Elements of a chess profile

So, last week we launched the summer coaching sessions.  I explained the idea of the profile, and went on to ask everyone to complete the 3+3 exercise described below:
  • Three things I do well (or try to do well)
  • Three things I do badly (or want to do better)

The items were written onto coloured sticky notes, and I arranged thinto rough groups on a table.  Doubtless other arrangements were equally legitimate.  The idea was for everyone

Coaching for Adults

I'll be running some more coaching sessions over the summer, which might mean a poke around on the website.

When we first started running coaching sessions in the early 1990s, the set-up was a bit different.  We had lots of handouts on paper, we had a separate room to go and be noisy in, and there wasn't an awful lot of help available.

Over a decade on, where are we?

Well, one thing that is going to be the same is the self-help feel of the sessions.  I'm not that good a player to pose as an expert and

Clock control

Or, The Thirty-Third Piece

A. Introduction

Chess is played not with 32 pieces, but 33: the handling of the extra piece, the clock, sometimes being the deciding factor.

  Time trouble is the most obvious manifestation of clock difficulties but there are other symptoms: I remember Brian Hewson being irritated just on principle that I had played an automatic move in a tense position - after the game it became clear that I had missed a mate in three at that point.

Openings for Black and White

Subject: Re: Help needed: Any similar black and white opening systems?

References: < 4e0avl$947@newsbf02.news.aol.com >

In article < 4e0avl$947@newsbf02.news.aol.com > mlkienholz@aol.com
 (Mlkienholz) writes:

>Hi netters,
>Does anyone have any advice for selecting an opening system? I have been
>that this is my achilles heel. What I'm looking for is a black and white
>system that has similar objectives, like maybe the Sicilian and the
>But I'd also like to find something that is flexible, and useful against

Visualization/Analysis in Chess

From: rook@IslandNet.com (Dan Scoones)
Newsgroups: rec.games.chess.misc
Subject: Re: Visualization/Analysis in Chess
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 1997 07:43:26 GMT
Organization: Island Net in Victoria, B.C. Canada
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On Wed, 15 Jan 97 02:36:49 GMT, enyoung@bellatlantic.net (Eugene N.
Young) wrote:

>... how does a good chess player calculate mentally, ie, 
>what is the mental process by which he/she "sees" many moves ahead?? Is it 

Why do we lose?

Peter Lane, 13th September 1996

After a season of mixed results, it is time to go back over some of the more painful losses, and ask: `Why did I lose?', and `how can I avoid this in future?' Here I divide up losses into three basic types, and to avoid too much self-pity, my examples begin with those where my opponent was the loser!

1. The Blunder

There are many ways of losing a game of chess. Ever popular is the blunder. At the beginning of a game, this can provide a few extra

Exeter Chess Club Simul 1995

Exeter Chess Club: Simultaneous Display Post Mortem

[Index to games at end of page]

  Although he obviously knows a lot of theory International Master Gary Lane wasn't out to play right down the line - he deviated in the sharper bits of theory against Mark and Steve. Rather, he played mostly solidly - certainly in only a few games did he set out for mate straight away. His opening repertoire leaned heavily on his published books (Ruy Lopez, Bishop's Opening, Closed

Book review: Danger in chess - Avni

[This review first appeared in KingPin]

Danger in Chess: How to avoid making blunders

Amatzia Avni (121pp, Cadogan Chess, 1994) [[sterling]]9.99
ISBN 1-85744-057-9

  This is a great little book, from an Israeli psychologist and chess-player, on a subject that must be on every chess-player's list of New Year Resolutions: I will not overlook pieces en prise, I will not miss a mate in two... Avni takes a brisk


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