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In my last post, I was studying GM Igor Smirnov’s course The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding to develop better relationships with my bishops and various other pieces. You can read about it HERE. Since then, I have completed the course and it has made an enormous difference in my playing abilities. Not only did it help me with my bishop issues but I was also pleasantly surprised at how much I learned about pawns. With this new knowledge, I was able to increase my rating but then it happened, again. I started struggling in games played against higher rated players. This time, the problem was my Endgame.
The endgame, to me, was daunting. It was slow and the board seemed like nothing but an endless bunch of empty spaces. I needed to change my endgame attitude so, I started studying GM Smirnov’s course An Endgame Expert. WOW! Once again it was just what I needed and once again, it was chock-full of amazing information. There are a total of 8 lessons in this course. I have completed only three of them but what a difference it has made. I like to study a bit and then practice everything until I have a solid~ish grasp on the new concepts. At the time of writing this, I have completed 50 games on chess.com and have obtained my highest rating of 1156. You can find my current stats HERE. I also feel that I’ve reached a good place to resume studying. I will soon begin Lesson 4, How to use your pieces in an end game. I took a quick look at the lesson and it seems to have details on using whatever pieces you have preserved or are stuck with. This is just what I need. That’s all for now.
I’m back from the holidays and am seriously studying chess, again. I previously left off with GM Igor Smirnov’s course The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding. You can read about it HERE. I have completed watching lesson 4 but need to continue reviewing it until I completely understand everything. What I do have, is a better understanding of the relationships between pawns, pieces and myself.
When I first started chess I had an infatuation with the bishop. It seemed to me that the movements were easy to understand and predict. This next part might be a bit strange but I also felt it possessed an admirable elegance and gracefulness. In the beginning, this was the piece I loved, while I struggled with not getting whacked by my opponents knights and never used my rooks correctly. Then it happened, my game started improving, I began playing higher rated players and I just couldn’t hang.
After evaluating my games, I realized that my biggest issue (because I have countless chess issues) was that I wasn’t developing my bishops correctly. I was like wait, what?! I thought that the bishop was the one piece I was developing to perfection but no, it was back to the drawing board. I had no idea what to do and honestly, I’m still at the not sure what to do point but I’m working on it. I watched GM Smirnov’s FREE video lesson Breaking stereotypes Part – 1 and now I know what not to do. My plan is to finish studying The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding, then begin GM Smirnov’s next course in his RCA Beginners Package, The Grandmaster’s Openings Laboratory and all the while continuing to play on chess.com. I think this plan will greatly improve my bishop issues and build my understanding of the relationships between the pawns, pieces and myself. So at the end of the day, I now love my Queen. 🙂
Less than a week ago, I gave myself one week to better understand the Order of Operations(Chess Principles), you can read about it HERE. I’m one day early but I think that I have developed a good understanding and now just need to work on perfecting it. This material was gained only from lessons one through three of GM Igor Smirnov’s course The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding. There are a total of seven lessons, a few bonus lessons and many practical tasks to complete.
I have moved on to lesson four but have yet to complete it. All I can say, at this time, is OMG and WOW! So far it’s Pawns, Knights and Bishops, Oh My. I didn’t even realize the presented material was something to be known. The information is beyond helpful and arrived just when I needed it most. Since I haven’t made it through the entire lesson, I have no idea how long it will take to complete.
I’m continuing on my journey; studying, playing and evaluating. During my studies I have continued to play games on chess.com. At the time of writing this, I have completed 11 games, 7W – 4L – 0D and have a rating of 1048. This is an amazing journey and I’m so excited to be on it.
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