Why study William Steinitz? One of the most effective ways to study chess is to analyze games of the best players.
How do you choose a player to study from?
It can be based on what you want to improve in chess. Usually, people recommend learning how to attack from such players as Tal and Kasparov. For positional chess, Capablanca, Smyslov, Karpov, and Carlsen come to mind. These World Champions have played a lot of masterpieces and thus, provided us with much instructive material.
Most chess players just study openings and tactics.
They think this is all it takes to win games… Not true.
You see, many club players can find a mate-in-3. Or play a few opening moves correctly.
Looking for a very sharp opening with White pieces? FM Viktor Neustroev recommends… Max Lange Attack.
This is a perfect choice for attacking players that will always keep your opponent on their toes.
And if they don’t know the theory the game will lead straight to a HUGE upset!
Scandinavian Defense: Need a low-theory, and a simple-to-play response to 1.e4?
FM Viktor Neustroev recommends one of the oldest and most well-tested openings… the Scandinavian Defense.
Okay, big update!
Tomorrow morning on Thursday, November 17 at 8 A.M. EST I have something you will love… if you want to become a MUCH stronger chess player.
I’ve been telling you about the 5 Key Elements to Improve at Chess and our brand-new Road to 2200 Program that we put together with IM David Fitzsimons…
And now it’s 99.9% ready!
In the previous post, I shared the 3 reasons why average players only improve under 100 points a year.
Quick recap… Time, Consistency, and the Method (or lack of it).
And if you don’t wish to spend 5 years going from 1500 to 2000 (seriously, who does?)… this is for you.
Did you know that a typical chess player improves on average under 100 points a year?
At that pace, it’ll take you 5 years to reach 2000 Elo if you’re currently 1500… or 7-10 years to reach 2200…
But, the reality is… most people will give up halfway, and will never make it.
And there are 3 BIG reasons why…
Tactical 1.e4: When it comes to building an Opening Repertoire, it is important to consider the player’s strengths and weaknesses. Many people underperform because their openings don’t match their style. It is easy to imagine a strong positional player getting lost in tactical jungles as well as a strong tactician making no sense in a strategic battle.
We are putting the finishing touches on the long-awaited Road to 2200 Program.
We have been working on this for more than 8 months now, and we are finally going to wrap it up! We don’t have the exact release date yet, but I promise it will be out very soon [November – December 2022].
Four Knights Game is one of those openings that are popular at both beginner and grandmaster levels. It has solid positional ground and most of the time leads to calm positions.
At the same time, some lines are so sharp that it is not surprising that many strong and creative players favored the Four Knights Game. The list includes Magnus Carlsen, Alexei Shirov, John Nunn, Nigel Short, Wei Yi, and many others.