During my most recent chess break, I ran into a friend of mine who loves chess and who had been in Japan doing a 4 week Seshin at a Japanese Zen Monestary.I asked him if he had time to practice his chess while at the monastery, and he told me tha... | Read More
The following classic by Alekhine shows how he focuses his attack against Black's weakness at f7, brought about by the exchange of Black's dark squared bishop.
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Making it Difficult
After several years of working on my chess improvement and from talking to both amateurs and masters it appears that adult amateurs tend to complicate their chess improvement by reading books and tackling concepts that are far... | Read More
Karpov & Mazukevich’s Chess Thought Process
(adapted by Herman Grooten)
The following thought process which is recommended by Karpov and Mazukevich is used to detect the important features of an arbitrary position in order to devise a plan... | Read More
The purpose of the following list of chess errors, is to assist us to diagnose our weaknesses when we annotate our games.
Opening WeaknessesFalling victim to an opening trapIgnoring the development of your piecesWaiting too long to castleOpening ... | Read More
The following list of books has been compiled from a number of web resources.
1) Chess Tactics for Students by John Bain
2) Logical Chess Move by Move by Irving Chernev
3) Back to Basics: Tactics (ChessCafe Back to Basics Chess) by D... | Read More
I have been going over My System for the past few weeks as part of the study strategy portion of my study schedule. I think the best way to go over the content of the book is to go over The Elements section going over each example carefully. Luc... | Read More