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Lucena Position

Silman calls the Lucena Position “The Holy Grail of Rook Endings”. In this position Regardless of who’s turn it is to move, White wins. 1.Rf2+ Forcing Black’s King to leave the scene of the battle. 1…Kg7 [1…Kg6 2.Rf4 Kg5 3.Rd4 Kf6 4.Ke8 Re1+ 5.Kf8 Rf1 6.d8Q+ Ke5+ 7.Ke7 ] 2.Rf4 Building a bridge. 2…Kg6 3.Ke7…

Virtual Chess Coach Part II : Study Schedule

Study Schedule Day Topic 1 (30m) Topic 2 (1hr) Monday Solve Tactics Study Endings Tuesday Play Annotate game * Wednesday Solve Endings Study Strategy ** Thursday Solve Tactics Solve Strategy *** Friday Solve Tactics Study Openings Saturday Solve Tactics Solve Strategy Sunday Play Annotate game * Legend: * If you run out of time during…

Virtual Chess Coach – Part I

About the Virtual Chess Coach Program This program is geared for my improvement (a 35 year old 1278 USCF rated player), but I hope that others in a similar situation will be able to derive benefit from it as well. I will be modeling this program on the teaching’s of Dan Heisman. Dan Heisman is…

De La Maza for the Rest of Us

Tactics Program This tactics training program should not take more than 30 minutes per session, and it is flexible enough where you can adjust the amount of puzzles and / or the amount of time spent per puzzle as well as the session time so that you can customize it to your needs and study…

Update to the Generic Training Schedule

After a few days using the Generic Training Schedule, I have a few minor modifications to adapt it to better fit the needs of the club level chess player. The original ChessOK article was geared towards 2000+ level players who have different needs than beginners. One major difference between experts and amateurs is the importance…