Detour #2: My opening repertoire

This detour might actually save me time!

After studying The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory , I chose not to follow Smirnov’s repertoire in his practical part. The way to study his repertoire is with a database and I think I am not good enough for that.

Instead, I chose to build my opening repertoire with books. I think it is easier to study openings with books because of the explanation of the openings. If you choose good books, the author did the work for you and you don’t have to figure out the plans. However, my repertoire is composed of openings that GM Smirnov considers good for non-master players.

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Chess training log : 10 reasons to keep one

A chess training log is a personal record of your games, your weaknesses and strengths, and what you study. It is one of the best tools you can use if your goal is to improve.

In a journal, patterns and performance trends become clear. Your rating on a given day does not tell you much, but comparing the pattern of rise or fall against your training will help you identify what works for you and what doesn’t.

chess training log
My chess log

Here are 10 reasons to keep a chess training log: Continue reading “Chess training log : 10 reasons to keep one”

CT-ART 4 review

CT-ART 4 is a tactics training program by ChessOK.

ct-art 4

It contains 2,200 basic exercises and 1,800 auxiliary exercises in total.

You can solve tactics by theme (23 different themes) or by difficulty level (9 levels). You also have the option to test yourself. The test gives you the same problems as in the practice mode but in a different order. At the end of the test,  you have statistics such as the percentage of correct answers. Continue reading “CT-ART 4 review”

Chess tournament preparation

In this post, I will describe my chess tournament preparation. It is largely inspired by the lesson “How to prepare for the tournament” in Igor Smirnov’s course The Grandmaster’s Secrets.

chess tournament preparation

From the 26th to the 30th of december, I will participate in a tournament. My goal is to bring myself in peak condition for this event. Continue reading “Chess tournament preparation”

My chess thinking process

In chess, one of the basics is the thinking system. Your chess thinking process helps you find good moves in any position. This process comes naturally to talented players, that’s why there isn’t a lot of resources about it. However it is a very important part of chess.

chess thinking process

Without a good thinking system:

  • you can blunder because you missed something,
  • you can get into time trouble because you can’t decide which move to choose.

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