Best of CLO 2014 #1: GM Finegold on Chess Resolutions

Best of CLO #1 is Finegold's Chess Resolutions by GM Ben Finegold. "Extremely fluid and conversational, when Ben talks/writes about chess, it is a constant reminder that we play this game to have fun", says judge and 2014 Journalist of the Year Brian Jerauld.

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Finegold's resolutions included "not getting into time trouble" and "playing the same regardless of his opponent's rating." Almost everyone I know plays quickly and expects to win against lower rated opposition, but plays a different game against higher rated opponents.  One of my favorite players, GM Vladimir Tukmakov, was playing in the Canadian Open the same year as me (we played, but I ‘forgot' the result) and he played and looked the same against 1600s as he did vs. 2600s.  

More thoughts from the judges: In his characteristic witty tone, GM Finegold shares 5 chess resolutions for 2015. No doubt the author experienced all 5 maxims himself, either as a player or a coach. Indeed, he annotates three examples from his personal games, calmly sharing out his own shortcomings. Hopefully a few motivated CLO readers will put these resolutions to good use -Michael "f-pawn" Aigner Ben hits the nail on the head with the many bad habits of chess players.  His article is topical and relevant.  The New Year is a great time to assess past behaviors and look to improve with better playing habits.- Jennifer Vallens GM Ben Finegold also reported on the 2014 World Youth in South Africa for CLOFinegold is currently the GM-in-residence at the Charlotte Chess Center . Congratulations to GM Finegold, and take this as a sign that it's not too late for a Better Chess You in 2015. Find out more about the Best of CLO judges here. Best of CLO 2014 Countdown #1-Finegold's Chess Resolutions by GM Ben Finegold #2-Shankland on Brazil: Focused on the Knockout by GM Sam Shankland #3-The Million Dollar Training by GM Cristian Chirila  #4-Carlsen on Sochi Win by Leonxto Garcia    #5- How to Spot Talent by IM Greg Shahade   #6- Legal Moves: Melekhina on Chess & Law School by FM Alisa Melekhina   #7-Krush on Orlando: What it Takes to Be a Champion by GM Irina Krush  #8- Kazim's Back: Gulamali on Taking Down Vegas by CLO editor Jen Shahade #9- Kostya on Norm #1: Staying Present by Kostya Kavutskiy. #10- An Interview with the Ubiquituous Claudia Munoz by Alan Rodenstein

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