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wschmidt 81 ( +1 | -1 )
Novice Nook # 47 This week's Novice Nook is called "The Big Five" and is Heisman's examination of "the most important aspects to concentrate upon to start playing good chess". A worthwhile article, not one of his best, I'd say. What do others of you think.

By the way, in my capacity as founder of the Chess Coaching Club, I'm thinking I'd like to come up with about 12 of the Novice Nook articles as a core group of articles for folks I'm coaching to read over the course of 3 month coaching program. I'd appreciate it if any of you who have been reading along would make any recommendations about which articles would be good for that purpose. Post here or send me a PM.

Thanks and have a good weekend.

Here's the link:

-> www.chesscafe.com
cascadejames 137 ( +1 | -1 )
7.Qb1 Wschmidt, thanks again for keeping us going on this.

NN #47 is useful to me as a recap of some earlier points. I learn best with repetition.

But I had trouble following this week's exercise. So far as I can tell, after 4.Qxc4, white's queen does not move again until move 7, and then he says it moves to b1. Obviously the Q cannot move from c4 to b1 in one move. Am I doing something wrong or should it really be 7.Qb3.

As far as the articles that have been most useful to me, I would say that generally I have benefited from those emphasizing tactics. I am sure that comes as no surprise to teachers like Heisman and Wschmidt. In particular have been helped by:
"The Seeds of Tactical Destruction;"
"Revisiting the Seeds of Tactical Destruction;"
and
"The Underrated Removal of the Guard."

I will try to add links to these in a moment.

I played chess seriously about 40 years ago, then put it aside because of lack of time. Now I have taken it up again and have been relearning. I am discovering that most of what I retained over my long vacation is limited to strategy. That may be because when I was a boy, I didn't need to think about tactics. They just seemed to appear in my head, so I never thought about tactics in any formal way. Now I have had to add some structure to my tactical thinking and I have definitely noticed a difference.
cascadejames 45 ( +1 | -1 )
references to favorites "The Seeds of Tactical Destruction;" June 2001 #5
-> www.chesscafe.com

"Revisiting the Seeds of Tactical Destruction;" Jan 2003 #24
-> www.chesscafe.com
and

"The Underrated Removal of the Guard." Sept. 2001 #8
-> www.chesscafe.com