by Webmaster on May 5, 2011

Welcome to Chess Game Improvement! This is a website that gives information and advice about chess. Chess is respected among enthusiasts for its combination of strategical deepness, tactical beauty and apparent simplicity. I hope to share with you the rich theory and culture that encompasses the ‘royal game’.

If you have not learnt the rules yet, see this Wikipedia chess guide or the more formal FIDE Handbook Laws of Chess. Software, DVDs and books I recommend throughout this website often also include an explanation of the rules of chess, such as the chess program Chessmaster or Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan’s Pro Chess DVD. Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) is the official international governing body for chess, although most countries also have their own national governing body.

For practical examples, check out my YouTube channel.

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A game against Nigel Short

by Webmaster on April 8, 2016

To commemorate Melbourne Chess Club’s 150th anniversary and coinciding with his tour of Australia, English grandmaster Nigel Short (former world number three and current top 100 player) gave a lecture and a simultaneous display in Melbourne. In the simultaneous display, Short played against 30 players at the same time, of which I was the top seed. Incidentally, the late English grandmaster Tony Miles, with whom Short had a turbulent relationship, gave a simul in the same building in the 1990s to commemorate the opening of the venue. (Picture: The English team in Dubai 1986, featuring Jonathan Speelman, Nigel Short, John Nunn and Tony Miles.)

England 1986 Dubai

Here is video analysis of my game in the simul:

Click here to download the fully annotated game in CBV or PGN. I suggest you open the file using ChessBase Reader or SCID.


Why, Chess and Life

January 16, 2016

Does the process of thinking in chess help in daily life? This is an issue I discuss in my article entitled Chess and Life, a piece that aims to capture the psychological essence of chess as a learning tool. I have published this article previously, but have finally placed it on my own website. The writing is inspired […]

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Kasparov’s Commencement Speech

June 4, 2015

On May 16th, Garry Kasparov delivered the commencement (graduation) speech at St. Louis University. Kasparov utilises some impressive analogies, although his emphasis on the English politician Thomas More was a little puzzling to me. I would think that it is difficult for American students to relate to a foreign figure from so long ago. That being said, it might be […]

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Using chess as an analogy for physics

February 25, 2015

This video involves the well known theoretical physicist Richard Feynman comparing and contrasting physics research with the rules of chess. Discovering this video for the first time (using a link provided by ChessBase) was a pleasant coincidence, as I am about to start my honours year in applied mathematics, attempting a project in general relativity.

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Carlsen achieves triple crown

June 21, 2014

Not only is 23-year old Norwegian Grandmaster the World Champion and the highest ranked player in the world (by a significant margin), but he recently just became the World Rapid Champion and the World Blitz Champion. The traditional World Championship is played in long time controls of “120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 […]

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Chess Scholarships

June 14, 2014

In the recent past, talented young chess players were relegated to only applying for academic scholarships (and others too if, for example, they were also good at sports or music). Nowadays, there are actually many chess scholarships on offer, especially in the US. The most famous one is probably the Samford Scholarship, previously held by Gata […]

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Tracking your improvement

May 24, 2014

As a player, I was often unsure about my technical improvement over timescales of weeks and months. After I first become a rated player, my local (national) rating grew quickly and steadily: 1383 –> 1492 –> 1553 –> 1642 –> 1723 –> 1819 –> 1852. As foreshadowed by the final rating change, the increase in my rating was […]

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Parallels between chess and life

January 20, 2014

I wrote an article earlier last year that I forgot to link. The article was called Chess and Life, and discussed two prominent ways in which chess related to life. The chess book referred to as “one of the most successful… of all time” is American International Master (IM) Jeremy Silman’s How to Reassess your […]

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Magnus Carlsen is the new world champion

November 25, 2013

In the World Chess Championship 2013, Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen defeated Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand 6.5-3.5 in a best of 12 “challenger vs champion” match. Carlsen becomes the 16th undisputed world chess champion and unifies the world number 1 ranking with the world championship title. Anand was not able to use apply his match strategy […]

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World Chess Championship 2013 Begins

November 9, 2013

The World Chess Championship 2013 has started in Chennai, India. It is a traditional ‘challenger vs champion’ match. The match is between the reigning World Champion, Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand (world number 8; FIDE rating 2775; 44 years old), and the challenger, Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen (world number 1; FIDE rating 2870; 23 years old). […]

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