Friday, September 26, 2014

Timman - Fries Nielsen 0-1, Politiken Cup July 2014

The Danish IM Jens Ove Fries Nielsen is an original player. 
Here you can see his recent win against Timman where Jens Ove Fries Nielsen played the Hippo.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TASC Chess Tutorial 2 (CD)

The first 5 Chess Steps material contained in a single CD.
Although this CD has been published a few years ago, the chess principles contained in it do not change in time. Recommended.

Friday, February 14, 2014

More on the "Chess-Steps Method"

 At this web page 
 we read that specific books are recommended for players having a target rating. For instance:
  • Step 4 Workbook & Manual suit players having an USCF rating up to 1750
  • Step 6 Workbook & Manual are recommended for players USCF rated up to 2100
Somewhere I read that Fide Ratings are about 100 elo points lower than USCF ratings. I have wondered if these indications were really correct or if they were a vague guess only. So I made a research on the Internet in order to find  if other chess players, besides me, had published any report of their own success/ratio in solving the Chess-Steps Workbooks.

Unfortunately I found only one.
This is the link:
There we can read what follows:

5 december 2009 - Step 6 and Stoyko exercises

At the moment I use two training methods. The first is step 6 of the steps method. I already did this book once (over a period of more than a year) and had an overall succes rate of about 85%.
At first I thought it would be best to concentrate on the exercises I failed to solve. But when I started to pick up the book I noticed that I didn't remember most of the (1300) positions. For this reason I decided to go through the book again. Not surprisingly my succes rate is now about 95%, and I also solve them a lot faster than I did the first time. I consider this work to be largely a kind of maintenance of acquired patterns. (...)

 In another post written on 25 February 2009:
the author states that :
"(...) I think that for a player of my strength (2050+), (...)
so, that player had a Candidate Master rating at the time he was solving the Chess Steps 6th Workbook.

As my own final success rate of Step 4 is about 95% (my current FIDE rating is 1780), in absence of additional data, for the very limited info/reports in my hands, I suppose that the rating indications provided at may be accurate.
If any reader has gone through the chess-steps workbook and he/she would like to share his/her success ratio, please send an email at so I will be able to update this post. Thanks.

Friday, January 24, 2014

1.e4 a6!? 2.d4 h6!? tournament game between FIDE rated players above 2.250

A Creepy Crawly game in a Women's Int. Tournament game between the two winners:

see also this link

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Two GMs play a 1.g4 game in a rapid event