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far1ey ♡ 32 ( +1 | -1 )
CHESS TUTOR WANTED I need a chess tutor, but since I am not a paying member I cannot join the chess club which has loads of tutors... My rating is around 1500 but I cannot seem to improve no matter how many games I play nor how many books I read. Please contact me if you think you could tutor me. Thanks.
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coyotefan ♡ 10 ( +1 | -1 )
How much are you willing to pay? As you are asking someone to assist you, I assume you will pay? I used a tudor a few years ago and paid him $45.00 an hour.
misato ♡ 88 ( +1 | -1 )
far1ey Send me an unrated challenge as soon as you have an open spot (currently 12) - if you like. You name the colours and the opening. We can play a commented game then.

Another chance is that I take a closer look at your past games (or you tell me 1-2 which you think are worth to learn from). I hope to point at some characteristic or decisive positions. This analysis may lead to questions/problems for you, no lectures but some hopefully learning units. All depends on how our preferences will meet.

I offered the same half a year ago to a member in wschmidt's tutorial chess club who was looking for advice, too. I wanted to give something back to the paying GK-members because they support my non-paying status here. Unfortunately it seems he left GK some weeks later. Now it's time for new try.

I can remember well what a 14-year-old can afford to pay, there won't be any problems.
zhnkiu ♡ 93 ( +1 | -1 )
Well, lets look at some positional puzzles. I can sometimes find the first move in A. Livshitz: Test Your Chess IQ, Grandmaster Challenge, Book 3 (My IQ estimate appears to be consistently about 1740 ELO), but not so easy seeing all the lines, so I usually only get partial credit. At your level you might be able to handle his Book 2, Master Challenge, where I'm more at home, but the puzzles are comparatively simplistic. But I'd suggest starting with his Book 1 anyway, Introductory Challenge. Here you'll find a basic overview of all the general tactics in the game.

Studying puzzles are about the same pace as playing on Gameknot, and I see others can already play you unrated. If you like, I can select some from these books to discuss. However, I've since lost Book 1, so be prepared...

?/Would it be ok to post these on the Gameknot puzzle database or would that be copywrite infringment? The puzzles themselves are taken from existing games...
far1ey ♡ 122 ( +1 | -1 )
Responces... coyotefan $45.00??!?!?!?!! You must be crazy!!!!
As misato said, I'm only 14 and I don't even have a job yet!!! (not even pocket money)

Thanks for the helping hand misato, I really want to get a higher rating...

zhnkiu : I have allready said that I'm reading a lot of chess books and I am currently reading "Chess 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games by Laszlo Polgar", father of the Polgar sisters which pretty much takes care of any problems I have with recognising wins/paterns. I have also read many books at the local library and my rating before I started reading them was 1300 so I have already come a fair way, and I doubt reading will get me much further unless I get into the really "deep" books which I am too busy to concentrate on. (All this reading caused me to fail half my exams at school).

PS: It's amazing how I do this with my friends calling me "The Chess Nerd" ;)
zhnkiu ♡ 47 ( +1 | -1 )
Yes, but can it do this... "Velimirovis-Fridjonsson, Reykjavik, 1974
1.fxe6 fxe6 2.Qh3 Nf8 3.Rxh7! Nxh7 (if 3...Bxb3 4.Rh8+ Kf7 5.Rf1+ Ke8 6.Rfxf8+ Bxf8 7.Qxe6+ Kd8 Rxf8+ Kc7 9.Rf7+) 4.Qxe6+ Kf8 (bad is 4...Kh8 5.Qxe7; 6.e6+) 5.Rf1+ Ke8 6.Rf7! Rb7 7.Bxa4+ Qxa4 8.Rxh7 Kd8 9.Bb6+! Rxb6 10.Qxe7+ resigns"

I certainly can't! I suppose that's the depth of a GM. Notice the critical move wasn't the first move...

Tangentally, I'd suggest studying other things besides chess; Mathematics, Music, Art. These train other areas of your brain, so you don't tip over...
b123 ♡ 70 ( +1 | -1 )
Software ->

Check out this link. It's a very good program. At helps me really understanding chess. My rating went from 1100 to 1600+, and i feel i still make progression.

It did took me 3 years to complete step 1 till 4. I didn't used it very often. Only once in a while a few lessons. Don't expect an immediate boost in your rating, but on long term it will definitly open your eyes a bit further.
It's much more interactive as a book and everything is really good explained.

It only cost $25, the same as a half hour coyotefan :p

b123 ♡ 9 ( +1 | -1 )
oops It's not showing to complete link. Try copy pasting it.

far1ey ♡ 30 ( +1 | -1 )
lol zhnkiu I'm afraid I've still tried everything in that sector.

I have been learning Guitar since Grade 1 (8 Years) and Piano for a few. My maths is excellent. Art... Well My sister is good at drawing. lol. I ain't that good....
wschmidt ♡ 282 ( +1 | -1 )
far1ey, I'm reading between the lines of your posts so pardon me if I'm off base. Here is what I see:

"I cannot seem to improve no matter how many games I play nor how many books I read."

"I'm reading a lot of chess books and I am currently reading "Chess 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games by Laszlo Polgar", father of the Polgar sisters which pretty much takes care of any problems I have with recognising wins/patterns. I have also read many books at the local library...."

"I doubt reading will get me much further unless I get into the really "deep" books which I am too busy to concentrate on."

What these quotes from your messages suggest to me is that you may be "reading" a lot but not studying very much. I.e, if, up til now, you've "read" a lot of books but haven't mastered the material by being able to put it into practice, you might consider going back to one or two of those books and really studying them.

For example, if you've gone through a tactics book once, go through it again and again until you can do every puzzle in 30 seconds or less. (Do it with a book of 300 positions, not Lazlo's 5000+.) If you've gone through a middle game book, set up the key positions from each chapter on your chess software and play against the computer at different settings so you can implement the correct plan against a variety of responses. Do the same thing against the computer while going through an endgame book.

Once again, reading a chess book is not the same thing as studying it. You can glean some general principles from reading, but in chess, general principles will only take you so far.

You don't say anything about analyzing your games. Take the last ten games you played and run them through your computer for two minutes a move analysis. My guess is you will find you made a lot of tactical errors in both your wins and your losses. Ask yourself what underlies those errors. Did you examine the move that your opponent made and didn't see its implications? Or did you not examine the move at all? Over the next 15 weeks, do that for all 150+ games you've played on GK. Print out the positions where you made the tactical errors. Study them until you can solve each one in 30 seconds or less, your own puzzle book.

Obviously, you're not going to do all this stuff at once - pick something and go with it. Really learn it. I posted one of my favorite chess quotations at the beginning of the Chess Coaching Club: Bent Larsen was once asked: “How do you get better at chess?” He responded: “First you learn one thing really well. Then you learn something else really well. Then you go on to something else. Pretty soon you know a lot.”

Oh, and stick with Misato as long as she'll let you. She's both sane and wise - a rare combination in a chessplayer. ws
ionadowman ♡ 110 ( +1 | -1 )
Looking at yr game history, far1ey... ...You seem to be doing sensible things: you try to play sensible openings, and you seem consistently to be playing opponents with slightly higher ratings. It seems likely you have hit a plateau in your chess development - you are in the middle of learning something, without really realising it!
A look at your latest defeats indicates you do need to work on your endgames. You ought to have won the latest one, and you certainly had the better of the late middlegame/early endgame in the other. Both were against higher rated players.
In the former. possibly you were a bit overconfident when gradually giving up a whole rook's lead in material to simplify the game. Unfortunately the pawn ending you obtained may have been winning for Black - he certainly was winning once he got his passer on the a-file.
In the latter game's rook ending, there was no need to let him promote his a-pawn. After checking his king, ...Ra1 is indicated. (Placing your rook behind the passed pawn is a standard part of one's endgame technique, whether the passed pawn is the enemy's, or your own.)
Hope this helps...
ionadowman ♡ 28 ( +1 | -1 )
A clarification on that last rook ending ...Even after 51...c1+ 52.Kg2 Ra1(!) Black is probably still lost, e.g:
53.Rb7+ Ke6 (pointless going after the rook; better to see what you can save out of your K-side) 54.Rxg7 h6 55.Rh7 Kf5 56.Rxh6 Rxa7 still leaves Black with 1 pawn vs 3. But white is left with some work to do...
far1ey ♡ 32 ( +1 | -1 )
Yeah.... ionadowman - Hmmmm I have never really analysed my games that deeply, I'll start doing it right away. As to the last game, well it was a fiasco to say the least.

PS: Thanks for the tips, they will certainly help me in my games.
ionadowman ♡ 52 ( +1 | -1 )
If you mean against amasil... ... your ...Re2 was a bit premature, but until then your game seemed OK pretty much. (I might not have played 9...e4, but without going into it deeply, I don't see any immediate problem with it.) Your response to his caveman opening was restrained and well-considered. By about move 10, though, things were getting very complicated, White with pressure on f7, Black with central pressure. A fair bit of analysis was called for here, methinks...
If you like, I could look into it a bit further...
ganstaman ♡ 41 ( +1 | -1 )
amasil v far1ey I think I'm looking at the same game ionadownman was. Why resign there as black? All I see is that black is forced to lose the exchange, which isn't even close to a reason to resign, at any level of chess. I hope I'm just missing something obvious, because premature resignations sadden me (no excitement for the viewers, no learning of defense and creating complications for the loser, no learning how to win a won game for the winner -- everyone loses).
far1ey ♡ 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Resigned because... I just resigned because I thought there was nothing I could do against the threat of the rook, F7 and the knight all of which would lose a piece.

I think.... Is there a way out? Please tell me.

ganstaman ♡ 26 ( +1 | -1 )
How about 14...Rxf2. If 15.Rxf2, then 15...Nf6 should be fine. Or 15.Qxd5 Rxf1+ 16.Kxf1 Be6.

I may be missing some great moves by white, but I still see black losing the exchange at worst. I haven't looked at it too deeply, so me missing something is very possible.
alberlie ♡ 63 ( +1 | -1 )
Qxd5 doesn't work I think: 14. ... Rxf2 15. Qxd5 Ne77!
If Rxf2 Nxd5 Bxd5 Bxh2+! wins for black.
15. Qxd5 Ne7 Qxf7+! looses as well.
15. Qxd5 Bxh2+! Kxh2 Qxd5 Bxd5 Rxf1 is good for black too, and the most forcing.
But Ne7 is very cute also. If the queen moves somewhere out of danger, theres still that Bxh2+ threat!

Is there anything else?

Therefore 14. ... Rxf2 Rxf2 is necessary. Now Nf6 Bg5! Be7 (h6 Bxf6 Qxf6 Qxf6 gxf6 Rxf6 and pretty much hopeless) Nd2 and black will be hard pressed to find anything against trippeling on the f-file and Ne4...
ganstaman ♡ 8 ( +1 | -1 )
hmmmm I don't have too much time to analyze now, but how does 17...Bg4 look?

14...Rxf2 15.Rxf2 Nf6 16.Bg5 Be7 17.Nd2 Bg4
alberlie ♡ 0 ( +1 | -1 )
why not simply 18. Qf4?
ganstaman ♡ 70 ( +1 | -1 )
Well, I'd be tempted to try 18...Bd6, forcing the queen off the f-file.

But look at it this way: we've just played 5 full moves more in the game. Yes, black is in trouble, but he's only down the exchange and is forced to defend for now. I'm not sure if the position holds, but there is some life, and we don't know what moves amasil would have played.

I know that everyone has their own idea of when to resign, but especially for someone trying to learn more, I would certainly think that playing on here would be best. At worst, it will teach you good defensive skills. If you never play on in inferior positions (inferior, but not necessarily losing) then you will miss out on a lot of wins and a lot of learning.
alberlie ♡ 33 ( +1 | -1 )
no, Bd6 doesn'T work... I was tempted to include that as a questionable sideline:Bxf6 leads to massive exchanges (Either Qxg4 or Bxf6 force the queens+piece off the board and clear that unprotected f7 square...)

And of course you are right: I probably wouldn't have resigend too - if only to not have to bear the shame of resigning before move 20 ;o))
ionadowman ♡ 90 ( +1 | -1 )
Having had a further look... ... I can confirm that 12...Re2 was the mistake that led to the loss. Although I probably would not have gone into the e-pawn advance, there seems to be nothing wrong with it. Nothing tactical, at any rate.
Alberlie and ganstaman are right that 14...Rxf2 minimises your losses, and they correctly demonstrate the White turns the tables on himself with 15.Qd5??
However, after 15.Rxf2 (or, possibly better, 15.Qxf2), Black's best reply is 15...Be6, I reckon. E.g. 14...Rxf2 15.Rxf2!? Be6 16.Bxd5?! Bxd5 (... with the idea 17.Qxd5?? Bxh2+!). Black's development and bishop pair go some way to mitigate the material deficit, and gives a fighting chance. The positions Black gets after 15...Nf6 strike me as too passive. White gets a strong K-side attack whilst retaining a powerful grip on the centre. Black will have difficulty obtaining any kind of play.
far1ey ♡ 40 ( +1 | -1 )
In a nutshell... As I have said, I don't analyse any of my games but I am now starting to do that now.
So in a nutshell...
-Analyse past games and create own puzzle book.
-Understand books, don't just read them.
-Create a daily routine. (puzzles etc)
-Work on endgames.
-And perhaps not resigning when until completely lost?

Anything else I've missed?

(Got three weeks of holiday's coming up. I'm sure I'll get all of this done.)

ionadowman ♡ 4 ( +1 | -1 )
That'll do for starters... Enjoy your holiday!