- I am a 46-year old chess player with a goal to be the best chess player I can be. I hope you find some value from following my experiences.
Found something of Value?
- Estimating your Elo rating
- Lesson 3: Beware a draw offer from a stronger player
- Lesson 2: When ahead, don’t overthink
- Lesson 1: On (almost) every move, consider ALL Checks, Captures and Threats
- The beauty of pattern recognition in chess
- Book Review: “Deep Work” by Cal Newport
- Latest ECF Ratings
- Review – 2016
- Book Review: “Mindset” by Carol Dweck
- Chessable Review
- Review – November 2016
- Review – September 2016 – Tactics, tactics, tactics
- Is Practice Enough?
- Review – August 2016
- Review – June and July 2016
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Back to Lesson 2 When I play a much stronger player, my thought process is sometimes affected. On the one hand I feel I have the freedom to play aggressively and more instinctively, because a loss would not be unexpected. … Continue reading
Back to Lesson 1 This is not a ‘sexy’ lesson with a big wow-moment, but it is the sort of subtle thing which is often overlooked. My opponent, rated 1150, made life difficult for himself out of the opening, having … Continue reading
This position arose in one of my recent games. White is better here to the tune of about +6, partly because of the knight on the great c6-outpost, the pressure on the backward c-pawn and the superior dark squared bishop. My … Continue reading
Focussing on patterns in chess is a good idea. Depending on who you listen to, the number of patterns a chess player knows could be the difference between being mediocre and good, or between being a master and a grandmaster. This … Continue reading
“Men of genius themselves were great only by bringing all their power to bear on the point on which they decided to show their full measure.” – Antonin-Dalmace Sertillanges, The Intellectual Life, as quoted in Deep Work p.35. Cal Newport is an … Continue reading