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In my time as a chess coach I’ve had many students ask me about different places they can go on the web to improve or enjoy their chess more.  I have many answers, but today I thought I would take you through some of the more common and well liked websites that my students have agreed are of use to them.  Everybody wants something different from their chess and that’s why there are so many different types of websites out there.  Some of them require an e-mail address to create a password and login.  Please ask your parents permission before using any website like that and remember that playing chess online means people can chat to you and you can chat to them. Above all be safe in all your web surfing.

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Here is a position where material is even but White has more aggressively placed pieces whereas Black has a much better pawn structure.  The question is which side would you prefer to play.  White or Black?  It’s White to move.

White to Play.  Which side do you prefer?

White to Play. Which side do you prefer?

When you are ready to see the answer…

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This event (click for full results) was held at Doncaster Gardens Primary School and attracted a strong field of 64 players plus numerous assorted parents.

Tournament Winner Vinay Lakshman & Robert Jamieson

Tournament Winner Vinay Lakshman & Robert Jamieson

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In this position Black has just played 1…Re8.   This appears to be a blunder as White can play 2.Bxf7 forking the Queen and the Rook.  Should White take the pawn on f7 or does he perhaps have a better move?

White to Play

White to Play

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I was at an RJ Shield Tournament the other day and one of the parents asked me what his 10 year-old son had to do to keep improving. He was worried that his son, a promising player, had been playing in a number of tournaments but was not showing continuing signs of improvement.

A few weeks ago we were all surprised by the fantastic result of 15 year-old James Morris who became an International Master after his great result at the Zonal Tournament in Queensland. The question on everyone’s lips was how did James become so strong so young? Perhaps there are some lessons here that could help our worried father.

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I remember how it all started. Mum took me to an RJ Shield chess tournament one Sunday afternoon when I was 8 years old. I scored only 2 points! Look how far I’ve progressed…