Three days ago I played the Black pieces in this 3 minute Blitz game on LiChess against alfonsonaranjoa (rated 2065) and managed to cross off something off my bucket list: the rare smothered mate. Prior to this I had never, never been able to pull this off in any competitive game. With coronavirus and kids(!)… Continue reading I Finally Managed A Bucket List Checkmate.
Once you are familiar with the previous lessons, and you are playing a lot (and hopefully winning!), it's time to skip ahead to self-learning via a few of my favourite Youtubers. Understand that playing without analysis is very poor quality practice. Unlike other video games, anyone can play for 12 hours a day but only… Continue reading Mastering Chess Part #4 – Three Great Youtube Channels
This is Part 3 of a multi-part series on self-learning the game of chess and the entire course overview is listed here. Here are the videos to watch on the three main phases of a chess game. Lesson Nine: The Opening https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kURU67G98O8&t=69s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21L45Qo6EIY Lesson Ten: The Middlegame https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvIsBjn2f5g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEoAY3Ot-6Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yv7_0svOlQU Lesson Eleven: The Endgame https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mhLQOZKVQs… Continue reading How to teach your kids to play and master chess (even if you don’t know the game) – Part 3: The Opening, Middlegame & Endgame
Since we're all stuck at home, here is the complete syllabus for those who want to go at a faster pace! Just Youtube the relevant videos as you go along. I'm posting Part 3 later today.. Part One - The Basics (available here) 1. Names of pieces 2. Set up a chessboard 3. How the… Continue reading How to teach your kids to play and master chess (even if you don’t know the game) – Complete Syllabus Overview
Now that you know all the rules of chess and how the game is set up, starts and ends, it's time to move on to basic checkmating patterns and drawn endings. But before we begin, you can go to lichess.org for a basic refresher, under the section Chess Pieces. You can also play a few… Continue reading How to teach your kids to play and master chess (even if you don’t know the game) – Part 2: Basic Checkmating Patterns
Before we start, you might ask: why should anyone learn chess? Chess can help to improve focus and attention, creativity, problem solving skills, memory, planning and foresight. Most of these skills on the board are transferable to other parts of life; where all our actions have consequences. But the best reason is because it's just… Continue reading How to teach your kids to play and master chess (even if you don’t know the game) – Part 1: The Basics