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Lesson 3: Beware a draw offer from a stronger player

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

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The beauty of pattern recognition in chess

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

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Review – 2016

If I had to sum up the calendar year 2016, I would say it was a year of distilling my study plan and approach, and remembering there is more to life than chess. Here is a quick run-through of where … Continue reading

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Review – November 2016

From a chess point of view, October was a non-event. I was away on holiday for two weeks, had visitors for a few days and spent a lot of time on work (a few big tasks all delivering at the … Continue reading

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Review – September 2016 – Tactics, tactics, tactics

I am glad to report that I have continued to stick to the undertaking I made at the end of July to not change my study plan for at least the rest of 2016. This means that I do a … Continue reading

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Is Practice Enough?

Anders Ericsson’s work on deliberate practice was popularised by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, the source of the oft-quoted 10,000 hour rule. I am a partial believer in Ericsson’s work. I believe that nobody could master (not ‘be very good at’, but ‘master’) a … Continue reading

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Review – August 2016

I made an undertaking last month, and guess what? I stuck to it. Yes, August was officially the first month in 2016 where I did not change my study approach! That said, I did not spend a lot of time … Continue reading

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