Chess Improvement for the Adult Amateur

Chess Improvement for the adult amateur.


    • Common Chess Errors

      In his classic Novice Nook The Theory of Chess Improvement Dan Heisman points out the following common chess errors, which I keep running up against. Playing too fast or too slow. Having bad thought processes – such as playing “Hope Chess”(... | Read More

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      • | Aug 13, 2011
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    • The (Long) Road to Chess Mastery

      According to experts it takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert in any field. So the following is my attempt to gauge my chess progress based on the 10,000 hour rule. Assumptions 10,000 hours of practice = expert A che... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Jun 8, 2011
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    • Finding the Master Within

      There is no doubt that reviewing master games is one of the best methods to improve your chess. The question for me has always been which master’s games do I study first? There are schools of thought that answer this by stating that you should r... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Mar 21, 2011
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    • Threats in Chess Pt. 2

      I wasn’t planning on making this a series of posts on threats, but I feel I’m on to something. My chess has improved since I have restructured my thought process to incorporate threat analysis . Threat Based Evaluation Process1. What are my o... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Dec 4, 2010
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    • Threats in Chess

      I have been away for a few months, in which time I have been through a long plateau and a bout of chess related self-doubt. The reason for the self-doubt is that I feel that I should be at a different playing level than that which I am (1300 USCF)... | Read More

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      • | Nov 27, 2010
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    • Psychology of Chess Weaknesses

      The path to chess improvement lies in finding your weakest area of knowledge and placing all of your effort into converting it into a strength. My greatest weakness is an apprehension, bordering on fear, of delving into deep calculations and anal... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Oct 11, 2010
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    • Think Like a Chess Engine

      In Kotov's great book "Think Like a Grandmaster" he taught the average chess player the inner workings of how a chess master thinks about a position by creating a tree of candidates and then proceeding along the tree. While there is much to learn ... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Aug 15, 2010
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    • Positional Evaluation Checklist

      I have created a PDF document that is based on Karpov and Mazukevich's thought process guidelines, and includes Herman Grooten's modifications. You can download it here. The idea is to use it when going over annotated games, or when performing Sto... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Jul 16, 2010
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    • Website Dedicated to C.J.S Purdy

      I have read a lot of chess books, but no author and no content has ever been clearer and more revalating than the books and words of C.J.S Purdy. So, I have created a site dedicated to Purdy's chess wisdom. Some of the things you'll find are exce... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Jul 11, 2010
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    • Connecting the Dots in Chess

      I have made an observation while solving puzzles, that I feel will improve my tactical puzzle solving skills, and might have direct application during actual games. When solving a tactical puzzle of intermediate to advanced level I either: 1. ... | Read More

      • chessbuzz
      • | Jun 6, 2010
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