Chessy #1: Chess Improvement Carnival

Hi all and a very warm welcome to Chessy, my first Chess Improvement Carnival. I would like to thank all the contributers IGM Karel van der Weide, Loomis and last but not least SonofPearl.

Let’s get right to the action:

It has been my privilege to be acquainted with IGM Karel van der Weide for about 6 years now. We have travelled to tournaments quite regularly and have discussed many of life’s topics such as… chess! His contribution to this carnival goes back as far as 10 years when he was in the fortunate position to train with IM mark Dvoretsky! In an article called “Een training met Dvoretsky II” he writes about his experiences during a training session he had with the renowned coach together with IM Merijn van Delft. The article is in Dutch, maybe the English speaking visitors can try this link: Translation. Interesting!

Loomis has contributed with a very fine and instructive article on The better minor piece. The everlasting battle between bishop and knight never ceases to amaze us and in this game Loomis shows how he strategically outplayed his opponent by just very modestly playing for the advantage of good knight versus bad bishop. Such an imbalance however is not enough to actually win the game, it needs to coordinate with the rest of the army and Loomis nicely demonstrates how he plays with his rooks, shifts his attention from white’s weak pawn on a2 to the one on b3, and after winning it, promotes his own free pawn for victory.

SonofPearl has submitted no less than three articles and I must say they are all little “pearls” ;-) In See chess from a different perspective he adresses “Egoism”, one of the seven deadly chess sins described by IGM Jonathan Rowson (“The Seven Deadly Chess Sins”) and suggests to change perspective every now and then when you play a game.

In The Art of Losing we meet SonofPearl the philosopher. He writes about mediocrity and gives tips on how to master The Art of Losing. He displays some undeniably intrapersonal skills here, nothing mediocre about that!

And finally we meet SonofPearl the scientist in The Road to Chess Improvement – Falsification! In this article he makes the wise suggestion not to seek confirmation of your nice ideas and plans by looking for variations that go along with your them (egoism!), but to look for a single move or variation that would put your ideas and plans in doubt, i.e. that would falsificate them. He ends on a note saying that humans are so illogical. Let me add together with Jonathan Rowson (“Chess for Zebra’s”) that humans indeed are not logical, they are psychological!

I believe I make a small reference to falsification myself in my article How to examine your chess thoughts and correct them in which I describe a method for researching your chess thinking and feeling. That will be my contribution to this carnival!

Enjoy everybody and many thanks!

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