Coaching

Dr.Dave's Brain Sharpening Kit

Sorry if that sounds a bit alarming!  What I mean is, after the summer break, you might find that your usual tactical sharpness has gone a bit rusty. 

To get back to your normal diamond-honed sharpness, you just need you get your eye back in with some practice.

Some things to practice are:

Summer Coaching 2012

Summer Coaching 2012

Suggested programme so far - watch this page for updates!

19 June Open session - bring along a game (or preferably send one to me in advance)

26 June Endgame workout

03 July Open session - bring along a game (or preferably send one to me in advance)

10 July Isolated Queen's Pawns - what's that all about?

17 July Open session - bring along a game (or preferably send one to me in advance)

24 July ...

A game for analysis by juniors, from the BCF (answers)

[Event "Game for analysis"]
[Site "analysis: BCF example"]
[Date "1995.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "BCF example game for analysis"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E09"]
[PlyCount "55"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. O-O 6... c6 {
[DIAGRAM]  a. Can you suggest a more active line for Black instead of this move?} (6...
c5 {*N.B. all answers are DR's and not BCF's!*}) 7. Nbd2 7... O-O {[DIAGRAM]  b. Would

A game for analysis by juniors, from the BCF (questions)

[Event "Game for analysis"]
[Site "analysis: BCF example"]
[Date "1995.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "BCF example game for analysis"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E09"]
[PlyCount "55"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Be7 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. O-O 6... c6 {
[DIAGRAM]  a. Can you suggest a more active line for Black instead of this move?} 7. Nbd2 7... O-O {[DIAGRAM]  b. Would
7...dxc4 be better than this move? Give a simple reason for your answer.} (7...

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).nbsp; The advice is:br / pBlumenfeld's rule:/p blockquote"emIt often happens that a player carries out a deep and complicated calculation, but fails to spot something elementary right at the first move. In order to avoid such gross blunders, the Soviet master B. Blumenfeld made this recommendation:-br / When you have finished your calculations, write down the move you have decided upon on the score sheet. Then examine the position for

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.

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