Jose (49) Shares How He Improved 220 Points In 8 Months

Learner Series #11 One of the hottest topics we encounter at ChessGoals is adult chess improvement. I met Jose Fernandez-Triana, an adult improver, via email correspondence back in October 2020 and we have been chatting about chess improvement ever since. In this interview with Jose, he will tell us a bit about his background, his chess training, and how he improved 220 rating points in 8 months at age 49. Introduction Matt: Hi Jose, can you tell us a little bit about how you first discovered the ChessGoals project? Jose:…

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Two Systems You Need To Solve Chess Tactics Puzzles

When it comes to chess tactics, there are two key components. First, there are tactical themes that immediately jump out at us. This is our intuitive puzzle-solving skill at work. Secondly, we have our deeper calculation skills. How far ahead can we think in a given position in order to solve a longer sequence of moves. In this post, we will discuss intuitive chess tactics and how to balance the two systems. Note: This post contains Amazon and Chess.com affiliate links. ChessGoals may receive a commission if you click on…

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Ultimate Chess Gift Guide 2021

We all love chess but it can be daunting if not impossible to know what to give for a gift. Worry not, we have you fully covered. We'll go over improvement resources, books, boards, and accessories for every budget. Photo by Gabby K on Pexels.com Note: This post contains chess.com and Amazon affiliate links. ChessGoals may receive a commission when you click these links. Prices are subject to change. Improvement Resources All chess players want to get better, so let's start with the best ways to improve. Study Plan The…

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Game Analysis #1 – An Interesting Nh3 In The Dutch Defense

I recently wrote a post titled How To Improve - The Art Of Game Analysis that received some positive reviews and players seemed very interested in the topic. This inspired me to start a series of game analysis posts breaking down how I like to review my own games. In that previous post, we identified four levels of game analysis. Opening ReviewKey MomentsFull Human AnalysisExtra Credit For this first game in the series, I'll be conducting a full human analysis. Background This is a 30+30 league game played a few…

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Improved Chess Rating Comparisons Using Nonparametric Statistics

Many chess players wonder how different rating systems map to each other. There is a common idea that it's impossible to map the ratings because they are different pools of players and different time controls. You can also argue that playing OTB is much different than playing online. These are valid points, but we can still look at how the ratings compare to give chess players a guide as to where they stand in different rating pools. This post will explain how we create our Rating Comparisons. Gather Data Sources…

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How To Improve – The Art Of Game Analysis

Note: This post contains chess.com and Amazon affiliate links. ChessGoals may receive a commision if you click on these links. Game analysis is a core component of chess improvement. Playing games is important, analyzing games is helpful, and the combination of playing and analyzing your own games will boost your success! In this post, we will focus on analyzing one's own games. For information on analyzing games of others, see How To Analyze Master Games. Why Game Analysis? Based on our survey data we analyzed on over 400 players, game…

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Analyzing a Game Vs My 5 Year Old Chess Prodigy Son

One great source of joy as a father is teaching my 5 year old how to play chess. We got into the habit of playing every day for 30 minutes or so during the summer but have fallen out of that as of late. Still, we find time to play a game or two per week. Yesterday we had time to play a couple games. I wrote down the moves and some observations he made. Let's go over them together. Game 1 Let's start in the opening. My son does…

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Tricks and Treats In The Halloween Gambit

The Halloween Gambit is an opening line in the Four Knights. In this aggressive opening, white sacrifices a knight on the fourth move in order to achieve quick development and space. We will refute common mistakes by Black with the help of our friend, Stockfish 12. Halloween Gambit Starting Position The Halloween Gambit starts with the moves 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nxe5!? Halloween Gambit The best reply for Black is 4... Nxe5 5. d4 after which we reach a branching point. Black can either…

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Foundational Chess Training – Three Aspects You Need To Know

Our first guest post, written by Jonathan Pettit, is about chess training. Jonathan runs a chess improvement blog at smithyq.com. Subscribe to his email list to receive notifications when he writes new posts. I always look forward to seeing his new content. - Matt What does it mean to improve at chess?  Obviously, we want to raise our rating, but what does that mean?  To put it simply, playing better chess means playing better moves.  Your chess training, therefore, should focus on helping you find the best moves. Notice a…

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How To Analyze Master Games

Note: This post contains some Amazon and chess.com affiliate links, and ChessGoals may receive a commission. The most important factor in chess improvement is playing games. Coming in second, and complimenting gameplay is game analysis. Analyzing one's own games is very important, but it's also beneficial to analyze master games. Forming good habits as a novice player is important and the best way to do this is to analyze master games with annotations. Finding new strategic ideas is important for experienced players and the best way to do this is…

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