Junior coaching ... keep it simple !

By Phil Adams (3Cs' chief coach)
His ability as a chess coach ? Just look at 3Cs' records !!!

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Some chess suggestions during the current health crisis

Many, if not all, of you will have much more free time than usual; this is a great opportunity to work on improving your chess. I suggest a ‘balanced diet’, such as:

1: Learn or revise basic endgames from books such as Dvoretsky’s Endgame Manual, How to Play Chess Endgames by Müeller & Lamprecht or 100 Endgames You Must Know by De La Villa. The work you put in now, learning and practising basic endgames, will be useful to you for as long as you want to keep playing chess and (unlike openings) it will never go out of date!

2: Play through practical endgames, using books such as Endgame Strategy by Shereshevsky, How to Play Chess Endgames by Müeller & Payeken or the excellent books by Glenn Flear or John Nunn.

3: Play through as many of the great games of the past as you can, collected in books such as The Mammoth Book of the World's Greatest Chess Games.

4: Learn and practise some strong main-line (or at least “respectable” secondary) openings and defences.

5: For relaxation as well as practice:
a) play some on-line blitz at 3’+2” or 5’+3”, but use these games mainly to practise your openings – save each game in PGN as you go along and look at them again later, especially in respect of the opening;
b) solve puzzles or endgame studies e.g. at chess.com, maybe using “puzzle-rush”.

29 July 2020

Chess news websites:

A new website focusing on chess, technology and IT:

The FIDE Online Chess Olympiad starts 29.07.20. Watch the action live on Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaKTbkBZedY or on chess.com/tv with commentary by GM Roeland Pruijssers and WFM Alessia Santeramo.
Website: https://olymp.fide.com/

For advanced players: a re-examination of the famous endgame of two bishops vs two knights that arose in the match between Flohr and Botvinnik in 1933:

Biel chess festival
The organizers of the Biel Chess Festival decided to go forward with the 53rd edition, despite the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Grandmaster Tournament, with four 2700+ rated players in the line-up, is the main event and will run from July 19 through July 29.

Legends of Chess
The fourth tournament of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour is taking place from July 21 through August 4. Six illustrious players from the previous generation are in the mix — Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Leko and Peter Svidler — and are joined by Magnus Carlsen, Ding Liren, Anish Giri and Ian Nepomniachtchi.

A recent book that can be warmly recommended for all players below approximately ECF 110 grade, written by one of the most experienced junior coaches in the UK, at present available only in Kindle format: Chess Openings for Heroes by Richard James:

3Cs' head coach Phil Adams providing valuable instruction to 8 year old Zayeem Alam as well as his dad Shahed who also plays for the club ..... We will refrain from discussing which one of them is in more need of Phil's coaching !

Click on this link to access coaching information by 3Cs' player Paul Keech, one of the officially recognised coaches for the Chess in Schools and Communities programme.

x Shahed

Anyone who would like to gain some practice playing longer games with more thinking time can easily do so at this free website ...


“The King’s Indian defence is one of the most fascinating openings in chess. It involves everything I love about the game: risk-taking, attacking, exchanging weaknesses or material for dynamic chances,
clever tactics, surprising turnarounds and a deep sense of possibility.”
GM Ilya Smirin
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“The highest art of the chessplayer lies in not allowing your opponent to show you what he can do.”
Former World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov

3Cs often ask other people to sometimes assist with coaching at the club so as to gain different points of view. Above is shown FIDE Master Alex Longson (grey top near the door), himself a product of the 3Cs' coaching system and a former England junior international, who has taken charge of many of the club's coaching sessions. Alex also organises the Delancey UK Chess Challenge along with his wife Sarah who also assists at the club.

Free Online Chess Lessons for Kids

The "Chess in Schools and Communities" organisation have launched a campaign to get one million children playing chess during the period of lockdown by offering 3 months free membership of their online service. Click on the following link for further details

A Longson coach (4)

Learn these simple rules ...

a: Often the best moves do TWO good things; most notably the double attack (eg: a fork)

b: Always look at the forcing moves

c: f2 and f7 are the weakest points in the first part of the game

d: In the opening, don't move the same piece twice without a good reason

e: When ahead on material, exchange pieces not pawns

f: When losing on material, exchange pawns not pieces

g: With the safer king, keep the queens on

h: When under attack, try to exchange queens

i: When attacking, invite everyone to the party

j: Every pawn move creates a weakness.
(ie: Don't move a pawn when stuck for a move - try to improve your worst piece instead)

k: Chess is two-way traffic - always look at what the opponent is trying to do