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

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Whats going on

My doctor felt I should stay home from work for the next two weeks keeping my foot elevated. Fortunately, I can do alot of my work remotely as I am extremely busy.

I gave myself a one month subscription to www.chesslecture.com which gives me an unlimited viewing of their 500 plus videos which I am enjoying. Watching them on endgame fundamentals, the danish gambit, the scotch as black (I need to learn this to fend off Cratercat) and a bunch of other topics. At 12.95 for the month, it is about a cost of a book and given my situation I will get my moneys worth.

I have also bought a book Danish Dynamite on the Danish Gambit and the tactical training Cd Theory and Practice of chess endings. I selected this since there are learning modules mixed in with problems. I impatiently await for this to arrive.

I am doing alot of Level 20 Ct-art problems trying to stay sharp. I will move on to L30 at some point soon.

Certainly, I hear alot of critism of spending too much time on opening study. I wonder about this. There is a high school Senior I play against in Chess Club who has done a very deep study in the openings. He is very tough and knows the reasons why one should play a move vs another move. He plays a very tough Sicilian. I arranged some wellfought games between him and Cratercat. I believe that a deep study around one opening helps one better understand the ideas of chess. I believe this info is transferable to improved playing strength even when playing different openings.


  • At 1:55 PM, Blogger Glenn Wilson said…

    Good luck with your studies! A few pointers to online Danish Gambit resources are at:

  • At 11:48 PM, Blogger Cratercat said…

    hey dude - very cool website reference! I just watched the Jesse Krai video sample on the Fried Liver. Question: can the videos be saved to disk? I got the impression they can't since I didn't see anything else on the site advertising that they could be saved.

  • At 1:57 AM, Anonymous dutchdefence said…

    Ah! You bought the DD book. I have a suggestion though. If you aren't allready too much into the DG, try out the GG first. It's also covered in the DD book. The GG. Now that's a cool gambit right there! Probably sounder then the DG as well. It has no known true refutation. Don't know what the GG is? Take a look at this game. DV is a specialist on it.

  • At 3:06 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    I't important to have a doctor that is familiar with priorities in life:)

  • At 6:36 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    Thanks Glenn, I'll check it out it is a fun gambit to play.

    CC. Video's can't be saved. Their business is a subscription service but one can sign up for a month.

    DD. I am familar with the GG and had some success with it.

    Tempo. yes it is


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