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Hello CoolchessGM – Please advise me. I am aged 24 and a late beginner in chess. I know how to play at a very basic level like moving the pieces and the objective of the game as such, but have no understanding of the importance of chess strategy at all. I want to know How to learn chess fast. The reason I ask is – of late I have been playing a few games in my new residential colony where I shifted a few months ago, and there is this ‘nasty’ li’l kid who consistently keeps beating me at chess – so much so, that it is getting on my nerves and all this ego-bashing is a bit of a pain. that is when I decided to do some serious study and then play with him after I have seen some improvements in my approach. Recently I bought a video cd on the Guico Piano opening in chess and am wondering if this is a good entry point in improving my chess. So my question is: How to learn chess fast? Should I study this openings book (and will it be useful)? If not, what do you recommend I look at first? Thanks in advance – Gaurav C, Chennai.

P.S – I may not be able to spare much time daily (at most 1 hour) so please advise accordingly.

Hello Gaurav,

I am from Chennai too and I am happy you asked! Firstly – STOP buying books just because the cover looked attractive! Many people do things wrongly for a long time and then wonder why they failed in the end after having spent a lot of time and money.

Have you ever wondered why you are not able to beat chess players who are much younger than you? The reason is because they have been following a structured program of chess coaching and training either from childhood or by attending a chess academy.

While I do not advise adults to undertake such a tedious journey, as we are occupied with umpteen distractions like job and family and personal health constraints, what I would like to suggest is to spend time going through some of the essential – the basics so to say – resources listed below (in the order preferably).

book-190034_1280Revising the basics is the foremost condition for success in chess.

Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge by Averbakh

Chess Fundamentals by Capablanca

My System by Nimzowitsch

50 Chess Tips: Strategy & Tactics for Beginners

For grown ups (especially), the best way to learning chess, is to learn it backwards – starting from ending, middle game and then opening.

Endings always gives scope for a lot of training techniques such as visualization and calculation. Hence I recommend this approach for adults – start from there and you will have exponential growth. You will enjoy the high you get when you solve these endgame puzzles and then you will be equipped with the necessary tools to up the ante.

During the entire training time your mind will be sub-consciously absorbing all the techniques and then you will have an idea of what to do in the middle and opening stages of the game when you sit down to face that ‘nasty’ kid!

To stay in form I recommend solving chess tactics (minimum 30minutes daily), playing and analyzing training games (30min for player minimum), almost anything that makes you actively involved in chess. That’s the key.

Remember that progress will be slow and you must persever in your training to achieve something worthwhile.


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  • Also, you can try out a new chess software called Lucas Chess. 
  • If you are stagnating in your chess I suggest you read this article.

Do let me know after you have gone through these resources and whether you faced any difficulty in anyway. Wishing you all the best.



Golden Chess CentreOh and one more thing – STOP working hard. Work smarter and do drop in to Golden Chess Academy when time permits, to get a direct counseling from a passionate and dedicated chess coach. It is in Chennai and I am sure you will have a good idea when you meet a chess coach in person.

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How to conduct an online chess class

(Part 1)

That is the question that I get asked often when I talk with my friends who are coaches but not tech savvy. And the most surprising thing is that I did not find any solution when I ‘googled’ this topic! So here is (hopefully) a exhaustive discussion on the tools and methods that coaches may use to conduct online classes. Some are free while some are partially free depending on the level of the student.

Difficulty – 4/5

(which means you must either be tech-savvy or hire a friend/technical engineer to get the know-how. No one is born an expert. I learnt many
things by trial and error so there is no escape from this…)

I will be re-touching this article in due course as and when I get updated on anything specific. Most of the suggestions are from my personal experience and therefore I will be able to solve any pertinent questions you may have. 

In this first article I will be discussing the most important technical requirements that are essential before starting an online class (also known as a ‘net session’).

IntroPart 1 – How to conduct an online chess class – Checklist before beginning an online chess class.

1. Stable Internet connection either by Optical Fibre cable or fixed line broadband or 3G/4G dongles. (For coaches it must be fast)

2. Decent performance PC or Laptop (preferably newer ones).

3. Webcam.

4. Microphone (Coaches must have a professional one, while students can do with decent headphone+mic).

5. Decent quality Keyboard and mouse.

6. Decent sized single (for students) or Dual monitor setup (for coaches) to increase the productivity.

Software Requirements

1. Skype + membership (free).

2. Teamviewer for both student and coach.

3. Membership in online chess sites like Chesscube (VIP for coaches is a must), Playchess (some issues to get sorted but great overall), Chess.com, ICC and FICS.

4. [For Coaches] Chess Programs like Fritz, Chessbase, Chess King, SCID and some more which are based on specific requirements.

5. [For Students] Firefox or chrome (updated),

Personal/expertise requirements – Coaches 

require1. Room free from noise or distractions.

2. Patience to deal with technical irritants (have a pain balm in hand or have a green tea)

3. Healthy body and a healthy mind.

4. All relevant topics (that will be discussed and asked) must be noted in advance.

5. Any database that needs to be accessed must be kept ready.

6. Be prepared for relevant chess homework assignments to students.

7. Having a good command of the language of instruction is essential.

8. Focus on one or two topics, and let the student absorb at his pace.

9. Don’t restrict your class by time controls. Instead focus on completing something tangible.

10. Never do it solely for money. That is a sure shot way to demoralize and move someone away from chess.

Personal Requirements – Students studentrequirements

Register for online classes only if you are free and completely focused.

Ask questions when you do not understand anything, else it will be a waste of time and money.

Make a note of the points covered in a session and if you have time review them before the session is over.

Always try to finish your homework in time. Homework must be done with proper attitude.

Part 2 will continue next week. As usual comments and suggestions are welcome!

Visit Goldenchess.in for dedicated online classes.

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Are you a budding chess player who wants help to improve your  game play? You need to know where you are lacking?

Well, you can improve your game by watching videos of Grandmasters. But, you shall have to know in which level you are…

All you wanna do is.. Send me any random game of yours and I shall pinpoint any problems with that and suggest you some informative ideas. 

Just use the Contact Form or mail me at coolchessgm@gmail.com.

I’m here to help you out friends.. And I may post your instructive game in the blog!



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