This collection of FREE Chess Easter Clipart features kings, queens, pawns, Easter bunnies and colorful eggs. A few of the images also feature the text Happy Easter and can be used as headers or page dividers. All of the Clipart images below are PNGs with transparent backgrounds. You can download any image by right clicking or opening in a new window and then saving to your computer.
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.
I love to surround myself with unique decorations that are related to my hobbies. Chess is no exception and the winter holidays are the perfect time to give and yes, receive these treasures. Personalized ornaments make amazing, inexpensive, quality gifts and are an excellent addition to any Christmas tree. Take a look at a few of my favorites…
Chess, a Cat and Mouse Game
Personalized Chess Graduation Ornament
This is a perfect gift for any chess lover that has recently graduated from high school, college or any other schooling program.
White Chess Pieces on Blue Nebula Background
Personalized Blue Nebula Chess Ornament
This is a fun ornament for all chess lovers. The white pieces look other worldly on the blue nebula background.
King and Queen Chess Pieces in Love
These are perfect for chess players in love. There are two ornaments, one with black pieces and the other with white. They each can be personalized with their names and year.
The following are a few Free viewers that I have been using to review my games and evaluate tasks in the courses that I have been studying. My current favorite is ChessBase Reader 2013…
ChessBase Reader 2013
#1 ChessBase Reader 2013 – This is a very easy to use PNG viewer. The controls are in a great location and I love the pop up Variations window. These seem to be my most important reviewing requirements at this time. Another feature that is helpful, especially with producing material for this site, is the option to “Publish to the Web” either as a One Click Publication or to create an HTML file. However, I can’t find a way to easily capture an image of just the board. You can capture a great image with ChessX though…
#2 ChessX – I don’t dislike this PNG viewer. However, I wish the controls were under the board and I can’t find a way to have the variations actively confront me. I love that you can easily save an image of your current board. So, I am still using this viewer.
#3 Scid vs. PC – I don’t hate this viewer. The controls are in a bit of a better place, for me that is, than ChessX but I can’t get the screen capture to work. It’s also not as aesthetically pleasing. Is that a bit shallow? Maybe but it is 2016 and many other FREE viewers are lookin’ HOT! So, I have decided to part ways and uninstall this viewer.
I’m sure there are many others but this is my list for now.