Welcome!

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.

See here for more information about the webmaster.

 

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My Chess.com Stats

by Webmaster on January 4, 2018

It took months of grinding, but I finally made it into the top 0.01-0.02% of all active chess players on Chess.com in the blitz and bullet categories! Amusingly, I have never considered measuring my chess skill using this statistic prior to playing on Chess.com, and the statistic itself is fairly meaningless because it only considers accounts active within the last month or so. At least it set me a short-term goal over the last few months!

Note that there is a 0.00-0.01% category that I doubt I could make in blitz, but possibly in bullet if I go on a lucky streak.

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The Rise of Chess.com

November 22, 2017

For chess players, Chess.com is clearly the premium domain name for the game. When I first started playing chess, the domain belonged to a company that marketed the chess software Chess Mentor. The software was a training software that was designed with the help of American International Master Jeremy Silman (Silman is most famous in […]

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Police Officers Play Chess in the Community

October 13, 2017

A great initiative in Saint Louis called ‘Chess Cops’, as discussed in an interview with Lt. Perri Johnson conducted by Grandmaster Maurice Ashley.   Main links Full press announcement: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4j3lIv1d0Q Lt Perri Johnson revisits several months later: https:// youtu.be/Oc611Dm3S2g?t=1h40m20s Chess.com blog: https:// www.chess.com/blog/Aarao/chess-program-bridges-gap-between-cops-and-youth Lt. Perri Johnson on police work: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7cCdfuGa58   Other chess […]

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Best YouTube chess channels

July 5, 2017

Here are a number of YouTube chess channels hosted by grandmasters   Saint Louis Chess Club – lots of videos and broadcasts, often by teams of grandmasters Chess24 – often features videos by probably the highest rated chess commentator in the world, former world number 4 (and currently in the top 20) Peter Svidler ChessBrah […]

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Undevelopment in Chess

November 17, 2016

Basically continuing on from my previous article on ‘breaking the rules’, the mentioning of Kramnik’s cryptic exchange sacrifices reminded me of another anti-intuitive technique that you usually shouldn’t do. Obviously some situations call for ‘undevelopment’ of one’s pieces. In the position below, ‘undeveloping’ the knight and re-routing it to d5 is a logical way to […]

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Breaking the Rules

November 15, 2016

An old saying in chess goes something like: “You have to know the rules before you can break them.” Of course, similar quotes appear in many other fields and they are attributed to a number of people, including Pablo Picasso. In chess, the phrase is a reference to how we should understand the reasoning behind some […]

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A game against Nigel Short

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 […]

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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.

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