Friday, 5 September 2014

How to get the Olympic chess medals?

Before we go to the main topic, let me remind you that now it’s the last chance to register for the webinar of GM Vadim Milov (former #22 in the world!). This is a unique opportunity to clarify your questions and to get hints from the world top-level player. Learn more: LINK
In the meanwhile you may test yourself in the following really cool position from Milov’s game.
Pavel Smirnov – Vadim MilovPicture 1Black’s turn
Is there any way for Black to survive? Of course you should not just guess a move but to calculate the following lines as well.
Once you came up with your decision, please, check the commented game here:LINK
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In the recent World Chess Olympiad (in Tromso, Norway) an Indian team got bronze medal – for the 1st time in the century! :) This is especially surprising taking into account their 19th place in the starting rank, and plenty of really strong rivals.
Picture 2Indian Team, Olympic Award Presentation
What are the secrets of success of the Indian team? Luckily, we have lots of students from India. Some of the best Indian coaches work in our Remote Chess Academy as well. Hence I know the situation pretty well, and will share my findings with you.
  • Secret #1Regular chess practice.
During the past few years the quantity of chess tournaments in India got increased. Therefore Indian players got regular practice of playing against strong opponents.
You should strive for the same if you want to get massive chess advancement. You can’t progress while playing against equal (or weaker) opponents.
Picture 3Celebration of bronze medals in India, 4th September at Russian Cultural Center,Chennai
  • Secret #2Communication with strong players
You may have noticed that the Indian Olympic team was mostly made of youngsters (they all are 22-25 years old). This facilitates communication between players. That’s how Sasikiran (the highest rated player in the Team) was able to give valuable hints to his less experienced teammates.
Imitation is the easiest way of learning. That’s how kids learn tons of skills within a few years. In the same way you can hasten your chess progress a lot if you have regular communication with players at least 200 rating points ahead of you.
  • Secret #3:Effective training methods.
It’s not enough to spend time learning chess, your training should be proper and effective.
Indian coaches have successfully implemented the teaching methods of the Russian chess school and… left the Russian team behind in the recent Olympiad! :)
So it’s not just a sudden lucky result in the Olympiad (as some people think); Indian chess players are getting stronger!
Picture 4Karthikeyan Murali (on the right) – World under-16 champion,  just got his final GM norm!
By the way, Mr. Manikandaswamy (2nd person from left side on the photo) is working in our Remote Chess Academy. You should thank this great coach for some of the wonderful lessons we’ve prepared for you!
Test your skills in a brilliant example from Karthikeyan’s game.
Karthikeyan – KrishnaPicture 5White’s turn
In this dynamic position White has a powerful way to overcome in this battle. Can you detect it?
Then you may check the commented game and check yourself: LINK
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