Know Yourself

pFrom Evolution to Intelligent Design by Ish Ramdewarbr / br / How can I get better at chess? This is the question that most players in any club are asking. One answer is to play games. Playing games gives experience, and is an essential element of improvement. But simply playing games with no reflection on mistakes made is tantamount to evolution: A very effective process that produces amazingly advanced and adapted results. If given millions of years!br / br / So, how then to reflect on your own chess in order to move from trial

Are you sitting comfortably?

pI'll soon fix that.../p pFirst, we discussed some statements from Jonathan Rowson (span style="font-style: italic;"Chess for Zebras/span), who very nearly said: br / /p p style="margin-left: 40px;"span style="font-style: italic;"Chess is more a game of skill than a game of knowledge./span/p pHe did indeed say:br / /p p style="margin-left: 40px;""span style="font-weight: bold;"Improvement begins at the edge of your comfort zone/span" (p.14)/p p[a href=""Vygotsky/a! shouted Ish.]/p

Wise words

The wisest things anybody ever said about chess improvement:br / table style="text-align: left; width: 80%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" border="0" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2" tbody tr td style="vertical-align: top;""br / /td td style="vertical-align: top;"...Almost all players lose the overwhelming majority of their games not because of things they don#8217;t know, but because of not consistently applying things they do / /td td style="vertical-align: top;"br / /td td style="vertical-align: top;""br / /td /tr

Summer Coaching 2009

Some members have asked if I plan to do some coaching sessions again this year and I am of course :br / 1 flattered to be asked,br / 2 happy to do it,br / 3 hopeful of receiving your suggestions, andbr / 4 grateful for any offers of / br / You all know the starting point by now:br / br / List three things about playing chess that you are good at (or likebr / doing):br / 1br / 2br / 3br / br / List three things about playing chess that you are not so good at and want to improve:br / 1br / 2br / 3br / br /

Annotating games

p I've never annotated a game. Could be interesting. Perhaps you couldbr / send me a game and I'll try to annotate it without computer. Might showbr / you my thinking. br / br / /p pThe games that are most valuable to annotate are your own games, (but maybe in future it might be a good exercise to look at somebody else's). I think it's a good discipline to look at all of your serious games at least briefly after the game with your opponent, then again at home with some software, and record your thoughts./p pI'm happy for people to use a computer to reveal any tactical

Chess Psychology

Special lecture by Ish Ramdewar

Chess Psychology- It's all in the mind! 


How Not To Play Chess

by Ish

I did an analysis on all my games this season, and I found that when I lost, it was mostly because of something wrong in my thought processes. Usually, I just got lazy! This is the number one reason I dropped points or half points! I trusted to instinct what I could have worked out. In no game did I drop below 5 minutes on the clock at any point, and only once below 10 minutes.

Do chessplayers think?

The late Simon Webb had a wonderful idea a while ago, to record chessplayers of different strengths for 10 minutes while they considered a chess position.  He published them in Barry Wood's old CHESS magazine in the 1970s, and I've used them before with groups.  We tried this last week; I gave them all this position:

Fridrik Olafsson
Svetozar Gligoric

Los Angeles (1)

No. 1

Position for analysis from Simon Webb

A Thinking Process

pI often think, only a correspondence player has the luxury of adopting a genuinely consistent thinking process. The rest of us have to contend with the clock, our emotions, our / /p pI have struggled with this issue all my life, it seems. There has to be something which balances the thorough with the realistic./p pFor juniors, I have been playing around with a THINking scheme, which was really driven by the need to correct some common errors; it goes:/p table style="text-align: left; width: 80%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"


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