Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Friday, February 18, 2005

Getting Started

Lasker said he could take an average person spend 100 hours teaching him chess and make him a master. (paraphrased). During my first serious year of chess, I've tripled that time on chess improvement this year. Although I have had fun and have learned alot, I didn't improve as much as I would like. This blog is a chronicle of my improvement trek.

I hope in this blog to help

1) bring my chess improvement program additional structure
2) accelerate my chess learning
3) chronicle things I have learned in chess
4) serve as a measuring stick (inspect what I expect)


  • At 4:27 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    initial rating based on Playchess.com site is 1333.

  • At 8:42 AM, Blogger Mark Kislingbury said…

    My chess career started at age seven, and my first tournament came on my 15th birthday, where I earned a rating of 1167. Within about three years I had progressed to 1750, another two years, about 1847. In my late 20's I joined a chess club and played lots of experts and a few masters, which brought my rating to a high of 2186. I'm in my early 40's now and have remained in the 2100s. I say all this to share with you my thought that, in my own case, improvement came by merely knowing for "facts" or "principles" - the more I knew, the better I became. Stronger players know more "facts" or "principles" about chess. Some examples of these "facts" are things like, "in the opening, a tempo is worth about 1/3 of a pawn. If you get ahead three moves (tempi) in development, it's worth a pawn." Caviat: this is more true in open games and less true in closed games. Another: "in the middle game, two minor pieces are superior to R+P, but in the endgame the R+P become equal or superior." Also, tactics are mostly a whole bunch of different recognized and memorized "facts" about how the pieces move and what they can do to each other. Also, as you improve you begin to understand the strengths and weaknesses of certain pawn structures, and the nature progression and goals of certain pawn structures. I hope you find this helpful.


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