Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Free Chess Lessons

I like Free Chess Lessons, but currently most of the the chess lessons are targeted at lower rated chess players. However there are also lessons for the intermediate and advanced player. Strangely enough one of my favorites  is called A typical beginner's game, which is intended for intermediate players.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Chess Tactics Server

In order to do a lot of tactical exercises the Chess Tactics Server will be a very interesting website. At the moment about 24,000 tactical chess problems from trivial to ambitious are offered at this site and have to be solved against the clock.

The site also uses a kind of rating system to enable you to measure your improvement. You can sign in completely anonymous as guest to give it a try, get familiar with the chess board interface or browse through some problems.

After registration you are able to measure your improvement by means of the mentioned rating system.

Friday, May 4, 2012

How to get to 1900

John Coffey has created a website with a lot of tactical exercises, tactics and endgame lessons. He states that you can rise above your current level by studying the right things and that the same principles apply to all levels of players. This site, how to get to 1900, is targeted at players with different ratings, starting from beginners up to players with a 1900 rating.
It's probably the most interesting for players around 1500 or 1600.

Just have a look.
The key to chess improvement is pattern recognition. Whether you realize it or not, to improve at chess you must reprogram your brain to see things that you did not see before. You can do this by studying at least 30 minutes of tactics per day. I provide 1,500 simple tactics problems for you to study, plus I also recommend some of the best tactics books.

Monday, April 30, 2012

The average player?

This blog will be targeted at  average players, which are players with a USCF rating between 1300 and 1700.
The url of the blog, with the chess1500, refers to the rating around 1500.