Started in Chess at 40, and Became a Chess Master

RoaringPawn
Ziryab wrote:

I read this in a book:

"A pin is a restrictive contact.

Pins, forks, and skewers can be executed by rooks and queens along ranks and files. Bishops and queens can execute these tactical patterns along diagonals. When two pieces occupy the same rank, file, or diagonal, they become vulnerable to these attacks—rook or bishop forks, pins, and skewers.

The several types of contacts described in this book are elucidated in much more detail in Yuri Averbakh, Chess Tactics for Advanced Players (1992). There are few other books, however, that employ Averbakh’s terminology. Essential Tactics is distinctive in this respect. While teaching young players, I have found this notion of contacts useful for promoting understanding."

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Chess folks, I've been doing contacts between chessmen for ten years now after I observed this game in an after-school program here in Atlanta, 1.e4 d5 2.Bd3 Bg4 3.exd5 and so on. It wasn't first time I'd seen "chess blindness in action", but on that particular occasion something told me there's something rotten in the Kingdom of Chess, Department of early education.

I started intensively to research about possible reasons for such utmost blindness, and over time came across Nimzovich article in Shakhmatny listok from 1929, Averbakh's Middlegame and later Tactics for Advanced Players, the theory behind complex systems, etc.

Now I have to reveal something to you. James Stripes from Spokane, WA, aka @Ziryab was the first to understand the far-reaching positive impact the mindshift from the moves to the contacts together with the moves may have on early chess education.

Next came FM Carl Strugnell aka hardman Karl "The Hustler" Ouch from Wales who also recognized the contacts benefits.

So there are now perhaps 5-6 people in the entire world who use the contacts Before the moves approach (here is, for example what the British coach Jim Stevenson has to say about the contacts first method in The Belgrade method for complete beginners trial ).

You can see very few Contacts "scholars"happy.png which is not unusual when there is a paradigm shift in a domain. Think Copernicus. Sixty years after his Revolutions there were only about 15 astronomers in all of Europe supporting the new idea that Earth revolves around Sun, and not the other way round (you may want to read more in my PRINCIPIA SCACCHORUM, Part 12: Was Nimzovich a Big Damned Fool?)

RoaringPawn
Ziryab wrote:

The several types of contacts described in this book are elucidated in much more detail in Yuri Averbakh, Chess Tactics for Advanced Players (1992). There are few other books, however, that employ Averbakh’s terminology. Essential Tactics is distinctive in this respect. While teaching young players, I have found this notion of contacts useful for promoting understanding."

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XKG1VZD/

James, thanks for the link. As far as I know, your Essential Tactics: Building a Foundation for Chess Skill is the first attempt to explain chess structure and function via the contacts in the early period of learning.

Averbakh elaborated the idea in Tactics for Advanced Players. Now if you think about it, advanced players wouldn't become advanced if they hadn't mastered piece relationships on their own, the hard way, over a long period of time thru experience, so it has become their second nature.

Compare a Nobel-prize winner in literature who goes over the rules of Grammar. Wouldn't make sense, don't you think? (by the way, grammar is about structure (syntax) and meaning (semantics) of language in the same way the piece contacts are about structure and meaning in chess! -- read more about how the structure and meaning logic is shared across domains in math, language, coding, football).

So the contacts are useful concept, I would say beginner's indispensable mental tool for bringing up meaning and  better understanding in the first critical period of learning.

 

Mikael2011

RoaringPawn пишет:

You have never played chess, known no rules, a complete blank slate. You then take up chess and play in the National Championship with the best players of the country in several years?

Chess folks, do you think this is really feasible at all?

Your thoughts, please.

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You may also want to vote:

1) POSSIBLE

2) IMPOSSIBLE, of course

3) WHO KNOWS

4) ARE YOU MOCKING ME?

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photo Jay Anaughe, London

RoaringPawn пишет: You have never played chess, known no rules, a complete blank slate. You then take up chess and play in the National Championship with the best players of the country in several years?Chess folks, do you think this is really feasible at all?Your thoughts, please..You may also want to vote:1) POSSIBLE2) IMPOSSIBLE, of course3) WHO KNOWS4) ARE YOU MOCKING ME?.photo Jay Anaughe, London

Savage47

RoaringPawn wrote:

You have never played chess, known no rules, a complete blank slate. You then take up chess and play in the National Championship with the best players of the country in several years?

Chess folks, do you think this is really feasible at all?

Your thoughts, please.

.

You may also want to vote:

1) POSSIBLE

2) IMPOSSIBLE, of course

3) WHO KNOWS

4) ARE YOU MOCKING ME?

.

 

photo Jay Anaughe, London

Is that Dave Chapelle? 

 

RoaringPawn

@Savage47 found the pic who knows where online, it could be

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