"...a Chessmaster should be a combination of a beast of prey and a monk."

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Year

My life's been a bit chaotic the last couple of months for various reasons. My study and tactics time has gone to complete zero. I've been reading novels and watching some programs and movies as well as dealing with some health issues.

On the other hand, I have continued to play. Right now I am in 3 leagues. Two on chess.com and one on ICC. I also have been playing with two of my regular partners. On the bad side here, I have missed some of my games due to the chaos, and I haven't been to the Wednesday club in at least 2 months. Also a third regular partnership seems to have fallen apart. We both cancelled several times and then we kind of stopped contacting eachother.

I think I am playing ok though. I generally feel pretty happy with the quality of my games lately. It also seems like I am pulling away from my two regular partners in that I am winning significantly more games than I am losing. I will say that I have noticed a phenomenon where sometimes when I study something for awhile, I will hit a wall, and when I take a break and come back I will actually do really well at it. So I think taking a break sometimes can be good.

Lastly, I've decided to give up the lessons again for awhile. I was a bit dissatisfied with the format where he had me doing problems during lesson time. So I just felt it wasn't worth it for what I was getting. I will say I think he is very nice, his prices are good, and there were several perks, like homework to do away from lessons and some games he would pick for me to look through in my specific opening variations. The game review sessions were decent, just not as much of the lesson as I wanted. Sometimes it seems that lessons are really important, but I've tried two different teachers and always feel kind of ho hum. Maybe if I could afford Dan Heisman I would feel different about lessons.

So we will see how things continue. Right now I am enjoying playing when I play, but I am having issues with my overall chess motivation.


  1. Hi,

    Just run into your blog through a blogroll. I feel you when you say it's difficult to find a good chess coach, ie. someone who can adapt his teachings to your level, relate with the problems you face, and offer a little more than 'canned lessons'.

    I just couldn't find the perfect coach myself, despite trying very hard. However, I do some coaching for people U1700 (I'm a FIDE expert player), and I try very much to avoid all those pitfalls when teaching. I offer a bunch of different services including :

    - tailor-made detailed study plans with follow-up for 6 months (meaning the plan can be adapted many times if your time available/motivation changes)
    - one-off 'chessic check-up'
    - and one on one Skype lessons with 3 different formats available : reviewing your games / working on a specific topic on demand / go over master games using a 'guess-the-move' formula

    If you want to get in touch, I'm 'hicetnunc' on chess.com


  2. if you play a much weaker player you often know exactly what this player is doing wrong, such things can often easily be explained and with hard work it can be improved. So i suggest to give a few of your typical games to a better player and have it analysed for "typical errors" that can be done for not that much money.
    Then you need to work at these errors and repeat the procedure. I think there are already enough lessions in all these tons of chessbooks, you just need to know which one iis now to learn