Chess Strategy Lessons

Strategy and Tactics: Yin and Yang? Chess strategy and tactics are intertwined … but ask yourself this: which side of the equation receives most of the focus in lessons and classes? Definitely tactics. And for a lot of coaches, it’s not even close. However … What does it take for a student to gain proficiency

Jacob Aagaard: Great Chess Authors, Part 10

With my posts on Mark Dvoretsky and Mihail Marin, it was only a matter of time before I devoted a post to another prolific superclass author. Jacob Aagaard Jacob Aagaard (1973 – ) was born in Horsholm, Denmark but for many years has represented Scotland. He earned his grandmaster title in 2007. Aagaard’s most notable

Andrew Soltis: Great Chess Authors, Part 9

After Mihail Marin last week, let’s examine another author who is fortunately still with us. Andrew Soltis Andrew Soltis (1947 – ) was born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania but grew up in New York City. By contemporary standards “Andy” started in chess late, not playing tournaments until his teens. In an exceedingly difficult age for American

Mihail Marin: Great Chess Authors, Part 8

Today I want to discuss a very popular and highly-regarded chess figure who also happens to be the first currently-living author in the series. Serious work for serious people, yes, but more approachable than most Dvoretsky volumes. Mihail Marin Mihail Marin (1965 – ) was born in Bucharest, Romania. A three-time Champion of Romania (1988,

The English Opening: Playing 1.c4

The English Opening or … I am by no means a specialist on openings in general, or the English Opening in particular, but I have opened with 1.c4, 1.d4, 1.e4, and 1.Nf3 in my tournament career. As many before me have said, 1.e4 is the most straightforward first move, and 1.d4 can be very direct