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What About the Endgame?

As you know, not every game is decided by a tactical shot in the middlegame, or an opening trap! I believe there is great value in players of all levels learning to play fundamental, level appropriate endgames. It helps with confidence during the games, it helps students understand what they’re aiming for, and it helps them better understand the properties of each individual piece. I want to talk about some of the tools that are available for children to improve their endgame skill. If you have a child rated 0-1500 who likes to study independently, I strongly recommend the programs Chess Tutor Step 1, Chess Tutor Step 2, and Chess Tutor Step 3. If you google chess tutor EU (European...

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Electronic Resources for Solving

Solving exercises from books is one of the best ways to train the skill of finding the best move. But for many children, consistent book work may not be as realistic as solving problems on the computer. Fair enough! This is why Alex and I have meticulously entered Steps problems into chessbase, to be able to assign them on our online platform as HW. New Steps classes start this coming week - all the information is here: There are other electronic resources I wanted to draw to your attention as well. Chessity is a website I have used with my own students for many years. I think I was the first mass adopter among American coaches. I remember my contact...

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