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How to Gain 200 Rating Points in 6 Months

How to Gain 200 Rating Points in 6 Months

Christian GlaweAs you probably noticed the blog was without posts for a few weeks (I do not count the weekend tactics “posts” ;)). At first I spent a few days in my bed feeling very bad and then I took a rest for some days. I spent them on my vacation (well deserved vacation, of course :)) and due to all these things I did not update the blog too often.

But now I am back, so you can stay tuned for new updates.

Here is the first one. My friend Christian Glawe sent me short info about his article posted on the site of The United States Chess Federation. The article describes a way how he gained more than 200 ELO points in…. ONLY 6 months! Something we would like to gain as well, right? ;)

Christian started with rating of 1743 points and went to 1944 points (USCF). How exactly he reached it you can read in his article Moving up the Ladder: A Class Player on Gaining 200 Rating Points


How to use improve your calculation skill by training pawn endings – part II

How to use improve your calculation skill by training pawn endings – part II

A week ago I posted an article about an importance of pawn endings in improvement of calculation skill of a chess player. And today I have something like continuation of the “serie” with new example.

Would you find the right way to win the games as white?

White to move.

Pawn ending


How to use improve your calculation skill by training pawn endings

How to use improve your calculation skill by training pawn endings

Pawn endings are very useful when it comes on the calculation of variants. As there are only pawns and kings on the board, one can easily “see” the long sentences of moves and possible continuations. This is why pawn endings are ussually recommended by chess trainers to train to improve one’s calculation skill.

Here is a very special pawn ending:
Pawn ending

Why is it so special? Because, if white is to move, then white wins. And when black is to move, then black wins. Will you find the right continuations?

I would give you a clue. Tempi are VERY important in pawn endings. You have to think twice about each move of a pawn and (usually) be very careful about double-steps of pawns (like e2-e4 for example).

Do you use pawn endings for training of anything else than technique in pawn endings?


Importance of visualization for a chess player and how to train it

Importance of visualization for a chess player and how to train it

Those of you, who follow me on Twitter (@petrs), may remember I attended a training session with a GM a few weeks ago. It was very interesting, not only about chess itself but also about psychological and other aspects of the game. One of lessons was about importance of  visualization for a chess player. I really liked it and I would like to share some ideas with you, guys.

I hope that everyone agrees that visualization is important for us. It is one of basic stones of our chess skills and it is necessary for our tactical capabilities. But how to train it?

Very good method with great results is this one:
- write the position right before an easy combination of mate-in-two on the paper (see the example below)
- place a clear board on the table
- try to imagine where all the pieces are placed on the board WITHOUT placing them there in reality. Just in your mind
- try to find the best continuation/solutions
- if you are not able to see it place two pieces (it is up to you which ones you chose to place) on the board and repeat the previous step
- repeat previous two steps until you find the solution

Of course, you should try to find the solution with as few as possible pieces on the board.

I hope you understand the principle of this method.

Let’s try it in reality.

The position to be solved is this:
White: Kg1, Qf6, Rd1, Re5, Bb2, pawns a2, b3, c4, f2, g2, h2
Black: Kg8, Qd8, Rc8, Rf8, Bb7, pawns a7, b6, d5, e6, f7, g6, h5
White to move and win. Please, write your solution under the article. And do not cheat ;)
Empty chess board

Another good method how to train visualization skill is to play chess blindfold. Or to take a chess book and play a game from diagram to diagram without chess board.

How do you train your visualization skills? Do you have a favorite method for it? Please, share it with us in the comments section below.

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