Developing Relationships with One’s Chess Pieces

Developing Relationships with One’s Chess Pieces

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. 🙂

~Michelle

Personalized Chess Ornaments

Personalized Chess Ornaments

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 Full Moon Cat and Mouse Game Metal Ornament

Personalized Chess Full Moon Cat and Mouse Game Metal Ornament

Chess, a Cat and Mouse Game is my favorite for many reasons; it’s my current chess theme, it looks amazing and I’m a fool for personalized.  I’m Christmas wishing this one for my 2016 tree.

Graduation, Class of… with Black Chess Pieces

Personalized Chess Graduation Ornament

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

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.