Eastern Style

I just came back from my trip to UAE (United Arab Emirates) and would like to share 1 interesting observation with you.
Although there are not many professional chess players in Arabic countries, a lot of people enjoy this game. I mean they really ENJOY it.
People gather in a café, play chess, drink tea or coffee, and sometimes smoke shisha :) (it’s smoking equipment where smoke goes through the water). It looks like this:
This creates a really pleasant atmosphere: you play chess, communicate with your friends and have fun.

Lasker’s advice – Part 2

Check 1 Part here . Lasker Advice

First let’s recollect the task I gave you:
White’s turn.
It was the calculation task mainly. You can download the solution here:
You need to decompress the file and then use any chess program to open the game.

The Secret of Success

I constantly receive feedback from my pupils. That’s why I can easily see who gets better results and why.
One of the major characteristic features of successful players is their SERIOUS attitude towards learning.
There is a huge difference between educational and entertainment materials.

The necessary factor of your progress – 3

Last time I gave you a little task. Were you able to find the right move there?
White played 2.Ra1!! It is unbelievable, but it is really the best move!
Here is this game in *.pgn and in text format with commentaries:
You can use any chess program to open such *.pgn file. If you have no chess programs at all, you may use a special Pgn reader program (it calls “Compochess”. You can download it for free here:
Please, don’t worry if you haven’t found this move. I gave this position to many GMs and no one found the right decision.
Actually, it illustrates one of my favourite topics. I mean the topic of “extra skills”. Nowadays there are a lot of players on intermediate level. They know all the chess basics and don’t make simple mistakes. That’s why today it is not enough just “to develop pieces, to occupy weak squares, to compose a plan” and realize other well-known motifs.
You need to be able to do something, what your opponents can’t do. You need to know something, what your opponents don’t know.
Please, think about it. Take a piece of paper and write down your “extra skills” (number 1 is …, number 2 is … and so on). The size of your list will show you clearly your chances for a win against strong opponents.
If you want to get the most effective extra-skills and be able to beat stronger opponents, I recommend you the course “How to Beat Titled Players”:

When you start applying its recommendations, you will play a lot of beautiful games, will enjoy your creativity and of course will start beating strong players!

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What is Your Plan? (Part-3)

In a few previous lessons we’ve been talking about a PLAN for your chess progress.
Having such a plan ensures your step-by-step advancement. Random study, on the other hand, is rather a numbers game, where you can only hope for luck.
Before we move forward, you may like to recollect the previous parts of this lesson quickly:
Now we come to the most intriguing moment. You are about to create a PLAN that will bring you a serious chess progress in 2013.

The necessary factor of your progress – 2

Let me give you some examples of personal bias in chess. Please, read carefully; just to ensure that these statements don’t describes you :)
1) Chess players often try to find an excuse of their loss. It usually goes something like this:
- “Today I didn’t feel well.”
- “I had a winning position, but lost my concentration and played carelessly.”
- “I slept badly/not enough”
- “I’ve had some personal problems.”
- “I was tired because of a trip/something else”
This list can go on… and these factors can have an influence on a chess player. Let me tell you something though.