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

A Thinking Process

I 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 laziness...

I have struggled with this issue all my life, it seems. There has to be something which balances the thorough with the realistic.

For juniors, I have been playing around with a THINking scheme, which was really driven by the need to correct some common errors; it goes:

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

Coaching for Juniors

[all] 13th May 2007. Coaching 2007 Part 1: Juniors

My congratulations to my esteemed friend and occasional team-mate Mark Abbott, who put on another ten points to his grade last year.nbsp; When we played last year in the summer, I discovered he had played about 70 match and tournament games over the season, while I barely played 20.nbsp; It's a harsh realisation, but I think I'm never going to improve while playing so little.nbsp; But I did have a better tournament [this year

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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