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With the rise of the engines, we chess mortals suddenly have unfettered access to Grandmaster-level analysis at the push of a button.
What is the single best thing you can do to improve your chess in this new year?
I can trace nearly every peak rating I’ve ever had to the time I spent studying a specific book. A good chess book holds an entire world of understanding within its pages.
How do you choose the books that will help you improve the most?
And, is there an optimum way to study?
An intriguing and important photo exhibition, “Into the Human Light: Uganda,” is currently on display in the Tournament Room and in the entrance hall of…
At last year’s U.S. Open, I had an eye-opening conversation about studying the opening with two friends. Between the three of us, we represented an interesting cross-section of chessplayers: an 1800-rated player, a National Master, and a Grandmaster.
What stuck with me the most was the incredible energy that Tal brought to the chessboard. He saw opportunities for activity and the initiative in positions where others, even top grandmasters, saw just pieces chaotically scattered across the board.
My first reaction to Fischer: Move by Move by Cyrus Lakdawala, was one of anticipation. Fischer is one of my favorite players to study. His games are masterpieces. And his eccentric life story has always provided an interesting background to his unparalleled accomplishments.
My second thought was: In the midst of the many, many books I’ve already seen about Fischer, could this one offer new material?
Ever wonder what a grandmaster considers during a chess game? Vanessa West reviews “Lessons with a Grandmaster III”, by GM Boris Gulko and Dr. Joel Sneed.
As a chess teacher myself, I’ve often wondered: When should you start teaching endgame concepts to beginning students?
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