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Openings Workshop 2010

22nd_June_2010: Openings workshop

The simpler and more specific queries were dealt with first:

Summer Coaching 2010

A bird's eye view of repertoires

When and where to attack (Steinitz' accumulation theory)

How not to beat Andrew Greet

An account of our Christmas simul

Genial Cornish giant Andrew Greet came to show us how it was done before Christmas, and I'm sorry it's taken me this long to catch up and do some notes.  Bob Jones was generous and prompt in his transcription of the games to PGN, so please don't blame him!

Swindles

Diligent explorers of this website may have found a little collection of the finest swindles that I had perpetrated in my career, up to the point where I established this website.  I pulled off another one so appalling that I thought it too should be displayed as a dreadful warning to others.  The serendipity of life ensured that a week or two before, hot new signing Tim Paulden had pulled off a win when a piece down in an endgame, and a week or two after, I witnessed Ian Jamieson come out with a win in a position that the most sympathetic reading would say was unpromising.

Defending against 1.d4

Your Chess Profile

Ish has been kind enough to give me his copy of Igor Khmelnizky's Chess Exam and Training Guide.  You remember me banging on a couple of years ago about knowing your chess profile, having an idea of what your strengths and weaknesses are?  Well, this book does what I was telling you to do: it gives you a rating for a set of diverse features.  So, if your study of your own games gives you no clues, or you'd like a second opinion, I think you can't do better than this book.

What you see with your mind

"Sight is what you see with your eyes, Vision is what you see with your mind." http://lessons.chessvision. net/

There is a gap between what is under your nose and what you actually notice. It's the gap between what is obvious once your opponent lands a punch and what you did failed to see beforehand...

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Chess Quotes

"The older I grow, the more I value Pawns."
— -- KERES