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Blumenfeld's Rule

Just done a quick whizz through the site to patch up all mentions of Blumenfeld's advice (which was passed on by Kotov and Webb in their best known books).  The advice is:

Blumenfeld's rule:

The Canon

Dr. Dave's Canon of Instructional Chess Games

You see the same tired old examples in every instructional book, and all over this website. Why not put them all in a PGN file? You can play along with most of the games on this site from this page or another one. This needs a better index(left), but here they are:
  • Hover mouse over board squares to see extra controls e.g. b2 = toggle autoplay, b5 = search, a5 = repeat last search, f3 = next game, f8 = shortcuts help

Tim's Tactics

Many thanks to Tim for volunteering this excellent tactics work-out

Update 2015:

Themes discussed were:
Forcing moves: checks captures and threats
Loose pieces
Trapped Kings
Moves that SMITE

Thinking

13th_July_2010: Thinking

A thinking task (de Groot)

Six positions to consider; pick one, perhaps the one in the top left.  Now, I want you not just to think up a move, but notice how you think it up.  You will need to write down your thoughts, or get someone to write while you think.  Off you go, take as long as you like.

Openings Workshop 2010

The simpler and more specific queries were dealt with first:

Some introductory remarks

Some signs of trouble:

EG: Two recent dismal examples - Exeter Chess Club [D10]

A problem in the Stonewall Attack

Maybe the answer is a different system!

EG: Stonewall Attack - Dilemma [D05]

Defending against the King's Gambit

Some ideas for Black

EG: King's Gambit - Suggestions for Black [C35]

The Sicilian for beginners

The Sicilian is not for beginners!

EG: Starting out with - the Sicilian [B92]

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