Oh, it's a lot of fun working with beginners. The main lesson from today's game (see replay link below) is LOSS OF POWER. Beginners have a tendency to give up material (pawns and pieces) without any compensation (material gain, positional advantage or a direct attack) which leads to power loss.
In the training game below White got a lot of "donations" from Black without any built-in dangers. And eventually Black got mated on f7.
So, remember this: hold on to your material UNLESS there is some compensation. Otherwise you're just losing power. Chess masters just need one extra pawn to beat you. Trust me. I know. Later I will show you examples of this where one extra pawn is decisive in the endgame.
Click here to replay the game. Leave comments if you have questions. Message me if you want to play online training games with coach NCM Vas for ONLY $15/hour.
New students often come in worried about opening variations or upcoming events but the very first lesson should always cover move recording! Yes, that's right. Can the student record his own moves accurately and legibly?
Why is move recording important? There are two huge reasons. To illustrate, let's consider the case of my new student, a solid 1600 online player. He's heading into a weekend tournament where move recording is mandatory! So the better and faster he does it, the more time he will save on his game clock. Luckily his event has an increment so he should be fine.
The other reasons is that his coach (NCM Vas) will need to see the games for analysis. After analysis the games will turn into a lesson. Analyzing your own games is absolutely critical for improvement. And my student's target rating is 1900 which is doable with some training and my help.
So practice recording your own moves and share your games on this blog.
This is where I joined this simul game between chess expert Robert North playing White and my new student Garrick Chu. Robert won all five simul games.
You replay the rest of the game here.
Garrick held nicely until 12. ..Bf6? Yes, it exchanges Bishops but it cripples the King side pawns and you see how immobile and useless they became. After 12. ...g5 White is only slightly better.
1. White had extra pawns; unless you have compensation for your sacrificed material, hold on to it
2. White had double bishops which is always an advantage when lines are open for them
3. Black's pawn structure was messed up and it showed in the endgame how weak and immobile doubled pawns are
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