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Bryan Castro
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Poker Pro and Chess Master Nate Solon
I had the great pleasure of interviewing FM Nate Solon. Admittedly, Nate discovered Better Chess Training first and through several conversations during previous articles, I decided that it was time to invite him for an interview. Mr. Solon generously accep...
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How to Prepare for a Big Chess Tournament
"The good fighters of old put themselves beyond the possibility of defeat, and then waited for an opportunity of defeating the enemy." ~Sun Tzu Your humble author (left) in a tournament game. Photographer: M. McDuffie We play chess fairly often. There are o...
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Principles of Effective Chess Training (Part 2)
My confidence comes from the daily grind - training my butt off day in and day out. -Hope Solo, Olympic and professional soccer player In Part 1 of this 2-part series, we discussed the first two of four principles of effective training. The four principles ...
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How to Change Your Limiting Beliefs and Improve Your Chess
Unlocking Your Chess Potential Photographer: Ej Agumbay. CC0 1.0 I recently had a birthday. One of my acquaintances and I were talking about getting older and chess and he casually said, "Well, probably time to give on your dreams of becoming a chess master...
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Developing Mental Toughness for Chess
Winning Twice I played a game recently in which I won a piece very in the game. Later in the game, I decided to give back the piece as I had what I thought was a winning endgame with two extra pawns (one of them a passed pawn). To my horror, in a moment of ...
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Reduce Your Chess Stress with Workflows
Obviously, the highest type of efficiency is that which can utilize existing material to the best advantage. - Jawaharlal Nehru Chess is a complex game. Getting better at chess can be complex as well (although I've made efforts at trying to simplify it for ...
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Integration: The Second Stage to Mastering Chess
Integrating Our Knowledge Last week, I discussed the three stages toward mastering an art such as chess. These three stages are: Imitation Integration Innovation We focused on the Imitation Stage last week. That stage involves studying the moves and games o...
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State of the Site and Upcoming Content
Typically, I try to publish and article once a week - usually on Friday's. However, this past week there was a health emergency with a family member - she's okay now - that took me out of town for a few days.   I wasn't able to complete the second part of m...
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Can Chessable Help You Learn Openings?
Chessable.com Review In this article, I will be reviewing the training tool Chessable at chessable.com . Chessable is a tool that helps you to remember your chess opening sequences using spaced repetition learning. Besides learning about Chessable, I will a...
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