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  • #161

    hi Kotomitsuki,

    i have edited the mentor courses appearing over the last 3 years that i have worked at chess.com, but i'm not going to go back through hundreds of old lessons from before my time. it's too much work. :(

  • #162
  • #163

    i'll pass the video suggestion on to Danny and Dejan.

    ofc the two Scotch courses may not be in your repertoire-- they aren't in mine. but i still found that i learned some very interesting things about chess from them. so if you were just looking to spend some quality chess time, i thought those might still hold some interest for you.

    cheers!

  • #164
    dpruess wrote:

    hi Kotomitsuki,

    i have edited the mentor courses appearing over the last 3 years that i have worked at chess.com, but i'm not going to go back through hundreds of old lessons from before my time. it's too much work. :(

    Are the lessons computerproof now ( and if, since when )?

    If there are enough lessons with checked examples i would be interested.

  • #165

    no, i don't use a computer to check them.

  • #166

    One lesson that might be good for a lot of players is how openings relate to one another. That studying for instance the scotch can make a player better at the siclian due to similar themes. I recall a game played maybe 6 or 7 years ago by Kortchnoi in a tournament where a 1d4 opening transposed into  essentially a ruy lopez structure. I said Black was lost around move 18 or so and was laughed at by some amateurs. Black did lose because blacks normal counterplay was totally lacking and white was essentially 3 tempi up on typical attacking ideas. 

  • #167

    It would be nice if Silman's ROE course was cleaned : there are many duplicate lessons, which is a bit annoying Undecided

  • #168

    Something on closed positions which aren't necessarily blocked. I'm thinking of 'main-line' (i.e. dxe4) caro-kanns, slavs where dxc4 gets played, philidors, scotches, king's indians, and maroczy binds with exd4, frenches with dxe4, Alekhine's and Scandanavians, maybe some hedgehogs, etc. This class of position is not something that I see get covered a lot - sometimes you see 'oh white has a space advantage, with a small plus, but black is solid'. Fine, but how do you come up with PLANS for both sides? And this kind of position arises or CAN arise out of almost every opening.

  • #169

    yeah. if you are thinking of dc and de type positions those are usually classified as "semi-open" positions. those are really important positions, especially the ones where black is solid. if black has a bad bishop on c8, then they can be less interesting as white's advantage is more significant :-)

  • #170

    Stonewall and/or Torre openings.

  • #171

    Is a series of courses CHESS MENTOR
      will continue?

  • #172

    new courses!?!?!?!?

  • #173

    I would love to see some excellent courses related to the sicilian najdorf as well as complex endings for 1800+ players

  • #174

    thx for the suggestion.

  • #175

    Has Chess Mentor improved for lower rateds since I've been away?

  • #176

    They have some new courses by Alexander King which are for beginners (even the ones labelled intermediate really).

  • #177
    Scottrf wrote:

    They have some new courses by Alexander King which are for beginners (even the ones labelled intermediate really).

    By beginners, do you mean how the pieces move? I'm slightly beyond that. I can't say I'm a beginner any more. I'm obviously not an intermediate. Just a crappy player.

  • #178

    Not that easy, just simple tactics etc.

  • #179

    Oh. Since I do them already, I guess I won't upgrade then. Thanks for the info. :)

  • #180

    are you able to see this page, C_P:

    http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/courses

    it shows you the recently published courses, and the average rating of the lessons in those courses.

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