2 de xan. de 2013
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hai 5 horas

NO COLD FRIEND REQUESTS PLEASE.  If we meet in a tournament and have some good, fair games then I'll add you to my list for future tournaments, and likely join yours.  Otherwise, please stop spamming me.  Regards...



"...basic self-belief is not about thinking you will never go wrong, but that these mistakes don't define you...  You have to see that it's OK to make mistakes."  Jonathan Rowson


September, 2019 - I've been studying chess since 2016 and am still working toward 1) a correspondence (daily) rating of 2000 w/ average opponent rating of 1900+, 2) getting my win% as black above 50% again, and 3) making my "best win" a legit win (as opposed to time out, account closure, etc.).  I'm a correspondence & slow chess kind of guy.  Fast time controls are no fun for me because I suck at fast time controls.  I meet new players in daily tournaments, and if the games are interesting and/or challenging, I add them to my list of invitees (aka my "friends") for the invitational tournaments I host .  Bottom line - I'm here to learn and it's all good clean fun. happy.png   


My approach is:

     1) Establishing an opening repertoire - I play correspondence games ("Daily Chess") exclusively and use many opening references - books, videos, opening databases,'s opening explorer.... basically anything I can get my hands on (no engines during ongoing games).  Because of all the reference material, I usually get decent positions out of the opening, and by virtue of repetition I'm starting to remember certain lines, and more importantly starting to understand some of the strategic/positional concepts in those lines.  

     2) Beginning August 2019, I started annotating games as they progress.  Shocking news...  I'm actually playing better chess - not great chess, but better chess - with only 3 losses out of 33 games in August-September (not including wins on time).  Yes, I've had a lot of generous help from some opponents, and yes I'm playing far fewer concurrent games than I have in the past, but the process of articulating plans, ideas & decisions while the game is in progress has had a noticeable impact in minimizing "speed blunders" and helping me find tactical ideas I might otherwise overlook.  It also helps guide my post-game analysis by having a record of what I was thinking during the game.  

     3) Post-game Analysis - Still running engine analysis of all my completed games, and now comparing my on-the-fly annotations with the engine eval of the finished game.

     4)  Tactics, Tactics, Tactics - Still overlooking tactics, both mine and my opponent's.  Still trying to do ~20 puzzles most days, and still seeing more ideas when I'm doing this consistently.

     5)  Study - Books and tournament commentary are my "teachers"... so much material, so little time.  The tournament commentary that's available these days is off the charts fantastic.  Any aspiring chess player would do well to soak in as much as you have time for.  Currently working through some middlegame books by Euwe/Kramer & Romanovsky.


I look forward to solid, challenging games and wish you the best in all your endeavors, chess or otherwise.



"I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book."  Groucho Marx


Chess related reading/study material I’ve found helpful in one way or another:

Jacob Aagaard "Excelling at..."

     All the "Excelling at..." titles are worth your time.  A fair amount of

     overlap, but enough unique material in each to justify looking at them.

Ward Farnsworth “Predator at the Chessboard”

Nick de Firmian “Modern Chess Openings”

Mauricio Flores Rios "Chess Structures:  A Grandmaster Guide"

Dan Heisman "A Guide to Chess Improvement", "Back to Basics - Tactics", "The improving Chess Thinker", and "Elements of Positional Evaluation"

     There is A LOT of overlap in Heisman's books.  If you only have time/energy/money for

      one, go with "A Guide to Chess Improvement".  And if you've read all the Novice Nook articles,

      you've already read most of that too. 

Muller & Lamprecht “Fundamental Chess Endings”

John Nunn "Understanding Chess Middlegames"

     - especially helpful was the section on material imbalances

Jonathan Rowson “Chess for Zebras”, “The Seven Deadly Chess Sins”

    - both Rowson titles are HIGHLY recommended

Sam Shankland "Small Steps to Giant Improvements..."

    - Hey Sam...  When can we expect Vol. 2?

Andrew Soltis "Pawn Structure Chess", "GM Secrets - Openings", "GM Secrets - Endings"

Paul van der Sterren “Fundamental Chess Openings”

Mihai Suba "Dynamic Chess Strategy"

Vladimir Vukovic "The Art of Attack in Chess"

John Watson “Secrets of Modern Chess Strategy”, “Mastering the Chess Openings, Vol's 1-4”

Alex Yermolinsky “The Road to Chess Improvement”

…and the video tutorials are also highly recommended, especially the video series on pawn structures ("In your face camel cake!!").