2 months ago), I've steadily increased in strength, from the low 1500s to over 1600. I'm 52, and I feel as though I have only just begun to play real chess (learned how to play at 7). It will be interesting to see how far I can go with your program.

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