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An ABC of chess

Exeter Chess Club: An ABC of Chess

Here's a mental toolkit for the improving chess player.

  I think that for each of these elements there are different levels of understanding e.g. bad Bishop

1) I've heard of it!

2) I know what it is and could explain it to a junior.

3) I understand enough to make use of the idea in a game.

Two Open Games

Exeter Chess Club: 2 Open Games

From 200 Open Games by David Bronstein (DESCRIPTIVE)
The games and stories are a joy.

THE SCOURGE OF CHAMPIONS

White: F. Duz-Khotimirsky

Moscow 1954, match 'Lokomotiv' v. 'Dinamo'

  It is commonly thought that chess is a game for silent people. As soon as my opponent had played P-KB4 I suddenly heard an angry:

  'And I'm having no refusal! Accept the sacrifice! If you don't take the pawn I won't continue the game!'

Chess Notation

Algebraic and descriptive notations

[There is a more detailed explanation of notation and more of the symbols available.]

  Here is the board, labelled using both systems of notation (text-only browsers: see below for pre-formatted version!)

Algebraic
Descriptive (from Black's side)
Descriptive (from White's side)

 

Defending against 1.d4

I've tackled this a few years ago (12!?) in a http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/contentlaying-black-against-queens-pawn-op... big document for class C/D players. If that no longer satisfies, perhaps have a browse below:

Choosing a main defence to combat 1.d4/2.c4 depends partly on style, partly on how it fits in with the rest of your repertoire, and partly on how much appetite you and your opponents have for study.nbsp; I've given a list here with how the defence works... on a good day! Remember

Your Chess Profile

pIsh 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.nbsp; 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.

Mopping Up

There were three issues raised at the start of the summer that I haven't dealt with yet, and thought I'd offer some reflection.  It turned out that the people who wanted to work on these issues aren't around at the moment, so I might come back to these!
  1. Making practice (at club and at home) really helpful in terms of improvement
    That would be a good thing to solve!  Well, in many ways I've tried to promote and model this over the last few years, so I will be brief here.

Dealing with Complexity

21st July 09. Dealing with complexity

[I'll tidy up the examples soon, but the advice stands alone I think]

I don't think I've got enough for a whole session on this, and the Sicilian is a good setting to talk about it.  To warm up, have a go at this one:

Fridrik Olafsson
Svetozar Gligoric

Los Angeles (1)
1963

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