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When to Exchange in Chess by Soltis

Andy Soltis is one author whom I look forward to as he was instrumental in my growth as an chess player with his lucid writing style and simple method to elucidate complex chess finesse. In this book Your Kingdom for My Horse: When to Exchange in Chess – he says that knowing when and what to exchange in chess… is an art that can be learnt with the proper training.

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Roman Dzindzichashvili Chess DVD bundle.

For those of you who are not aware, Roman Dzindzichashvili (Dzindzi for short) was the coach of Garry Kasparov and trained him during the Karpov era in the World Championship Chess match series.He is also famous as a strong GM who has beaten Botvinnik, Bronstein, Tal and Hikaru Nakamura and many more GMs in the US. And why am I talking about him? Because right now, there is a huge discount on Roman Dzindzichashvili Chess DVD bundle – for 1 day, you can get an absolutely insane 60% discount on the complete chess course DVD collection he has authored for players who are interested in improving their chess. Roman’s Lab is a collection of 117 DVD downloads covering every chess topic from individual openings, Repertoire suggestions for long term and short term planning, pawn structure science, to calculation training and endgame mastery. He also is famous for being a tech savvy player who uses the fullest potential of Chess Engines and software in improving Chess training – that is one reason why I like him a lot! One thing I discovered watching his DVD is that he loves to teach.   And that is a quality you too will discover when you watch him. He will start with a brief intro and slowly raise the tempo to draw you in to a state of focus. All this will happen silently. And soon enough you will find that you are glued to the screen. More importantly you will have some doubts that you wished Roman could clear and that is what happens very soon. In those rare instances when he does... read more

Why is Center control important in chess?

Are you a chess player who has mastered the basics but seem lost in limbo land when it comes to winning Chess games? Here is an instructive post-beginners’ course material that will help you attain a decent level of understanding and a rock-solid foundation before entering the club-level and advanced level field. The first question that needs to be understood

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ChessBase Complete: Chess in the Digital Age

ChessBase Complete: Chess in the Digital Age ChessBase Complete: Chess in the Digital Age is a remarkable book, a 356 pages guide that illustrates all aspects of using ChessBase. For those who have been using ChessBase Software (and I am pretty sure atleast 75% of chess players around the world have used it at one point of time or the other) for straight forward game collections and annotations or for mundane tasks like viewing a game or playing a game online, this book will show what ChessBase software is actually capable of doing. Here I beg to disagree just one small bit – though he has done a very good job explaining key features with real-time case studies it can by no means be labelled as ‘complete’. However that does not take any credit away from the utility value of the book which is a path-breaking one. I am sure most of you would have by now figured out a few basic functions in Chessbase, but a lot of the nerdy stuff features are not obvious unless you see them in the true perspective. You may argue that there is a user-manual in the program as is the case with all software, and pretty much is explained in there, but it’s written more with an eye for technicality than utility.  The how is explained but not the why and when. When one opens Chessbase it appears as a mysterious piece of software that appears easy to operate but you get a gut feeling that it has some secrets that are hidden deep inside waiting to be unravelled. After going... read more

Review: Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies

Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies by Ghenrikh Kasparyan is a true treasure trove of many of the greatest chess compositions by various authors, including Kasparyan himself. – well organized and presented. No other book even comes close to its level of organization by topics such as ‘two minor pieces trap a Rook’ or ‘two Rooks trapping a Queen’ so that you can look up specific scenarios according to which game play is involved.
I remember as a kid I was forced

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Dynamic Chess Skills – Start playing the Sicilian Defense

Dynamic Chess Skills – Start playing the Sicilian Defense Did you know that the opening knowledge is essential after you have achieved a decent rating? And what exactly is your choice of openings leading you to…? Are you content with a draw or are you a challenge seeker? If the openings that you play are not offering you practical chances to win, its time to take stock of them. I suggest all budding players to change their openings once in a while so as to have a feel for dynamics. Talking of dynamics I believe all club players and intermediate strength players need to understand that aspect before they try for a win.   And if they do not try for a win then its gonna end in a disaster. And what better way to learn to play dynamically than to play with the Sicilian Opening as Black against 1. e4 that will let you play to win from any position or variation or atleast give you a tangible target to play for. The Sicilian Defense is the most aggressive opening system that you can play as black.  One of my fellow coaches always advises his junior chess players to learn the core concepts of the different variations of the Sicilian Defense to understand most of the strategic middle-game nuances in chess. The resources in that direction are: – Starting Out: The Sicilian (Starting Out – Everyman Chess)This is an INTRODUCTION to the Sicilian, it will give you an overview of the basic plans in the most common lines. I think it is well written, and does not go too... read more

Milestones in Chess and how to achieve them.

Rome was not built in a day. The same with Chess achievements – one brick at a time and the chess Mansion is built. We all know that going slow and steady is what it takes to reach a milestone. But what are the Milestones in Chess, the prerequisites and more importantly

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Chess and Zen

Chess and Zen I read this parable on Chess and Zen as told by Osho. A young man, who had a bitter disappointment in life, went to a remote monastery and said to the Master, ”I am disillusioned with life and wish to attain enlightenment to be freed from these sufferings. But I have no capacity for sticking long at anything. I could never do long years of meditation and study and austerity. I would relapse and be drawn back to the world again, painful though I know it to be. Is there any short way for people like me?” ”There is,” said the Master, ”if you are really determined. Tell me, what have you studied? What have you concentrated on most in your life?””Why, nothing really. We were rich and I did not have to work. I suppose the thing I was really interested in was chess; I spent most of my time at that.” The Master thought for a moment and then said to his attendant, ”Call such-and-such a monk, and tell him to bring a chess board and men.”But the attendant said, ”Sir, that monk does not know how to play chess.”The Master said, ”Don’t be worried. You simply call him.” The monk came with the board and the Master set up the men. He sent for a sword and showed it to the two. ”Oh monk,” he said, ”you have vowed obedience to me as your Master, and now I require it of you. You will play a game of chess with this youth, and if you lose I shall cut off your head with... read more

Smart Chess Training

Most of the beginners and parents start doing something merely by looking at others like learning endings or openings and then wonder why they do not win games. I decided to write this article to help players who are aspiring to improve their chess playing ability and who do not have access to a professional coach or the time for a rigorous disciplined study.

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One brick at a time

One brick at a time. And a Mansion is built. We all know that going slow and steady is what it takes to reach a milestone. But what are the milestones in chess and more importantly, how to keep building and achieving them? Some important milestones in chess:  Grandmaster Title International Master Fide Master Title Candidate master and Decent Fide Rating. While striving to reach these milestones is desirable per se, understanding the way to approach these goals is essential to make the journey smooth and enjoyable. How do we reach (and cross) a milestone? What are the ingredients that make up for a successful accomplishment? How can we maintain the momentum that we had, when we first started? What I really believe in, is the idea that a real journey is no different from a psychological one.   Where there is fun, merriment and company and the journey becomes less tedious and less time consuming. 1. So the first step is to make sure that you are passionate about this. Deeply passionate. By that I mean that your whole day must be focused on this single passion. You can relax and must to but at the end of the day if you did not dwell in your pursuit of chess goals then it is not an earnest endeavor. 2. Form a group that shares your passion.Join a club or make one if there is none!That way the energy levels will be sustained. Back in those days when I was an amateur I used to invite a lot of chess friends and they helped me when my energy was... read more

How important is physical fitness for Chess?

Dear Coach. I wonder if we must take into account the state of our health when we are about to play a chess game. Will it affect our performance and result and if so what are the precautions we need to take to maintain a balance? Yours sincerely – Abhishek. Dear Abhishek. There is one important information that is missing in your question so I will attempt to answer in a comprehensive way. The missing information is regarding online/casual play, or in a serious Chess tournament. Chess is addictive. We continue playing when given a chance regardless of how we are feeling. This is a sure recipe for a loss.In such cases I may not be able to advise you as you will be guided by your mind’s thrill-seeking aspect. Any advice will not be heeded unless you decide when and where to pull the plug. So are my tips on achieving peak performance in Chess that depends on health. 1. My first advice is to play at a time when we are clear-headed. We function better at different times of the day and it varies for person to person.For eg., I play better at night, while you may play at your best in the afternoon. We need to figure out our optimal performance times and play only when we are focused. So as far as mental health is concerned – yes. It is important to play only at high efficiency levels. In case of a serious OTB (over the board) chess tournament game, the stakes are much higher. You need all reserves of energy and must also be... read more

Power of the common Pawn – Chennai (Tiger) Express

This was one brilliant game of technique played by Vishy Anand, that shows how positional understanding is the foundation of all tactics. Its not often you get to see a game that literally keeps you mesmerized. There was some inefficiency by Wesley So but that does not take the credit away from Anand. A champion has to be brave and this is what Anand demonstrated – he showed the Power of the common Pawn today in Shamkir 2015.

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