Topic Suggestions

dpruess

have you done these:

http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course.html?id=302

http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course.html?id=319

http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course.html?id=321

http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course.html?id=318

http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course.html?id=317

http://www.chess.com/chessmentor/view_course.html?id=344

i've got an advanced endgame course coming out april 1st.

dpruess

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!

dpruess

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

TonyH

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. 

hicetnunc

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

WanderingWinder

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.

dpruess

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 :-)

Rikhardr

Stonewall and/or Torre openings.

piopio2705

Is a series of courses CHESS MENTOR
  will continue?

chessext

new courses!?!?!?!?

Pawnpusher3

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

dpruess

thx for the suggestion.

Conflagration_Planet

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

Scottrf

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

Conflagration_Planet
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.

Scottrf

Not that easy, just simple tactics etc.

Conflagration_Planet

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

dpruess

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.

AnthonyCG

Positional pawn sacrifices would be nice.

Conflagration_Planet
dpruess wrote:

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.

Appreciate it. :)