Armis' Chess Exercises
This is a series of threads Armis made that challenge CV members to find the best plan. These threads constitute some of the best training material on the site. Scroll down for links to the posts.
Introduction (by Armis)
I fell in love with chess when I was 17 years old by close to accidentally playing a chess game. I was simply obsessed! And my results at school could confirm that. Endless hours spent on chess instead of homework. Just 15min and I'll go do my homework, ok one more game, just one more... I think you know the feeling. Anyway, I've been enjoying it a lot since then, made new friends, had good memories it has always been like a cold shower for my head. Chess is truly inspiring in many many ways...
Only recently I noticed that I really enjoy helping others to improve their game. I wish I had a site like this back then. I remember the toughest thing for me to understand was positional play. This seemed very very hard. I had one million and five questions but simply no one could answer them for me :scratch: . Finally, I ended up printing some scanned books I found on the internet on positional play. Those were mostly positional exercise kind of books. Good move! :thumright: It actually worked just great for me. I believe this is one of the most valuable chess lessons one can have. Trying first to find his way through the labyrinth of complications, experience the problems the players faced, feel the complexity of the position and only then, only then look at the game continuation and the annotations explaining why this was great, that was absolutely horrible and here black can hold the balance.
So I ended up asking Josh if I could have my space on this wonderful site to post my adventures in the labyrinths of the black and white jungle. And here I am writing the introduction and still I still can't believe I'm doing this
Yeah, you probably think so after my rather lengthy and most likely unnecessary introduction. Anyway, from now on I'll try to post exercises or articles here. Well, mostly exercises where you'll be asked to find the move, then to find move again again and again. It's called a move by move exercise if I'm not mistaken. A really really cool idea I stole from the chessbase magazine. Sorry guys...
The most important part is I want you to really TRY TO FIND THE MOVES WHEN I ASK YOU TO. THE MORE EFFORT YOU PUT INTO INTO IT THE MORE YOU'LL GET OUT OF IT
If you don't understand my explanations write me, I'll try to make them crystal clear. If you don't understand a move or something write me, I'll try to explain it to you. If you have any problems, write me. And keep in mind that I'm NOT such a great chess expert so if you ever read what I wrote and thinking HELLO... What on earth is he talking about!? I'm always eager to have lively discussion to make things clear and clean up the mess I made.
So basically that's all I wanted to say. Ah, and one more thing if you have ANY comments or feedback please could you please write me a PM or email me or whatever. The more suggestions the better my work will be, if I won't get any I'll most likely think it sucks and stop doing it If you read it all the way till here, damn you are patient!! Congratulations, you'll be really good at handling endings
thanks for all your support I hope you'll enjoy this armis
- Introduction Armis introduces himself and explains his new series of threads.
- Fischer vs. Petrosian, Buenos Aires, 1971 The first thread in the series is a classic Fischer game. TrialAndError contributed an excellent chess cartoon to the thread.
- The Unfortunate Bishop Armis discusses the importance of piece placement.
- If you can't beat them, confuse them This thread challenges the reader to find a plan for the black side of a queenless middlegame. Armis suggests a surprising (and fascinating!) plan.
- Simplicity Finish the game!
- Keres vs. Smyslov, Zurich, 1953 Armis presents a classic from one of the greatest tournaments of all time.
- The King of Rook Endings Planning in the endgame!