Tag Archives: tactics

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 – February 2016

‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free, ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be, And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill be in the valley of love … Continue reading

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Review – January 2016

Following a fairly dismal second half of 2015 (especially the last quarter) I was downgraded on the ECF’s December ratings update to 103 (1473 Elo), a drop of around 37 Elo points. Not a disaster, but a hiccup in my … Continue reading

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Why you should keep an accurate scoresheet

Playing over the board requires a different skill-set to playing online. One of the key differences is the requirement to write down your moves on a scoresheet. There are several reasons for this requirement, one of which is that you … Continue reading

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Sample Study Plan

Now that I have explained the various aspects of my chess study plan, I thought it would be worth showing an example of what this looks like in summary. I allocate around two hours per day to chess and a … Continue reading

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My Chess Study Plan – Tactics

Richard Teichmann famously declared that “Chess is 99% tactics”. Some players and authors disagree though. In a recent article on GM Nigel Davies’ site, The Chess Improver, contributor Hugh Patterson eloquently challenged the view that tactics should be studied at … Continue reading

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