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Interested in Private Lessons?

Interested in Private Lessons?

NM LogoCzar
| Oct 2, 2022

Relaxing in Kansas with Timur before helping with chess camp in Oklahoma! Hi! I have some openings available for new students. Feel free to message me about you and your chess goals, and we'll go from there. The first lesson is on the house -...

In Defense of GM Hans Niemann

In Defense of GM Hans Niemann

NM LogoCzar
| Sep 6, 2022

"I was astonished by his memory. I was astonished by his intuition. Both were off the charts for what I have seen training Shankland, Gelfand, other 2600+, and a few 2700s." - GM Jacob Aagaard Hans Niemann is clearly on the rise. He ...

The Rook Postulate!

The Rook Postulate!

NM LogoCzar
| May 3, 2022

'Moving the rook as far as plausible is almost always the best move.' - FM Sean Vibbert It's Rook Postulate season, eh? 'We often overlook long moves - that our opponents make or that we could have made. At the board, we focus on ...

Fresh Ideas in 1.b3 e5 for Black

Fresh Ideas in 1.b3 e5 for Black

NM LogoCzar
| Apr 6, 2022

'Every strong chess player should have his own opening theory which is different from the mainstream theory. The more outrageous your personal opening theory, the better your results.' - GM Mikhail Botvinnik Enjoy some fresh ideas against...

Tournaments with Timur: The Games!

Tournaments with Timur: The Games!

NM LogoCzar
| Oct 19, 2021

After our road trip, Marck and I finally arrived in California to play some chess!  We mainly focused on the Southern California Open, but Timur also gave a blindfold simul. I won at rock paper scissors! The prize was this fun mask. ...

Tournaments with Timur: The Backstory!

Tournaments with Timur: The Backstory!

NM LogoCzar
| Sep 23, 2021

Five months ago, I caught the infamous Covy D and was dragged down with chronic fatigue. As a result, I had mixed feelings about jumping back into the chess world. While chess tournaments are always exciting, would I have the endurance? I assumed ...

Cylindrical Chess?!

Cylindrical Chess?!

NM LogoCzar
| Apr 1, 2021

'Since we don't have eyes on the side of our heads we cannot easily anticipate horizontal moves, especially if they reach from kingside to queenside or vice versa.' - IM Yochanan Afek The purpose of the Vibbert Postulate is to assist in candid...

Puzzle Rush Experiment: Results

Puzzle Rush Experiment: Results

NM LogoCzar
| Aug 27, 2020

'Youth is typically proud of its deep, accurate, and rapid calculation of variations. At that time, Tal was already famous for this quality, and I had no wish to be left behind.' - GM Lev Polugaevsky A couple of months ago, I ran an experiment...

Chill with the Yaac Attack

Chill with the Yaac Attack

NM LogoCzar
| Aug 16, 2020

'I have a unique approach to chess, which I use in my own games as well as to teach my students. I call it the Dacha Approach. It's based on building light and dark in harmony, With the pieces as builders and the pawns as bricks. Both the pieces a...

Join The Puzzle Rush Experiment

Join The Puzzle Rush Experiment

NM LogoCzar
| Jun 27, 2020

"In general terms, I consider that everything in chess rests on tactics. If strategy is the block of marble, then tactics are the chisel with which a master operates to create a work of chess art." - GM Tigran Petrosian (Former World Champion: 196...

Understanding Overprotection in Chess

Understanding Overprotection in Chess

NM LogoCzar
| May 11, 2020

"Each time I leaf through the Chess Praxis, the book that I literally kept under my pillow and read in my childhood like fairytales, I rediscover Nimzowitsch's maxims that, as I understand now, had become the basis for my chess views a long time a...

How I Became A National Master

How I Became A National Master

NM LogoCzar
| Dec 16, 2019

Like Dvoretsky, I think that (all other things being equal), the analytical method of studying chess must give you a colossal advantage over the chess pragmatist, and that there can be no certainty in chess without analysis. —Garry Kasparov ...

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