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How to Choose a Chess Move

How to Choose a Chess Move


Today I shall review Soltis’ book – How to Choose a Chess Move. Selecting a good chess move is a remarkably complex task. By the time we begin to take the game seriously, by reading books or playing in tournament, we’ve forgotten how extraordinarily difficult the process is.

We’ve forgotten because we take for granted various time – saving steps. Without those shortcuts, selecting one move from the dozens of possibilities would seem impossible.

What is the difference between a GM who selects the best candidate moves more often than not and players like you and me who seem to struggle in this aspect?

GM Andre Soltis has written a wonderful book – How to Choose a Chess Move that fills a void which seems to be neglected apart from Silman’s herculean efforts titled How to Reassess your Chess, The Amateur’s Mind, and Reassess your Chess Workbook.

Long ago, the Russian author Alexei Seutin wrote a book called Three Steps to Chess Mastery, that was somewhat ambiguous for me in my early stages of chess learning and training.

Soltis’ book is aimed at club level players who have mastered the basics of chess principles and are adept at solving simple chess tactics and mates.

It is organized into 11 Chapters offering incredibly nice insights on how GM’s think. This resource offers an incredible wealth of information and each chapter is worth its weight in gold!

If you have to have just one book for the next few months to read, I would  recommend How to Choose a Chess Move (Clicking this link would add this book to your Amazon cart. My only grouse is that it has only 240 pages, for a work of this importance in the field of chess literature.





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Tarrasch Chess GUI

Try Tarrasch Chess GUI and be amazed! For those Chess aficionados who are also tech savvy, I will suggest a new Chess program that is very simple to use. It is simple and robust and can be setup in minutes. That is the beauty of it. It is a complete package and what’s more – it is FREE !!!

Tarrasch is an extremely easy to use free chess program for Windows. Tarrasch comes bundled with some free chess engines, which also includes the latest Stockfish and the demo version of Houdini which is not a weakling at all, so as a lay user one would get all the requisite tools in one package.

No need to run around installing the engines one-by-one or even searching for one.

The download link is here – Click here to download Tarrasch for Windows.

Tarrasch is designed to to make it as easy as possible to perform some basic chess activities –

  • You can play a chess game against a chess engine, with either color, from any position, with even a time handicap if you want some quality training.
  • Setup any position that is needing analysis and get the engine to analyze that position. What’s more you can play through the engine-analysis.
  • Create and edit .pgn* files (standard chess documents).
  • Enter variations easily (just make moves anywhere).
  • Enter and edit comments easily (just click anywhere and start typing).
  • Promote and demote variations and even comments (so comments can change to moves and vice-versa – great for picking text off a website).

*PGN stands for Portable Game Notation.

About the Author:

The author Bill Forster, regularly updates the program and only in extreme cases there may be a big gap in the update. As I am a Email subscriber of the author I come to know when he releases an update and many a times when one thinks he has stopped the development I get a comeback message from him. The reason I write this post is because he appears to me as a sincere and humble person who like most of us has chess as a underlying passion that propels us. I would like to take this opportunity to wish him the best of health and wealth and see him doing his favorite hobby of his for a long time to come.
Feature requests are always welcome by the author. You can contact the author to build a special version of Tarrasch if you have any special feature. Also feature requests are welcome. This is one good program not to miss.


The installation was a bressze and the program was literally ready to play in a few seconds. The menus are pretty much self explanatory and if at any time you mess up with the program you can return to the defaults by clicking on >Options – Reset to factory defaults<

Tarrasch Chess

Tarrasch has some unique functions that deal with the way you can import and use comments and variations as you can see form the screen shot below – Change text of commands from ‘promote comments to variation’ to ‘promote comments to moves’

Tarrasch Chess GUI


I am eagerly awaiting his Tarrasch V3 as he has promised even more functionality and options for the users but before that comes around I am happy fiddling with the Tarrasch v2.03a.
The author’s blog is here – https://triplehappy.wordpress.com/

Look at his video explaining some of the salient features of Tarrasch Chess GUI. Also be sure to check out the help file for all the descriptions about the different menu functions. The most important one is regarding the Kibitzers – that is something you must read before you can understand the full potential of the Tarrasch chess GUI.


Source: Expert Chess


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  • The aim is to play chess against the computer with increasing levels of difficulty and with a limited number of hints that are given by a chess tutor.
  • Also included are thousands of training positions such as different types of endgames, tactical combinations and chess problems (mate in 2,3,4 and more).

I personally use this freeware software. It helps me a lot. I improved my rating after playing games with Lucas.

  • The computer uses different chess programs (so-called chess engines) of various strength. The user starts playing against the weakest engine at first. Initially the engine plays with limited strength but as the user wins more games the engine will be given more calculation time and its strength will improve. Eventually the engine will reach its maximum level of strength and if the user continues to win he will be passed to the next stronger engine and so forth. And even if you consider yourself being close to winning the next chess world championship, I can promise you that the included chess engines won’t run out of steam that quickly. The strongest engines included in this program (such as Rybka and Stockfish) will give a professional top ten world ranking chess player a real run for his money.
  • To overcome a level you must win against the engine twice, once with the white pieces and once with the black pieces. With every won game your personal point score increases. The higher the level the more points you receive for a won game. The engines are arranged in groups. Each group contains engines of similar strength. The basic rule for engines is, you have to collect plenty of points against lower rated engines until to can play the stronger engines. In detail this means each group of engines has a minimum required point score. If you want to play against an engine of a particular group your personal point score must have reached at least the group’s minimum point score.






Training Positions

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76,132 Studies by Harold van der Heijden - A mind-boggling effort by the author that took him 3 years of hard work (in perfecting...