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.

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.

What is the best book on chess endgames?


Now that is really a tricky question! It’s very hard to decide which book is the best on this subject since it depends on the level of the reader. An excellent book for an expert like for example Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual may be a bad choice for a 1500 player.

Personally I’ve enjoyed very much Capablanca’s best chess endings, by Chernev.

Also Silman’s Complete endgame course is in my opinion a good buy. Especially because it handles endgames categorized for different rating levels.

There are of course many online book stores, like the Dutch Boek.net, where you can have a look around.

When chess becomes art!


Every chess players will agree with me that being concious of the imbalances and characteristics of a position is one of the most important things in a game. This awareness is the first thing that we need in order to start making a good plan in the endgame.

At the same time it’s highly important to have knowledge of some endgame patterns that sometimes arise. In this video I’ll show you an endgame composition that has some similarities with the famous study by Richard Reti that I showed in one of my previous  videos.