In this post I’ll try to make a bit of sense out of the blog for those of you who are new to the site, and I have a short teaser at the bottom fo the post.
When I started this blog, my idea was to create a site for midrange players who want to improve. So, for instance, players who have learned the basics and are looking to climb the rating ladder a bit online. I also just enjoy thinking about the game, so the blog is also intended to simply share interesting ideas, tactics, games, strategy, and so forth as I come across them.
Types of Videos on This Site
Each time I make a post, I try to accompany it with a video or at least some kind of puzzle. Reading about chess is fun, but it’s better when you can also watch some ideas in action or try to practice an idea. And I think this helps us improve more. So, basically, I have made four types of videos so far:
Because I’m an intermediate player myself, I thought it was interesting to focus on some of the questions that I have, since, I imagine, a lot of other people have similar questions. And, although I really enjoy all of the chess channels out there on YouTube, I noticed that, a lot of times, even despite great analysis, I will wonder why they made a move or didn’t consider another move. And that is the reason why I have some videos that address questions such as why you can’t take the pawn in the Exchange Ruy and what to play against the Danish Gambit as Black. Also, most of us know our basic opening principles (e.g., control the center, develop your pieces, get your King safe, and so forth), but what happens when your opponent breaks one or more of those principles? How can we take advantage of those mistakes? I have lost a ton of games by not finding the correct way to punish my opponent (or by pushing too hard to punish play that is not really punishable). So that’s why I have started some series such as how to play against early Queen activity. I plan to add to these series and to continue to make videos that explore similar types of questions. And, well, there really are unlimited topics to address, which is what makes chess so great!
When I come across useful resources, I’ll share them with you. This is helpful for all of us to improve. For instance, I have a series of videos on installing free chess software, and a couple videos on getting free databases of master games, and even something as simple as how to flip the board on chess.com.
Fun Themes and Tidbits:
These videos are all the random stuff that is just, well, interesting. When I make a fun move in one of my games, see a killer move in someone else’s game, read an interesting piece of chess news, learn a new checkmating motif, think of an engaging topic to raise for discussion, or anything else that seems worth sharing, I’ll usually make a video. Of course, I could be making 10 videos a day if I really made one every time I came across something, but life has its pracical limitations of course. Still, I like to keep these coming. A couple of examples are my videos on the epaulette mate (with a couple rare games not covered elsewhere, at least that I’m aware of) and a creative way to look at double attacks.
Live Game Videos:
In addition to those videos, I have occassionally made some live blitz videos. It is fun to make these videos, and I hope you enjoy watching them. Of course, I can’t offer the insight that masters can, and that is one reason that I tend to make fewer of these videos. I will still do it because it’s fun and we can learn a lot from analyzing them, but I imagine that watching me blunder through some situations can be a bit lame. So although I will maintain a balance of videos moving forward, I’ll probably focus more on the exploration-type videos mentioned above. Having said that, I do have some live blitz videos coming up.
New Learning Tool
I have a couple of things planned for the site. The first is that I will be adding an interactive learning tool in the next few weeks. It’s not a tactics program, as there are plenty of those online. Basically I was looking for something where I could create my own puzzles as I explored and learned on my own, and then I can share those puzzles with you as well. This tool is still under development, and, of course, I have to create the content to go along with it. I do hope to have it active by the end of the month though.
I precorded several live blitz games over the last couple of weeks but was not able to analyze them until recently, so I’ll be posting several of them over the next few days, or even now, if I still have the energy after this post! After those I will get back to the other types of videos mentioned above. As always, hope everyone is enjoying the site and YouTube channel, and see you around!