A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Seven

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I was asked a question during the Thanksgiving holiday that led to an interesting conversation, one worth interrupting this series of articles to present. It not only has to do with chess but with nearly everything else we do in life. The question was simple enough, why bother learning how to play chess? The answer, … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Seven”

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A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Six

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I realized that I’d been suggesting that readers practice what they’ve learned in this series of articles playing against chess apps or software. I thought this to be good advice, since you can always stop a game and try again with no penalty. While there is no substitute for siting down and playing against another … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Six”

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A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Five

Much of the last week, I was asked a specific question, how much theory should I study and how often should I put that theory into play (practice)? I was going to finish the game we’ve been analyzing this week but realized that this question might be on the minds of those reading this series … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Five”

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A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Four

Last week, we moved further towards the end of the game we are analyzing. We applied the games principles we have studied thus far to determine why each move was made. While this game doesn’t end in a traditional endgame, there are a few endgame elements that will appear. Therefore, I decided to give you … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Four”

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A Foundation for Beginners Seventy-Three

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Over the last two months, we’ve been analyzing a game through the eyes of a beginner. We’ve used the opening and middle-game principles studied thus far to guide us through each move. Using game principles as the basis for your analysis is what game analysis is all about. When asking the question “why was a … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Seventy-Three”

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A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Two

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We’ll continue the game we start playing through a few weeks ago. I’m looking at this game and the moves we analyze through the eyes of a beginning player rather than a seasoned professional. What I mean is that we’ll look at each move and the reasoning behind those moves as if a beginner was … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Seventy Two”

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A Foundation for Beginners Seventy One

Last week, we started analyzing a game using our newly developed skill set. As I mentioned in the previous article, your job is to analyze each move (by both players) and determine that move’s merit based on the games principles. While I haven’t covered the endgame in this series of articles, the game we’re playing … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Seventy One”

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A Foundation for Beginner’s Seventy

Last week, we examined the idea of studying the games of master level players from the 1800s. To recap, this specific period of time works well for beginners because the games demonstrate basic principles more clearly than games in which computer software was used to train the players. They also tend to be more exciting … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginner’s Seventy”

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A Foundation for Beginner’s Seventy

Last week, we examined the idea of studying the games of master level players from the 1800s. To recap, this specific period of time works well for beginners because the games demonstrate basic principles more clearly than games in which computer software was used to train the players. They also tend to be more exciting … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginner’s Seventy”

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A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Nine

One of the things I’ve been mentioning over this series of articles is the idea of studying the games of master level players to aid in your improvement. However, I didn’t mention which of the masters you should study. Sorry about that! The reason I’m saying sorry is because not all master games are suitable … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Nine”

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A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Eight

I wasn’t here last week because I was teaching a chess boot camp for younger players. It was a camp for students who knew the basics but needed to improve their middle and endgame skills. I taught them all of the material we covered over the last three months. However, there was one area that … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Eight”

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A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Seven

Last week, I talked about the importance of patience in chess. I touched on the idea of theory and practice a bit as well. Before, jumping back into the examples we were playing through, I wanted to talk about practice and theory a little more. There’s good reason for doing this, because these two parts … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Seven”

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A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Six

It was brought to my attention that I needed to talk about a chess skill that gets little mention, yet is crucial to mastery. This is a skill you can use in every aspect of your life. It’s a skill that takes time to develop, which is ironic considering the skill I’m talking about is … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Six”

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A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Five

Last week, we started playing through a game, applying what we’ve learned thus far regarding chess principles. We will continue that game this week. As I mentioned last week, one of the primary ways you can improve your own playing is to play through the games of stronger players. As you play through each move … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Five”

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A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Four

Any of the principles you’ve learned through this series of articles can be, and should be, used to analyze games. I’ve gone over these concepts in terms of applying them to your own games. However, learning to play better chess also includes studying the game of stronger players, figuring out what worked and what didn’t! … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Four”

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A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Three

This week, We will look at the some further concepts to consider before engaging in an exchange of material. We’ve looked at removing positional tension and using the relative value of the pawns and pieces to guide you in making good trades or exchanges. This week, we are going to do a deeper dive into … Continue reading “A Foundation for Beginners Sixty Three”

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