Chess Education

 I thought I would share with you some of the chess tips I know of so that you are well chess educated.
Books: as you may know by now, I have a section on chess books I recommend for chess studying on my website Just to note, if you click on the links on my website and make a purchase, I get a small commission at no cost for you. I’m legally obliged to make it very clear.
Anyway, if I haven’t mentioned it to you already and if you/your child is finding it hard to understand what is what in chess, Nigel Short’s ‘Chess Skills’ could be a way forwards. It’s a good overview book on chess in general. GM Matthew Sadler’s book which stands next to Short’s on my shop page, is similar to some extent. I like both of these books. When it comes to playing accurately we need puzzles to help us to practice our calculation skill. Mark Dvoretsky’s books are a treasure. For young juniors ‘Chess Camp’ books are nice and simple, just I would advise skipping the first 2-3 as these are really simple.
Puzzles to enjoy chess and make you curious about positions: I am a fan of Jeff Coakley. If you google on him and find his website go to Puzzling Side and then Archives. You’ll find lots of interesting topics. I recommend: Triple Loyds, Rotating Quadruplexes, Illegal Positions, Switcheroos, Helpmates.
Chess Movies:  1) Silent Movie ‘Chess Fever’ (you may find it on Youtube), 2) Pixar’ short movie ‘Geri’s game’, 3) Documentary ‘Magnus’, 4) Documentary ‘Album 61’ about GM Boris Gelfand. Can be found here I’m not a fan of exaggerated fiction chess movies, even though I watched ‘Queen of Katwe’ with my children.
Articles: Not all juniors enjoy this plain without sparkles chess training, therefore, I believe in feeding them with a ‘Wow’ factor now and again. I believe in some of the chess variants helping with our general chess training. I have written an article touching on some of the variants. If these can be played on a physical chess set, that’s brilliant! (affiliate link just in case) is going crazy with chess variants.
The chess people to follow when choosing what is important in chess: Garry Kasparov, Robert Fischer, Mark Dvoretsky, Alexander Nikitin, Matthew Sadler, Aaron Nimzowitch. My philosophy is ‘Why read second-hand authors if there’s so many first-hand experience’ ones I haven’t read yet?’