Friday, November 25, 2005

Andrew Martin and The Basics of Winning Chess Introduction

To some it might seem i am not very active where it comes to studying chess these days, and you're right! I am not. But i am trying to squeeze some in here and there. And one must not forget that i am considering the best of moves almost everyday, in quite some turn-based games i've got going on around the web. And i am still in review mode of PCT. Not that there are that many positions to review yet. About 300+ or so, but it's not like i am doing nothing. And the activity will come again. Anyway, as i said, while trying to squeeze some study in here and there, i decided to start watching a ChessBase DVD that i've got, titled Andrew Martin: The basics of winning chess a few days ago, in which International Master Andrew Martin (who would be on my list of most wanted coaches) is your trainer. I only managed to view the intro though. But never the less, the intro contained one highly instructive game. It shows you very clearly what lack of development can do to you. And vice versa ofcourse :)
Now, the game is played between former world champion Mikhail Tal and Georgi Tringov (click to replay). Again i would like to point out that it's a highly instructive game, due to it's clearness. So i advice you to do replay it. What else have i picked up from the introduction? Well, Andrew Martin tells you that "constantly refering back to basics" is an absolute must! And that it is certainly "NOT" a shame to do so. Not that i am ashamed of going over basic stuff, but someone else might be. But it is exactly the basics on which a game is so often decided. By not following basic principles (for instance) you often find yourself losing games. Also, he tells you to set it as your aim to become an all-round player right at the beginning. Meaning you've got to learn to play the opening well, the middlegame well, and the endgame well. As he believes that today's player, should be an all-round one. Also, he talks about developing mental strength, in order to be ready for the game. He talks about enjoyment of the game. Enjoyment and wanting to win. As it is his belief, that this is the key to getting it right. You have to try and get yourself into a mindstate of enjoyment of the game, which in turn will help you play at your best. Without it, you will not be able to play at your best. Furthermore, he advices that if chess becomes a chore, and you're tired of it, to simply stop playing. Stop, regroup, and come back to it later. Chess should not be addictive, nor compulsive. Anyway, that is roughly what i picked up of the introduction, so if it isn't making any sense, sorry 'bout that :)
I will be commenting about the rest of the DVD's contents as well. So expect to hear more from Andrew Martin: The basics of winning chess. And thank's to everyone outthere for sharing it ;)


At 25 November, 2005 15:59 , Blogger knightwiz said...

Interesting game.. how to crush a GM under 20 moves? hehe

At 26 November, 2005 04:43 , Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

Well, to tell you the truth, the only thing telling me Tringov is a Master of any kind (in this game), is the fact that he's making perfect book moves. Other then that, it could have been me :)

But just take a moment to look at how perfectly Tal develops. He really develops each and every piece in the opening, moving them only once!

Maybe the Modern Defence (which i find interesting myself) was playable against Tal. But surely it wasn't the variation Tringov chose.

At 27 November, 2005 04:59 , Blogger King of the Spill said...

Nice game.

The DVD sounds like it's giving very good advice.

At 27 November, 2005 09:52 , Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

Well, personally, i'm a big fan of ChessBase training DVD's. Especially the one's from Andrew Martin. I prefer having them feature Andrew Martin. He has a way of keeping your attention. They also feature other trainers, such as Jacob Aagaard, or Peter Wells. Which are good as well. But their appearances are very technically. Which makes it hard to keep your attention when they're discussing a long chapter. Martin throws in a litlle humour here and there. Anyway, they even have DVD's (CD's) featuring Garry Kasparov and Korchnoi. But Korchnoi's is more of the biographical kind. And Garry Kasparov's comes in handy when you're looking to play the Najdorf or Queens Gambit. They're opening training DVD's. I have them too. But i will go over them when i get into the opening training phase. But that is way back on my list.

At 27 November, 2005 09:54 , Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

And ofcourse, it is all interactive. You need to use them with ChessBase or Fritz.


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