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Dan Forbes
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Piece Functions
In earlier posts ( here , and here ) I described a new approach I am taking to teaching chess to my son using the concept of the Three Levels of Vision: Three Levels of Vision Bottom-up perception.  See the individual piece AND the squares it can move to as...

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"Connecting" with my son
My new job has kept me extremely busy and it has been several months since my last post, but I wanted to quickly update on my son's training.  A few months ago I posted how I decided to tuse a different approach to teaching my two sons than I used to train ...

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Next Blog Series
Now that I have nearly finished my 20+ blog series on calculation -- I am now putting the final touches on my post in the counterattacking series -- there are several other areas I would like to blog about over the next few months: - tactics -- detailed ana...

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Teaching Chess to My Children
When they turned 5, I taught my daughters how to play chess using Lev Alburt’s Comprehensive Chess Course (vol 1 and 2).  My older daughter was not very interested but my younger daughter continued playing and, now 11, is rated 1100 USCF, plays regularly in...

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Calculating Forcing Moves: Defensive Idea 5 - Counterattack to DEFEND (Idea 3, move)
In this post we’ll examine a position where there is a real threat on the board, and we will create an EGT in order to allow our piece to escape from the attack.  Thus we are counterattacking in order to allow the use of one of the basic defensive themes (I...

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Calculating Forcing Moves: Defensive Idea 1, Part 4 (Restrict the Attacker, Prepare to Capture)
In earlier posts we examined different ways of implementing defensive Idea 1 (do something to the attacker), including capturing, pinning, and deflecting your opponent’s attacking pieces.  Here we’ll look at another very cool way of doing something to the a...

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Calculating Forcing Moves: Defensive Idea 5 - Counterattack to DEFEND (Idea 1, capture)
In the last few posts on counterattacking we created Equal or Greater Threats (EGT) that allowed us to force a WIN, and to force DRAWs (by stalemate, repetition, and material). The next few posts will look at “counterattacking to DEFEND”, which is using EGT...

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Calculating Forcing Moves: Defensive Idea 3, Part 2 (Prepare to Move)
When your opponent creates a  (real)  threat, or you are considering creating one against your opponent, there are  five defensive ideas to consider .  We have already looked at different ways to implement the first two defensive ideas:  Idea 1 ( capture th...

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Calculating Forcing Moves: Defensive Idea 2, Part 2 (Prepare to Block)
When your opponent creates a  (real)  threat, or you are considering creating one against your opponent, there are  five defensive ideas to consider .  We have already looked at three different ways to implement the first defensive idea of going after the a...

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Calculating Forcing Moves: Defensive Idea 5 - Counterattack to DRAW (repetition)
In this series of posts we are looking at “counterattacking to DRAW”, which is using Equal or Greater Threats to force three types of drawn positions: Draw by stalemate; Material draw (equal material, fortresses, etc); and, Draw by repetition. In the last t...
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