Chess improvement has a new home!


Hi all,

I’ve decided to continue this website in a new place. I’ve it moved to http://www.chessimprovement.net
This new web address covers better the purpose of my website. Since it’s not longer only about chessendgames, but about all the good ways to improve your chess, I thought it would be a good idea to find a new web address.

Most things will stay the same and I’ll add new content on a regular basis. Hope to see you soon at http://www.chessimprovement.net

Best wishes,

Majnu.

New chess video’s online!


Today I’ve started with a new series with the title Great chess miniatures. The first three video’s are online now! Chess miniatures are those highly entertaining short chess games that are decided within 20 moves. Enjoy!
Here is an example

If you would like to view the other videos from this series go to my Youtube page and subscribe to my video’s.

Some great chess video makers!


In 2006 I started making chess video’s and uploading them to Youtube. Soon I got a message from Tryfon Gavriel, better known as Kingscrusher, asking me if I could explain him how to make chess video’s. After this many more chess video makers have found their way on Youtube. At the moment there are a few video makers that I find excellent: Kingscrusher, Chessexplained and Chessvideoguy. The first two are very active. They upload video’s every day. Chessvideoguy seems to be taking a break.

Most of the other high quality video makers have stopped. It’s understandable that there comes a moment when chess video makers ask themselves: “Do I get enough in return for the energy that I put in this video’s?”. I also asked myself this question and that’s how I came with the idea of the game analysis service. Until now it has worked very well. People send me their games and they find my analysis instructive.

Let’s hope that Kingscrusher will keep entertaining us with his attacking style in blitz games and that Chessexplained will continue making his very instructive video’s.

What are your favourite youtube chess channels? Leave your comments…

A short break…


April 11, 2012.

Hi all,

I’ve uploaded today part 20 of the middlegame training.

I’m taking a short break now. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.

Best wishes,

Majnu.

More brain push ups!


Here is a position from John Nunn’s book Endgame Challenge. (See previous post)
It’s white to move. It looks as if white’s position is hopeless. The black pawn is ready to promote. But still there is a way to save the game and achieve a draw!
How can white prevent the black pawn from promoting?

I’ll post the solution in a couple of days. Good luck solving!

John Nunn’s Endgame Challenge


This book is filled with the most beautiful endgame studies ever seen. It’s not a book that teaches you basic endgames, but a book that shows the deeper parts of chess. It’s a chess book that can be very useful for your understanding of chess but you will have to take your time to examine, study, analyse, and slowly absorb it’s content.

The best way to use a book like this is to take on one position at a time and find as much analysis as possible, writing down the various lines of play. When you think that you have exhausted all the likely possibilities, look again for the unlikely ones. That is the beauty of a good endgame study!

If you live in The Netherlands of in Belgium you can order this book (or any other) at Boek.net without shipping costs!

Dr John Nunn is one of the best-respected figures in world chess. He was among the world’s leading grandmasters for nearly twenty years, winning four gold medals in chess Olympiads and finishing sixth overall in the World Cup in 1989. He is a much-acclaimed writer, whose works have won ‘Book of the Year’ awards in several countries. In 2004, 2007 and 2010 Nunn was crowned World Chess Solving Champion, ahead of many former champions.

If you are looking for a book that explains you step by step the essential knowledge about chess endgames there is the famous book Chess Endings by GM Yuri Averbach.

Averbakh’s endgame book concisely reviews major endgame positions, mates, and strategy. In five organized chapters, the author takes readers through the basics and introduces some of the complex features of endgames. The book is written for chess players rated between 1500 and 2100.

Also this title is available at Boek.net.