Sutovsky Interviews Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Svidler, and More!

If you are like me and enjoy quality interviews with chess personalities then here are some links to some amazing interview that ACP President GM Emil Sutovsky recently conducted.

Boris Gelfand

Anna Muzychuk

Georg Meier

Vassily Ivanchuk

Peter Svidler

Thank you thank you thank you to GM Sutovsky for not only conducting such wonderful interview, but also for making them so accessible to everyone!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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How Many Hours Per Day Should One Study?

Of course this is a question that many of us ask ourselves, but the true answer always boils down to one thing…

WHAT you do, and HOW EFFICIENTLY you do it is much more important that HOW LONG you do it for.

While it’s for sure a true statement to say that the more study time one puts in the better the odds for good results, it’s also true that how that time is used it much more important than how much time is used.

Here is an excellent article by GM Sergey Shipov on this subject. https://thechessworld.com/articles/training-techniques/how-many-hours-per-day-to-work-on-chess-according-to-gm-shipov/

I myself have been spending anywhere from 30-90 minutes per day on chess for a long time, but only recently have I started really trying to focus those efforts and make them count for something.

I’m hoping to see a payoff from that in the not too distant future.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle for July 9, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1.Qxh5+ Rxh5 2.Bg6#

Daily Puzzles Update

So far I haven’t gained a single email subscriber since I added the daily puzzle feature.

I’m hoping that changes.  My daily traffic has stayed the same as well.

It was a lot of work adding those puzzles to the blog, so I’m hoping that one of these two things changes and I either start seeing an increase in email subscribers or an increase in daily traffic to the site.

Either would be a great indicator that this is worth the few hours it took!

Time will tell!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle for July 8, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1.Rd1 f5 2.Ba2 – there are also alternate solutions after moves like 1…Kf7 which are essentially the same.

Puzzle for July 7, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1.b5+ Kxc5 2.b6+

Missed Opportunity (Pokorski-Wainscott 1/2-1/2)

One area in which I have long struggled in chess is strategy.  Specifically as relates to planning.

I do feel like I have made some slight improvements in this area, but it’s not nearly enough.

This was evident in the following game.  I was never in any danger, but the one real missed opportunity in this game was by me.  I could have played 20…c4

So, at the end of the day I can see the next area I’ll need to focus a lot on.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Puzzle For July 6, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1.Qxf6+ Nxf6 2.Bxf6#

Puzzle for July 5, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1.Qxf7+ Rxf7 2.Re8+ Rf8 3.Rxf8+ Kxf8 4.Re8#

How Early is Too Early?

One thing I’ve read time and again by people working to improve is that often times they give themselves more time to improve by working on chess first thing in the morning while getting up earlier in order to do so.

I often work on chess early in the morning, especially on weekends, but normally I sort of get into the groove with some playing through games, etc.  This reminds me of an older gentleman who lives in Chicago named Vladimir who, prior to a tournament game, likes to find someone who’ll just make 10-15 moves on the board with him.

The idea is just to get used to moving the pieces and staying in theory.  Once the position gets to a point where either side would have to think he’ll reset the pieces so it can be done again.

He calls this “priming the pump” and it’s an interesting approach.  His philosophy is that shuffling a little bit of wood will get the brain up to speed on piece coordination prior to the game.

So this morning I decided to do my 15 minutes of tactics first thing.  Like immediately.  I woke up, went downstairs to my chess lab, and set the timer and off I went.

Here are the results…

Date Day Correct/Missed
7/1/2018 Day 1 16/5
7/2/2018 Day 2 16/6
7/3/2018 Day 3 22/4
7/4/2018 Day 4 20/3
7/5/2018 Day 5 11/3

As you can see, the results were slightly out of whack.  The percentage doesn’t seem too out of line with prior results, but the number solved is far off the mark.

Granted, a sample size of one may be statistically insignificant, but I can tell you that I felt slow when I was solving.

So there seems to be something said for priming the pump.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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