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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Join a Thousand Other Chess Fans

Recently ChessVideoGuy Youtube channel hit a milestone that I had anticipated for a while, but was pleased to see finally happen, as the thousandth person subscribed to my channel.

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Let me know if there are any particular topics you’d like me to cover in future videos, otherwise, just feel free to watch existing almost 200 videos I made over the last decade, and … subscribe.

Friday, April 10, 2015

The Break – Learn from Schlechter, Botvinnik and Kramnik – eBook

This week I published another book that summarizes my findings from many years of analysis and studying a specific chess topic.
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This book presents the games of three positional geniuses and focuses on pawn play and pawn breaks. In this collection you will learn to use unexpected pawn moves for:

  • Opening up files or diagonals
  • Directly attacking opponent's king
  • Gaining space
  • Freeing up a square (e.g. as an outpost for a knight)
  • Undermining opponent's pawn structure/chain
  • Creating a passed pawn

The Break – Learn from Schlechter, Botvinnik and Kramnik is now available in the kindle store and on Kobo.

Here is the table of contents with the links to all the games and training exercises that are analyzed in this ebook:

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Computer Precision in a Historic Endgame – Karpov–Kasparov, 1984, game 9

Karpov – Kasparov 1984 match – game 9
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In his recent book, Kasparov comments that 66… Bh1 has not found any refutation yet. It is now possible to say that there never will be any refutation because this 8 piece endgame can be completely pre-computed with FinalGen. It is a draw indeed, and Bh1 is the only move! In the game, Kasparov played Bb7 and lost…
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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Studying Chess Openings – How to Track Your Progress

It is not enough to develop an opening repertoire, it also needs to be continuously refined and practiced. Here is a quick tutorial on how to do this with a free version of Chess Position Trainer. I had previously posted a video tutorial on this tool.
Step 1 – Import Repertoire from PGN file
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For now I imported my White Repertoire, which I have been long maintaining in a pgn file/database.
Step 2 – Choose variations to practice
As a starting point, I’d like to limit my practice to Sicilian and Scandinavian defences.
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Step 3 – Track your progress
In training mode – alternate between “Only New” and “Only Learned”
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Right now, I have only practiced 28 positions out of over 3000, so I have long ways to go, but this gives me a clear picture of where I am at!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Best Place Online for Playing Rated 15 minute Chess games at the expert/master level?

Question for the readers - I am in the low 2200 in my national, FIDE, and ICC standard ratings, and I want to get a few 15 minute games a week on ICC to meet some of my yearly goals.  However, lately am finding I have to wait for a long time to get a game against opponent rated above 2000 on ICC. Otherwise the quality of games tends to be lower than what I see in the local chess tournaments, so this is a less than optimal situation. Is there a better option in terms of other playing sites?

In addition to ICC, I am open to looking at ChessPlanet, Lichess, PlayChess, newly launched Fide playing zone, etc, but want to hear if any of the readers have better experiences with getting slower games?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

One Good Game - Improving Chess Results by Focusing on Quality of Play

While the focus of a chessplayer is usually on the quantifiable aspects of the game, such as rating, points, prizes, the quality of play is often not paid much attention to, and for no good reason. Rather than aiming for a certain result, such as 75 % of points, I’d like to recommend another approach.

In a given tournament - try to play one good game that you can be proud of! 

But what about the rest of the tournament? The reason for my advice is simple. If in a single tournament, a player is able to have one game where they play consistently well in the opening, middlegame and endgame – I believe that a good overall tournament result will follow along, and one would not have to worry about it. It is also easier to focus on playing strong moves, rather than trying to calculate your expected post-event rating after each round. And as it happens in life too, we can only be responsible for our efforts and actions, not for their outcome.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Rook Endgames – Study Guide Ebook is Published

After 15 years of reviewing my analysis of many interesting rook endgames, it was a good time to summarize and make the findings public.
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This book expands on my article from "En Passant" magazine from many years back, and in it you will learn:
  • The real reason to analyze your games
  • What latest chess software can reveal about complicated endgames
  • How to properly assign roles to a king and a rook in endgames with passed pawns on both flanks
  • How to study any type of endgame that you are interested in
  • In which opening variation you can surprise the opponent with a prepared idea on move 33
“Rook Endgames – Study Guide” book is now available in the kindle store.

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