Move by Move Chess Improvement

Chess Training 1.19.23 (Defense and Calculation)

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| Jan 19, 2023

You are playing Black. It is White to move though - should you be afraid of Qxg8 followed by h7, with what looks like an inevitable queen? Or is Black winning, as long as you find some key resources?

Sokolov - Melkumyan: Brilliant Positional play

NM stocksAndChess1
| Oct 31, 2017

Can you spot the play for Black? It's a beautiful positional play!

Do people still read this? A fun swindle

NM stocksAndChess1
| Sep 13, 2017

I haven't posted in a while, as blogs seemed to have died out recently. Are there still readers? Consider this a test.

Lessons in Positional Chess (2.24.17)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Feb 24, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your positional skills. Solving these will help you improve your positional chess. Black to Move: Rook endgames

Lessons in Positional Chess (2.22.17)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Feb 22, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your positional skills. Solving these will help you improve your positional chess. White to move

Lessons in Positional Chess (2.16.17)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Feb 17, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your positional skills. Solving these will help you improve your positional chess. White to move

Lessons in Positional 2.13.17

NM stocksAndChess1
| Feb 13, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your positional skills. Solving these will help you improve your positional chess. White to move Find the best way to improve our position

Lessons in Positional Chess (2.10.17)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Feb 10, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your positional skills. Solving these will help you improve your positional chess. White to move Hint: What is White playing for?

Lessons in Defense (2/7/2017)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Feb 7, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your defensive skills. Solving these will help you improve your positional chess. Black to move and defend

Lessons in Positional Chess (2.4.17)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Feb 4, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your positional skills. Solving these will help you improve your positional chess. Black to play. White just played 1. a2-a4. What should Black do? Should we force things?

Blunder Checking lessons (1/31/17)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Jan 30, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your blunder checking skills. Solving these will help you improve your overall chess. Is ...Ne5 a good move for Black? Why not?

Lessons in Positional Chess (1.28.17)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Jan 27, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your positional skills. Solving these will help you improve your positional chess. White to move - do we have an attack?

Lessons in Positional Chess (1.25.17)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Jan 25, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your positional skills. Solving these will help you improve your positional chess. White to move: Find the first move and short plan

Lessons in Positional Chess (1.22.17) A tricky one

NM stocksAndChess1
| Jan 22, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your positional skills. Solving these will help you improve your positional chess. How should Black equalize? Be careful!

Lessons in Tactical Chess (1/19/2017)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Jan 19, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your tactical skills. Solving these will help you improve your tactical chess. Black to move and win

Lessons in Positional Chess (a bit more Endgame) (1.10.17)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Jan 10, 2017

You will find below an exercise which tests your positional skills. Solving these will help you improve your positional chess. How should Black stop these passed pawns? Why doesn't 1...Bc8 work?

Lessons in Positional Chess (1.7.17)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Jan 7, 2017

I haven't blogged in a while, but I hope to continue it now. Basically you will find below an exercise which tests your positional skills. Solving these will help you improve your positional chess.The solution will be posted in the comments in abo...

Pattern recognition is important, but misunderstood

NM stocksAndChess1
| Oct 22, 2016

Chances are you've heard that chess is all about pattern recognition. That said, one shouldn't say that they have to have seen the pattern to be able to find it. IMHO chess strength is not only based on how many patterns you know, but also whether...

How well do you know the Benoni?

NM stocksAndChess1
| Oct 8, 2016

The following position looks very innocent, but actually White has a very strong initiative. Can you find it?

What we can learn from Bullet Super Grandmasters

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| Sep 24, 2016

This post will be a little different. We'll be learning from a game of a bullet super-grandmaster a couple of their key traits that we can implement in our own games:Principal #1: take free material if isn't a blunder (it tends to be easier to pla...

Training

NM stocksAndChess1
| Sep 21, 2016

Take some time to figure out what's the best move for White   **Hint**Is it necessary to defend the pawn? If White plays our most natural move, what happens if Black takes the pawn?

The power of logical thinking in calculation

NM stocksAndChess1
| Sep 14, 2016

When calculating, sometimes the right threats don't just come to us. At this moment, it is useful to use some logical reasoning. Consider the following problem. Spend ~10 minutes               Were you able to solve the problem? If not,...

NM stocksAndChess1
| Sep 9, 2016

When calculating, it is very natural to want to just look at the obvious move and be done with it. I find among my students that they tend to do this especially when training tactics. However, this makes you susceptible to being surprised by your ...

How to really improve at chess (no gimmicks, no lying, just the cold hard truth)

NM stocksAndChess1
| Jul 27, 2016

I've been meaning to write this for a while but kept putting it off. Now that I have ten minutes of free time, I will finally take the time to write it! As a self-trained player I have come to realize that there are so many educational...

Why you should never resign

NM stocksAndChess1
| Jul 26, 2016

Great chances show up, if you only look hard enough

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