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My Chess Teaching Philosophy

After teaching chess for many years, I came to belief that the best way to develop a strong chess player is a gradual approach.

Progress in chess is almost impossible until a player develops good tactical vision.  On the beginner level, tactics is everything.  Players who do not develop tactical skills are doomed to lose most games to better tacticians.  So, I always start beginner chess players with extensive tactical training.

Tactics can solve many problems, and tactical skills are the necessity.  However, acquiring tactical skills is only the first step.  To move beyond intermediate level in chess, a player should become familiar with strategic patterns.  In the games of the more experienced players, winning tactics is usually a result of achieving some strategic advantage.  In other words, tactical opportunities should be earned with sound strategic play.  Once my students become strong tacticians, they receive strategic training.

Along with strategy training, I teach my students the basics of endgames.  Strategy and tactics skills alone might bring some victories.  However, once students progress more in chess, they discover that quite often they cannot finish a game immediately with the help of tactics against more advanced players.  More often, a good strategic plan followed by tactics leads to a favorable position with some material and/or positional advantage.  Then, it is usually necessary to finish the game in the endgame stage.  If a student lacks endgame skills, he or she might have difficulties converting favorable positions to victories.  He or she also might not be able to find additional chances protecting difficult positions.  Good endgame training solves those problems.

Only once my students become strong tacticians and strategists and once they learn basic endgames, I start to cover openings in great detail.  Openings are extremely important on higher levels of chess.  However, based on my extensive chess teaching practice, I know that deep study of openings should be delayed as much as possible.  The openings should be studied only after building a solid chase base.  It is completely unproductive for a beginner chess player to spend most of the time on openings when he or she still has huge gaps in tactics, strategy, or endgames.

1)      Sharp Tactical Skills

 

2)      Great Strategy Skills

 

3)      Solid Knowledge of Endgames

 

4)      Matching Opening Repertoire

 
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