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The Best Investment You Can Make...

The Best Investment You Can Make...

GM Illingworth
| 8 hrs ago

If your chess rating is over 2000, you've probably asked yourself questions like...โฃโฃWhat is the best way to ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž in improving my chess?โฃโฃWhat will give me the ๐›๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ง ๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ for my money? โฃโฃI've always wanted to become a ches...

Dear Humans

Dear Humans

JackieTheWriter
| 14 hrs ago

Changed my handle, yep, suits me better. I also to decided to go hardcore on the book (Chasing the Dragon) - this is turning into something I will do in a serious manner. Started the blog as a sidething to what I usally write (still gonna post)...

What the Sensei taught me

What the Sensei taught me

NM bennyficial
| 1 day ago

I am a long-time fan of the content of ChessDojo's IM Kostya Kavutskiy, and I always particularly enjoy it when he does round-by-round tournament recap videos on YouTube. The format of chess video, of course, has exploded in recent years, as IM Le...

Endgame Skills - Blockading Passed Pawns

Endgame Skills - Blockading Passed Pawns

FangBo
| 2 days ago

I would like to share a game I played yesterday, which proves that endgames often have more tactical resources than you might think. One key theme in this game is pieces getting tangled. tangled pieces When you have a 3x3 grid of s...

Tata Steel 2022 - Rounds 7+8 Recap

Tata Steel 2022 - Rounds 7+8 Recap

GM Illingworth
| 2 days ago

Would you like to learn all the important lessons from Rounds 7 and 8 of the Tata Steel tournament?If so, then my video coverage of the event, with my daily recaps, are perfect for you Here is my recap of Round 7, starting with the coverage of Dub...

A Century of Chess: Lasker-Tarrasch 1908

A Century of Chess: Lasker-Tarrasch 1908

kahns
| 3 days ago

The long-overdue match between Lasker and Tarrasch finally took place in 1908. They had been the two best players in the world since the early 1890s (with a brief interruption by Pillsbury). Tarrasch had been proposed for a world championship with...

A Year in Blogging

A Year in Blogging

colorfulcake
| 3 days ago

Almost a month into the year, and I've finally figured out my plan for blogging in 2022. This purpose of this post is solely to lay out my design and schedule for my posting in 2022, and to look back on what I've posted since I started. I began ...

I Don't Know What To Play Vs. 1.d4

I Don't Know What To Play Vs. 1.d4

GM Illingworth
| 4 days ago

Perhaps the most common opening struggle for chess players is: 'What do I play against 1.d4?'Even a lot of advanced players struggle to settle on a long-term defence to 1.d4 that they are happy with. That's why I recorded a video detailing the p...

Wilhelm Steinitz

Wilhelm Steinitz

DonMcKim
| 6 days ago

Wilhelm (William) Steinitz (1836-1900) is acknowledged as the first World Chess Champion. He reigned for eight years, from 1886-1894. During that time, he defended his title three times before he lost. In retrospect, Steinitz claimed to have been ...

Webinar 111. Basic Endgame Plans

Webinar 111. Basic Endgame Plans

FM Gertsog
| 6 days ago

Dear Chess Friends! I know many of you struggle with plans and planning. You know that middlegame plans are usually the result of how you played the opening. If you know openings well, you probably also know typical midd...

Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

GM Illingworth
| 6 days ago

What exactly are 'hidden gems' in chess?One example would be a drawn chess game with many valuable lessons, that most people missed because they thought 'Oh, it's just a boring draw' without looking deeper at the game.Another example is a great po...

Ultimate Sensei 2 Finale - Predictions

Ultimate Sensei 2 Finale - Predictions

IM ChessDojo
| 7 days ago

After 10 weeks of training, and testing each other in tactics, endgames, and exhibition matches, the 8 contestants will face off in a match-tournament this weekend, Jan 22-23, to see which coach has done the best job of improving their students an...

Game analysis

Game analysis

IM MatBobula
| 7 days ago

Based on my experience, I identified the most common mistakes and created the FREE course to overcome them. Sign up, follow instructions in the next 10 weeks and you will make significant progress during this time. You can sign up for the course...

Spotting and Avoiding Tactics

Spotting and Avoiding Tactics

NM danheisman
| 8 days ago

Getting Better at Chess for Everyone May 2016 There are basically three ways a tactic can occur, both for and against you: The opponent makes a threat for a tactic (or a check or capture) which either can't be met, or can be, but is missed...

Comparing Candidate Moves

Comparing Candidate Moves

NM danheisman
| 8 days ago

Get Better at Chess for Everyone #3 June 2016   "When you see a good move, don't play it. Look for a better one." This is the Number 1 principle in chess. Over the years I have added for my students: "...You are trying to find the b...

How to Play When You're Winning Easily

How to Play When You're Winning Easily

NM danheisman
| 8 days ago

Get Better at Chess for Everyone July 2016: How to Play When You're Winning Easily In all sports, you play much differently when you are winning easily: In baseball, if you are leading 8-0 in the 8th inning, you would not pull your fresh r...

Losing on Time is Much Worse Than Making Bad Moves

Losing on Time is Much Worse Than Making Bad Moves

NM danheisman
| 8 days ago

Several years ago I played a series of 20 0 (20 minutes per game with no increment) games against an expert-level opponent. Being the better player, I often found myself in superior positions as time ran lower. For the sake of argument, let's say ...

In Defense of Chess Coaching

In Defense of Chess Coaching

NM danheisman
| 8 days ago

[Scene: Courtroom hearing on Chess Coaching. Dan on witness stand, a few hundred inquisitive spectators watching the proceedings...] Bard: You are aware of the accusation that chess coaches can't really help people play chess better - that they ...

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