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How to Boost Your Chess Rating By 100 ELO Points

teacher avatar Greg Vanderford, Knowledge is Power!

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8 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. Improve Your Chess Promo

    • 2. Lesson 1 Chess Master System

    • 3. Lesson 2 Don't Play Blitz

    • 4. Lesson 3 How to Find a Chess Teacher

    • 5. Lesson 4 Why You Must Learn Lots of Openings

    • 6. Lesson 5 Super Important Rules of Thumb

    • 7. Lesson 6 Important Endgame Technique

    • 8. Lesson 7 More Rules of Thumb for Strong Play

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It is very difficult to get good at chess without the help of an expert teacher.

In this course, I have condensed many years of training and coaching into easy to understand, bite-sized videos packed with rules of thumb and chess secrets that, if used:

are guaranteed to boost your ELO rating by at least 100 points! 

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Greg Vanderford

Knowledge is Power!


My courses are designed based on my many years as a teacher and student of education and business. I hold a master's degree in curriculum and instruction and have been designing curricula for over a decade.

The business, language, and chess courses that I have built are a reflection of this experience and dedication to education. My goal is to reach as many people as possible with my courses, which is why I have chosen the internet as my ideal mode of delivery.

The following is a little more about my expertise and background. I was born and raised in Sandpoint, Idaho. I attended the University of Idaho where I earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2004. After a few years in the work force as an account manager I moved to Vietnam where I lived for over 5 ... See full profile

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1. Improve Your Chess Promo: Hi, my name's bring better forward. I have been teaching chess for many years now. I have taught dozens of courses and hundreds of students, and there are certain weaknesses and problems that are pretty common across all of my chest tubes. And so this course, I wanted to give you guys some short cuts and go straight to the heart of aspects of your chest game that, if you could improve them quickly, will increase your alot rating. Score by over 100 points. And that's a lot because usually it takes over a year to improve your chest. Drink by 100. You owe points if your training really hard every day. But so Maney chess players, especially beginning players, have really common airs in thinking problems that they have with tactics and how they calculate. I need you guys a lot of short cuts to help you tack, uh, tactically calculate more accurately and more quickly, which of course, helps a lot and blitz, which is any game from about five minutes up to 15 minutes, where it's called rapid but blitz and rapid gains, which most of us play now because we're limited on time. It really comes down to be able to calculate quickly and accurately. So what did you guys? A bunch of shortcuts for that and then also ways to follow, uh, opening middle game in and game strategies that don't require you toe Have Teoh think very deeply in every single game. Basically, give you models that you can use based on every type of opening structure. So you automatically know how to approach that game, no matter who you're playing against, no matter what opening you are, whether you're playing with white or black about tons of general strategies, basically that if you implement them after you take this course, your iterating should go up by at least 100 points. And this is all of my many years of chest training experience, condensed and simplified into one course. Try to give you guys just a jolt and an immediate boost, because I know it could take a really long time to get good at chess. And if you want to just improve your game right away so you can start beating of friends or maybe get better results in tournaments, this course is for you. So I hope you guys enjoy it and get a lot out of it, and I'll see you inside 2. Lesson 1 Chess Master System: so this first lesson worth jump right into it. I'm gonna give you guys lots of general rules of thumb that should really cut down on the amount of time it takes you guys to approve. At chest is basically fill your heads with things that you should know. If you follow, you will improve your chest much more quickly than most people. In fact, most people just play a lot of games seeking that. They're gonna get better just by playing. That is not the case. You have to do specific things and train in certain ways in order to improve your chest continuously over time and especially in order to improve it right away. So the very first thing into the play long games for at least an hour and write down your moves. You can't just play lots of blitz. I expect that you're going to increase your rating or win more games. We get better. It just doesn't work that way. You have to be able to play slow games where you think deeply and you can write your moves down. So after the game is over, you can go through the game, move by move and analyze your mistakes. You have to do this and the only way to get better. All chest training programs from the beginning, level up to super grand master level. Go through this process of looking at where you made a mistake in the game and then analyzing what you're thinking. Process waas. When you made the mistake, why did you make that move? And what is a better move and happen? You in the future not have that same error in thinking, and you'll find a lot of patterns that you have a lot of problems you have with thinking. Chess is a game of pattern recognition, which is why grandmasters can make you know, master level or grand master level moves instantaneously without having to think really at all, because they've played so many thousands of games that their brains are, you know, like pattern recognition machines. And so when you play long games and recognize common mistakes that you make, you're gonna realize, OK, I did this a lot. Here's what I need to do instead and for example, one of things that I used to do like to be way too aggressive, and I would attack too much, and I would realize that I would, you know, be a little bit impatient, and I wouldn't be too careful when I was attacking the King, and I just realized that I was losing most of the games because of this, I need to be more conservative. I needed to calculate Mawr. I needed to wait, build up my attack longer, and then I just need to be more careful when I was going through exchanges and just basically, be more conservative. And just that one things that that one attitude shift made my evil reading go up a lot because I started Teoh. Win a lot more games and draw a lot more games than I might have otherwise lost because of that. So it kind of shifted my style of play. Uh, maybe a lot better. And that was only because I was analysed by games. I was looking at the juncture in the game, the key moment where it went wrong. It was almost always the same sort of thing, so I think it'll be the same for you. Almost all of my students improve immediately once they start to do this, and of course, Now we have chest engines. We have computer programs that will show you your tactical mistakes immediately. So always go over your games and look to see where the computer says. Oh, that was a big mistake. And sometimes it won't be obvious. Like you're looking at. The computer will show that that was a big mistake you made. You have to sit there and spend some time looking at that move. Look at the moves that the computer shows you as alternatives, and a lot of times you'll see the computer move. And you think, Wow, I was not considering that move at all. And so it takes, um, times there and, you know, slowly. Consider why you didn't see that move that computer showing you as a candidate move and to go through the thought process of how you might be able to see that move in the future, how you look at candidate moves and how you look at the board. It will help you a lot to do this just by looking. Where the computer shows you, we'll start to play a little bit more like a computer, and again, your pattern recognition will get better you realize that there's certain things you do, habits that we have in research and other forms of psychology because we call these cognitive biases, this is very relevant to chess. We have cognitive biases, certain ways that we think as individuals that influence our game. I've got a different personality than you, and my personality is going to show up in my chest game. But computers, of course, don't have cognitive biases, their cold, hard, calculating machines and show. So been looking what the computer shows you. It will help you to reduce your cognitive biases. I mean, really, it's better to analyze one game deeply, especially when you lose, then playing 10 games or even 100 games with no analysis. You will not improve a chest unless you do this. And if you don't have to go through this process, I mean, that's fine. A lot of us don't have enough time. A lot of us don't wanna have toe have to. Actually, you don't do this much work, but basically, if you want to improve it chest, you simply have to do this. You can't play blitz games, have to play long games. Men, of course, of your online. You don't to write down your rooms, you will automatically recorded moves and then you just download the Fijian file and I encourage you guys to set the game back up on an actual real life board. You don't need to do that, but it could be helpful and slowly go through each other games. This is time consuming, but you will improve very quickly if you hadn't been doing this before. Okay, so it's one of the first things you got to start doing. If you want to be serious about getting better at chess, Okay, so play long games, recording moves, that's what you have to do. The next is you got to solve lots of tactical puzzles. I mean, just like in school. We have homework and chassis up to have homework, and the tactical puzzles need to be the right level for you. So basically they should be challenging but solvable, and you gotta push yourself. So as you get better at solving these puzzles, you should make them more and more difficult. I mean, this is really simple. You can either just go online and do it, or despite tactics, books and solve the puzzles by yourself, but you can't, you know, give up. You can't solve the puzzle. You've got to really push your brain hard to visualize the move. This is how grandmasters can look 20 or 30 moves ahead sometimes is that they have been trained to be able to visualize all of the moves and where all the pieces are going to be on the board after five or 10. News is very difficult because we lose track of where that pieces and once that peace moves that changes everything on the board of Chest is really complex for this reason. But just like, you know, lifting weights, we exercise this muscle in our brain. And so, in addition to analyzing our games and looking at the mistakes we make, so we could not do that, we need to train by doing tactical puzzles, lots and lots of tactical puzzles. And the more you do this, the faster you will get it. Recognizing tactics and especially in blitzed, their game play will get much stronger. It pushes your brain to visualize future position and make sure calculating ability is much more clear and accurate. So you make fewer mistakes. A lot of beginners lose simply because they blunder off a piece. They make a mistake, but by training you will see the mistakes more clearly, and you'll make few of them. Eventually, you will not make blunders anymore. It's very rare that a strong chess player with us, like lose a piece from blundering it off because you trained so much that your brain automatically sees those errors. And so you simply have to do this. So start with simple ones and increase the difficulty level over time until you are solving very difficult tactical puzzles. And, of course, the next thing you have to do, his learn openings and the ideas behind them deeply. Don't just memorize the moves. You need to understand why those are the best book moves, and Gary Kasparov actually says, he says, When you wanted a better chess to de emphasize learning the openings. And it's really hard to disagree with the great Gary Kasparov, perhaps the greatest chess player who ever lived. But I think, sometimes was great chess players. They may have for gotten a little bit what it was like to be a beginner, and especially if you're new to chest training and you play a lot of online blitz games really important to know the openings because it can save you a lot of time and getting your situation on the board set up without having to think about every move. You know, if you know the Spanish, the French, the Sicilian and you know all of the most common opening patterns really well, you don't have to spend much time to make really strong will be called book moves, right, the classic moves of the opening. You know, you're making the best possible of your making a grand master level move, and then you get yourself into a middle game where your position is really good. And if your opponent doesn't know the opening as well as you, it's really easy for them to make a mistake. And so I want a lot of games simply because I know the opening better than my opponent does . They have a week, your situation, and then I can exploit their weakness and win the game just because of my opening knowledge . So learn the openings. It's really for fun. It's really interesting to know the openings and you know you can choose openings that suit your personality when they're all different. If you want to play aggressively, you do certain opening. Do you want to play passively, conservatively and Maura of a closed strategic type of a position than you will choose your openings based on that? So openings are really important for the beginners out there. It gives you confidence in any situation. I mean, one of the things I do when I'm playing to get someone in a tournament that I know is slightly lower rated than I am is I will try to steer the game into a more obscure opening that I think they're probably gonna be less comfortable in and not really sure exactly what to do. And it gives me a big advantage. Psychologically, there are confident they don't know quite what moves are. You know, I play less common openings, get weaker players, and then it gets stronger players is the exact opposite. I'm playing against someone who has a higher rating than me. I'm gonna want to stay in familiar waters and use all of the knowledge that I have to try to get a situation where you make a draw with that opponent, or maybe even get a win due to my book Knowledge of the openings. This helps you play blitz, especially because you can react quickly and save a lot of time on the clock. Eventually, your opponent may get into time trouble simply because you have a lot of opening knowledge . They didn't have spent too much time thinking about each move. You didn't really need to. Most of time. I blitz out my 1st 5 or 10 moves in the openings because I have the openings down so well and so implicit. That's huge, and it automatically teaches you the middle and the end game principles because the openings are designed for different reasons. I mean, when you play the Spanish, it goes into certain types of positions that lead you into a certain type of middle game. Usually you'll be fighting for the center. If you play the Sicilian, usually you guys will be attacking on opposite sides of the board and going for the kill. And so there's different styles of game play that each opening tends to lead into. If you start with white and play D four, usually gonna have ah much more closed type of position that would be more strategic in nature. When you play all the E four openings, it tends to more tactical open. You play the open Sicilian, there's gonna be tons of tactics and stuff. So you know you can choose openings, that figure personality. But the openings will automatically teach you different aspects of the game. What type of middle game and end game you're likely to get when I play the Sicilian dragon for black and all the board, all the pieces on the board you traded off. I'm very familiar with the endgame on the board That tends to happen, and so I almost always will win when I get in that situation. So I know because absolute confidence, without opening that contribute pieces off and go into a endgame with an advantage. Despite the fact that I have the black pieces, I'll win most of those engines so he opens a really important and they will lead into positions that you're familiar with and you'll win more games because of them. So, of course, you want to study the middle game and the endgame separately as well. There are specific situations in the end game, depending on what pieces are left on the board and that you really must know there's a casino position of the fill it or position. There's a knowing something called the opposition of your King's. There's the rule of squares. I don't want to get too much into the end game in this course because you know that's not what it's about. It's more general. I just want to give you guys a big boost so you can improve your chest quickly. For those things I just mentioned are things that you guys want to look up and learn that we've seen a position that fill it or position the rule of squares learning the opposition . Just look those things up and study them on your own. You need to study the middle game in the endgame separately, but for blitz actually learn the openings first, and that will give you huge leg up, help you improve very rapidly. And so the next one I'm gonna talk more about, even though some of things I'm telling you will help you in blitz. Why blitz is a bad habit if their goal is to improve at chess in general. 3. Lesson 2 Don't Play Blitz: So, as I said at the end of last lesson, you really are not going to improve. All you do is play blitz. I mean, you simply have to find the time until you are a very strong chess player. Already. Blitz chess. While fun does not help you to improve, you must play long games in order to be able to think deeply in order to be able to analyze your moves and were able to like, write them down and not waste too much time while you write the moves down and things like that, you basically need to not be in a rush. Univ. Available to have enough time to slowly analyze your games and think deeply bubble the tactics that are going on the board and the strategy. This is stills, the necessary chest habits that will allow you to plead to be a strong blitz player later on. So now that I've been playing chess for so long, I play blitz. I know what I'm trying to accomplish at the opening. I know what endgames and Levy to get. I know what situations in the middle game I'm likely to get what type of trade that should and should not make based on the Knights and bishops and specific opening that was played. So I know all that second play blitz, but I didn't know that I play blitz. It's really a waste of time, unless you really, really have a lot of fun playing blitz. I mean and you don't want to improve and you don't mind losing games. Course has never was one to play. You're not very good and you don't know much about the game and you're not improving. I'm Of course you're gonna enjoy chess more when you're always improving. I'm still improving, you know, even the top grandmasters like Magnus Carlsen on DA You know, the other world champions, they all slowly still are improving the level of justice constantly going up, and otherwise they would be bored. You know, they weren't doing that. So studying the openings deeply will help in both the shore and long chess games where you gotta play long chess games, not just blitz chess games. Okay, let's get you into the habit of not thinking deeply about your moves. I used to have anything quickly, and so if you haven't been trained already gets. You have this bad habit that leads to a lot of mistakes. You make a lot of blenders make a lot of week moves, and so it's just not good for you. So I would say, Basically, don't play blitz at all until you have spent enough time to study chess and get your your riel iterating like off of the Internet. If you can play in tournaments, you get a really you'll a rating of 16 or 1700. Um, if you simply can't bring yourself to join tournament, we live in places that there are great many, then go ahead and play online is usually in the low inflation online, depending on which website you're playing on. If you're playing on chest dot com, which is the most popular one, I would say Don't play blitz at all until your long in your your regular standard time control, which is gonna be like 20 or 30 minutes 30 minutes when it stops being hold rapid. But you want to play at least 30 minutes games at least, um, up until your ELO rating is, I would say 16 or 1700 at least 16 or 1700 then you can play blitz. It hurts. You bolt tactically and strategically to play too many close games and playing long games's . It's actually more fun. It allows you to enjoy chess more because the more you can, the more deeply you can go into the game, the more you're going to enjoy understanding. A lot of the nuance and a lot of the subtlety of a position is really, really quite enjoyable. Have interesting game with a strong opponent that is really close, the outcomes unclear, and you really don't want to make a mistake. But you have the time to sit there and maybe spend 10 or 15 minutes on a single Lou, knowing that the outcome of the game is likely to come from that. Your analysis of that movie that from the tactics or looking a strategically what is the best approach? Should you be attacking the center? Should you attack the king? You need to play defense right now. It's really enjoyable. When you clean blitz, you're having to move quickly and they're just something you know that you lose and not being able. Teoh, take your time and think deeply about the game So, basically, if you want to get good, you simply you have to prioritize chess. You have to play long games. You gotta find a way to set that time aside to play long games just like anything else in life. There's no shortcuts, you know you have to do the work and all of us are busy. But, you know, maybe you have to wake up earlier. Or maybe you could find some time in the evening to sit down and play one hour long chest game, if not everyday, maybe every couple days, and then in the time in between, analyze the game. If you have someone to do it with, analyze it with another person. If not, you know, analyze yourself and use the computer and then look at the obvious points in the game where you made a mistake and lost. Of course, it's always best that you can hire a chess teacher that used to be cost prohibitive because it could be quite expensive, especially if you teachers like a master player. But now, with the Internet, you can find, Ah, lessons are not all that expensive. Maybe you can take some chess lessons in addition to taking courses like these and really improve your chest game without having to take too much time. Okay, so, I mean, if you can't find the time to play our long game, at least put you play as long as you can. Great. 30 minutes, and it's still better than playing playing 10. So play. Ah, longest time controlled as you can. The game just needs to be long enough so that you can write down your moves, you know, or download the PGN from the website you're playing on if you're not playing a live game. But the game is to sure you don't have time to write down your moves, and you waste a lot of time. You will play very well, but really trying to play any blitz at all until you increase your skill level wherever it is right now, by at least 100 deal points, that's my recommendation to you. You may not all do it, but I think it will serve you very well. And then even then only played blitz Occasionally. I tried to play blitz, kind of like as a reward at the end of a session that were in play like one really serious game. And then I'll play a couple blitz game just for fun at the end of it. And it won't take them too seriously. You know, if I lose a blitz games something big of a deal, don't worry about it too much. Let's. Of course, I make a really bad blunder that shouldn't make my little bit bad about that. But I play a serious long chest game that takes a lot of thought, a lot of mental energy and then kind of like as a reward for that, a little blips just for fun. Even Amanda high level playing blitz can weaken your chests because it just gives you into the habit of thinking quickly instead of deeply and not making the best news. So that's my recommendation to you. I know that it works for all of my students, Um, toe not play blitz until they're already a strong chess player. So try that out. Might be difficult, I know, but it is fun and we don't have a lot of time to study chest. But if you want good, that's one of the things that you are going to have to do on next time we talk about finding a good chess teacher for yourself, 4. Lesson 3 How to Find a Chess Teacher: So I mentioned last lesson that the Internet makes, ah, this one easier than ever before me. It used to cost maybe $50 or more for professional chess teacher in the United States and other Western countries. Now you can pay as little as $5 an hour for professional or even just a strong amateur to teach you on the Internet. You know, if you're not very good, get it chest. You don't need a master player to teach you. You don't need a professional player to teach you someone who's wanted you 100 rating points above. You can teach you all you need to know to get to the next level. And there's a lot to learn in the game of chess. And so you know, someone who is basically further along the line than you can help you to improve. So don't feel like you need to have a grandmaster to teach you. I actually live in Vietnam, which is one of the ways that I got good at chess. I hired a lot of matches, and Grandmaster to Teach me, used to actually have a chess club that I ran myself. But one of the things that I saw is that a lot of the players that were beginners or relatively weak, they did not need grandmaster to teach that they just needed someone who was even maybe 100 kilo points better than them. Show them a lot of the mistakes they were making and say You need to do this for this Definitely show them the opens a little bit and they would improve. They would get better quickly and sometimes it actually helps to have someone who's closer to you in skill level because they explain things in a way that you understand better. I mean, Grandmaster skill level Gap is so huge they might not even understand why you're struggling with certain things that to them are so basic. But you lost when we're just starting out are quite complicated and confusing. So that's just something I think you guys should know. You don't need to have like a master teacher, to get better at chess and even a couple hours per week and be enough to boost your chest guilt by one or 200 evil points. I mean, when you're starting out, you don't know all that much. Then just getting a few tips and getting a couple of lessons. Um, can really help you a lot. I mean, there are certain patterns and chest that, um, come up over and over again. And if you never learn them before then it could make a big difference between you winning and losing game. I know that before I actually had lessons from coaches, I think I tried to study chest on my own. I'm from books and they can be really confusing. Just try to follow the books and follow the moves and learn that way. You need to have another person to tell you if what you're thinking is right or wrong, or even if you're reading something out of a book and then you look at like your game that you're playing, you're not really sure if it applies or not, because all the games different living chest is really complicated. Every single position. While there are some similarities, depending on the opening to play, there will also always be differences. They got old saying that goes something like You never step into the same river twice, even if you're stepping into the exact same spot, the River is moving. It's never exactly the same or another one. Another analogy might be, You know, history doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes, you know, at every game and chest is slightly different. And so I'm not gonna help a lot. And you just simply have to have some guidance for a real person you can't learn all by yourself. I mean, take a really, really long time. So if you don't have much of a budget for this, I would say Just pay for at least a couple lessons from somebody online. Maybe compile some questions that you have some things that you're confused about and that could give you a really big boost and get you started. So luckily, we live in the age of the Internet now, or you could do this without too much trouble. It can still be worth it to occasionally pay top dollar for even one hour of a chest Teachers time in order to identify your weaknesses. I mean, baby, in your hometown, you know that there's a master chess player there, and you know, if you don't want to pay you $50 an hour for regular lessons, maybe you might want to do it just for one lesson or two lessons. Invest that money and just pick the brain. Play one game, you know, ask him a whole bunch of questions, and that could help a lot and getting you up to a level where you can kind of go from there and continue to improve, because a big part of improving and chest is seeing errors in your thinking rather than being able to calculate 10 moves ahead. This is a common misperception people think, you know, if you're good chess player, you can calculate a lot. You can see lots of moves ahead, but you know tactics and seeing ahead is only one small, even though very important, part of chest. It's still a pretty small part of chest, a big part of chess in terms of your play. Being weak or strong is just how you are thinking about the position and the candidate moves that you're considering and why you're considering those moves. I mean, you might ask your master player to look at the board until okay, I'm thinking about this move because of this, this other move because maybe this or maybe this other movie, they may say all those three candidate moves are not going to do if you should be thinking along lines that are totally different, because this position calls for attacking the center. This position calls for being defensive for this position calls for focusing on a particular square because of these different reasons. And so even just having one session with a really good teacher might make your reigning go go way up because it helps improve how your thinking. I mean a good example of this. You were thinking about trading a piece in order to stack your opponents ponds. A lot of beginners think that it's a good idea to stack your opponents ponds, and so they trade off their bishop for your opponents night, and it stacks their ponds. But the thing is, that's not always creating a weakness. It really depends on the situation you're giving up. The the Bishop pair, which is a well known advantage and keep all the vicious on the board, is usually, um, good, because you can control both colored squares and so you don't want to just be throwing away when you're vicious willy nilly for a night just to stack your opponents ponds, stacking your opponents ponds may or may not be actually creating a weekend. It depends on the position. That's one of those things where beginners make assumptions about stuff like that on. They think they're doing something clever or good for their position, but in fact it might be weakening their position. And you need to teach her some time to show you that kind of thing. Okay, chess engines will help you identify tactics, but they're not gonna help you identify long term strategy. I mean, the engines will show you where you made your wrist aches, and they will be very, very accurate in showing you combinations and tactics. But they're still not gonna help you with strategy. One good thing about just dot com is that it has a lot of great tools for winning strategy and even teaches, You know, teachers, teachers. Excuse me. That you can hire on the site could teach you, Even without that, they have something called Chest Mentor, which is basically it shows you positions, and it has you tryto figure out what is the best way to move forward in that position, and it sort of corrects you when you make a mistake, but it looks at it from a strategic point of view rather than tactical. One of you saying How should you approach this game? And that's one of things that's gonna take you from being a mediocre chess player to a really strong chess players, understanding the board and understanding this strategy is not just tactics. Most beginners misunderstand this. When people hired me to teach them chest, they always like, What's the best move here? What's the best move here? It's not always about the best move is about how should you be thinking about the position . Where should you be playing on the board? Where should you be focusing your attention, usually in chess of the general, that we focus on the center. But if the Senate close, you have to play on the wings. And sometimes people think, Well, I don't want to move the pieces in front of my king's. It makes King Week, but there are exceptions, every general rule and chess, and so a teacher can really help you understand those exceptions and playing over the board chest as opposed to only playing on the Internet is often better for your development. It's good to look at the real pieces in three D and always be staring at the screen and always looking two D and kind of give you a headache, too. If you play chess online too much, especially for playing long games so they usually say, especially when you're solving tactics puzzles. You set up the pieces on the board, really ward at your table and sit there and look at it that way. Just that kind of better for your brain. And you can do it long without getting a headache. So it's better for your eyes on. That, of course, is also more social in nature. If you meet up with a real person in real life late chest, you know, you know, just be more fun because of that. I know that I get tired of playing chess only online, and I have a lot of fun when I go Teoh Cafe or somewhere or a friend's house and actually play real over the board chest games. I mean, this maybe not make you better at chess necessarily, but we can make it a lot more enjoyable, so definitely find a chest teacher. Um, in the next lesson, I'm gonna talk about learning openings for each color. How? Maney. You should learn how deeply you should go with them. 5. Lesson 4 Why You Must Learn Lots of Openings: So it's a general rule. You want to be really well versed in at least three or four openings for each color, whether you're black or white. And the reason for this being that you don't know what your opponents gonna do, so you need to be able to react in a very strong, confident manner, no matter what they do. And if you let too many openings, it's not gonna help you much, you know, because you need to be able to focus deeply, learning a few of them, and you're going to see some of them over and over. You're gonna see the Spanish, the Sicilian, you know, and the king's Indian defense, the French defence. You're going to see some opening over and over and over and over again. So you want to be really, really good. Those openings and then a few of the other slightly more obscure opening. You need to know the first few moves and what type of positions those lead Teoh that will help make you a stronger player. Chase chess is really a game repetition. I talked about how it's a game of pattern recognition and you're gonna play, you know, some openings hundreds of times. You're going to see literally the exact same situation hundreds of times. But there might be a slight variation. Your appointment. One move differently, and that will change the whole game. But when it comes to the openings, it's really is a lot of repetitions. So by learning the book moves of the most common openings, you can start the game as strong as the best grandmasters. Because these book moves have been analysed for centuries in some cases and by the computers, we know that the best moves possible mean they give the highest probability of winning the game. And so I recommend studying three year four openings for each color, a deeply as you can and a practicing playing those over and over and over again. And, of course, E four and D four are by far the most common opening moves for white. And so you need to know, Um, first of all, you would you rather play E four or before you start, I'm on e four. Players like to play for, which will tend to go against, um, three or four most calming reactions that I'll see from black if they play d four and then we're going to go into the Spanish or the Italian. Usually if they play e six, that means they're gonna play the French. So I know how to react to the French and the way that I like to react to the French. If they opt to play a C five, that's a Sicilian. So I know I'm gonna playing his silly in. So for why? I just always play e four. I mean, almost always in 90% of time. So I know all the openings against black. No matter what black choose zoo blacks different for black. You know, you don't get to select what your point is gonna do. Their first move could be for it to be D for removing the night out. Uh, Teoh F three. As you need to know, how do you want to react to each of those different Opens? So for me personally, when someone plays d four, I was going to the king's Indian defense cause I'm really comfortable feeling kind of a bishop playing that type of opening. It's also flexible. I'm comfortable with it. So you need to find openings. You're comfortable with and get really good sticking to those openings until you really, really, really well versed in them. And then later on, when you much, much better at chess than you can expand your repertoire, learn more openings and go from there. So I hope that makes sense. But it will really help you to pick your favorite openings and play them all the time until you're really good chess player. A lot of openings transposed into a book opening, even though the mortar might be slightly different. So this used to confuse me like I'm playing. The book moves, but then my opponent. It's something slightly different. What should I do now? But a lot of times I disabused a slight difference in the move order, but it will still go into another open. This happens a lot with the French defence and a Sicilian where, you know, they were just transposed into the same exact opening. So stick to your game plan. Don't let it confuse you if your opponent varies. The move order slightly. You still need to be focusing on the same things that you would have in the main book opening and learning Basic chest principles. Well, it makes you adaptable when your opponent plays strange moves in the opening, like you're expecting them to play a certain thing in the Sicilian and they don't play that move. But when you know the basic principles of why the opening is what it is and why you play it , that you could say OK, that movie tested weaken their position. Now that helps me or OK, that changes the position a little bit, actually, be focusing on this instead, so you need to learn the openings needle in the basic chest principles. I need to know what is being focused on the board in each opening. Now. This course is not about specific opening that give you guys a lot of general rules of thumb that I hope that you can use to boost your level. I've got a whole bunch of courses on opening because openings are kind of like my thing. And so there's lots of other courses you can look up and find on here about very specific openings. I have a couple dozen openings courses, so if you guys were just in the French, I've got a course in the French about of course, in the Sicilian, of course on the Spanish. About, of course, in a lot of gambits, because I like Gamma six cleaning gamut, the Evans gambit. And those will teach you guys how to play really fun attacking games where you can just crush your opponent's king. Really fun. But those openings also did. You have to defend against a lot of the gametes to so when you know how to attack really well and your opponent places opening against you. If you're black, then you can also play the most defensive moves and defend, too. So it always helps you to learn the basic chest principles. And but normally we follow the general principle of trying to control the center of the board. A lot of people don't even know whether trying to accomplish with play chess game, you know they're looking for tactics or something. The thing is, we want to try to control the center of the board and gain outposts and dominate space. And if we do that successfully that we can kind of get into a position where we can either launch on attack against our opponents king or get enough advantages so that tactic will open up opportunities to win material or basically squeeze or opponent like a bull constrictor. This is what Anatoly Car Pod used to do, who was the world champion after a Bobby Fischer vacated the title and who played some really, really famous games against Garry Kasparov? One of their very, very, very long matches ended up with Kasparov winning just because they played so many games that came to draws that it lasted too long and Kasparov maintained the world title just because you know it was by default, it wasn't taken away from him. But carpet was amazing at playing positional chest, and he would just choke his opponents to death on the board by giving him no space to play . And this could be, You know your style if you like close position, positional type of chest, where there's fewer tactics available and it's warm up controlling squares and squeezing your opponent. But generally speaking, you want to try to control the center of the board, And, um, that's just one of those rules of thumb that you just you know you have to know. So the best opening in general toe learn first are the four nights hoping the Italian, the Spanish, which is also called the Rude Lopez. Those were all white openings and the black hole in the King's Indian defense to play against the four French defense gives D five. The Slav is also against D for the semi slot is a slight variation of the slob that has some advantages and you might like to play instead of the slob and then the Sicilian defense. The Sicilian defense has become like a super popular opening because it's fun to play its aggressive. It reacts to, um, lights opening up playing first movie four playing C five. Because usually what happens is you guys will be each attacking each other's kings. And so it's just really fun to play those tactics. There has now been decades and decades of analysis of all the different positions, So this is silly. Defense is really popular. When I play in tournaments now, sometimes I'll play in a tournament where every single game I played was in a Sicilian where that was white or black, cause I play E four and my opponent if they choose to play C five and you can go to the Sicilian every time that I've been playing Sicilian him every single time. And if my opponent plays the four when I'm black, I like to play this Sicilian two. I'm really comfortable in it. No matter what. My opponent doesn't play so many different variations of the Sicilian. That was really fun to play. So I would say that the Sicilian might be the most important opening for you guys to learn now, just because so popular you see it so much. The French defence is really, really solid for beginning players, their first winning openings. I always encourage them for black that we're gonna play the front defense. And oftentimes, White doesn't really know how to play very well against French defense, because the most common openings for Black now are either play e e five, which is basically disappointing upon the center after a white lazy four. Or as I just mentioned to play the Sicilian. So when you learn the French, it kind of can throw wide off a little bit and it could be uncomfortable for White sometimes to play against the French defence of the French offenses, a really strong choice again. I've got opening courses about all of these different openings that you could look at specifically to learn them. But for now, I would say these are some of the opens that you just have to know. If you're gonna be a good chess player, study these and practice them, get really good at them. And once you know them all, then you can move forward and learn. Some of the other were obscure openings that you may not see as much, but you can use them as surprise weapons or the higher levels. Maybe you'll see them and you know what's do against them. So learn these openings before you move on to other openings. So the most important rule of thumb and chest. I already talked about it, but it's so important. I've just been a whole lesson on that next, and that is to control the center of the board 6. Lesson 5 Super Important Rules of Thumb: the object of chest throughout the opening more games to control the center of the board. Now at the center of the board. It's locked up, as it often does in certain types of positions, like kings Indian defense. Then you need to play on the wings. You're gonna be attacking on the outside of the board, but usually what you wanted to control the scent of the board. So one of the things you want to dio is you want Try to centralize your queen, if possible. Now, take a clean up too early. You know, we know that it could be a problem because I think the queen get chased around and your opponent can move their pieces out in game tempos on your queen and develop their pieces, making you move quick so you don't want your clean up too early. But a lot of times, if your opponent is playing in a meek fashion and they're playing a little bit too defensively, you can centralize your pieces really well. And then when the game easily and one of the things you want to do, you can see this in a lot of Bob efficient games, he was really good. Appling Fundamental chest and centralizing his queen, centralizing his pieces. And even though you may not see any immediate opportunities to get a checkmate or two with material, things will flow out of a strong center and you will start to get an advantage in the game . So but you don't know what to do in a chess game, and you're kind of stuck looking at, you know, looking to the board, not quite no one. Where to go from where you're at. A lot of times you get a really good set up in the open and get a really good position, but you're not really sure what to do. Just always be thinking in your mind. Okay, control the centre happen. I strengthen my control of the center. How can I slightly improve my position? A lot of times you win just by your opponent making mistakes and you playing really strong fundamental jets. Your portable created weakness, and you can exploit that weekend. So this is just basically guide your decisions, especially when you're not sure what to do and when the center was closed. Generally speaking, the nights are better than the bishops And when the centre is open, usually the bishops are better. This is pretty easy to understand. I mean, when the board is really open, your bishops have that long range capacity can reach all the way across the board. So, like in a Sicilian dragon, if the board is open and you got your fiancA of bishop aimed all the way across the long Bagnall, that peace could be really strong. Which is why, when you're black and displaying dragon you want, try to avoid trading that piece off. Also one of the reasons why the Sicilian dragon got its name. The dragon, they say that the bishop could be so strong is like breathing fire down the board. Another reason, though, that's called the Sicilian Dragging. Because upon structure for black, it looks like a dragon, the way that shaped or whatever. But basically, if the board close it down this pond, get locked up your nights ability to jump becomes more valuable. And so the nights become more powerful than the bishops don't want. Trade off your nights of your opponent's bishops and, conversely, that bishops can get blocked in by those ponds and all of a sudden basically be useless. And so you definitely want to trade off a bishop for your opponents night. If the board gets closed because you want to take away your opponent's ability of the night to hop around and reach into your position, it's a pretty basic concept. In chest. I meet a lot of players that are otherwise pretty good chess players that didn't even know that they didn't know that nice or better in close position. They didn't factor into their thinking when they're considering making trades and considering whether or not the position is about to be closed if the opponent pushes upon forward instead of makes upon trade. And so these are the types of rules of thumb that help you a lot when you add them all up together, knowing all of these things when they factor into your decision. Making particular move can make the difference, of course, between losing or winning the game. So always be thinking about patrol the center, control the center and also if your opponent strikes in the centre, usually with upon pushes how we move forward, not with the pieces, then you should attack on the wings and vice versa. You don't want to always be reactive to your opponent. I mean, tactically, if you're about to lose material and you need Teoh, maybe react to that. Of course, if you calculated well, you should be able to see what your point about to do. But if someone is attacking your center and you don't really have a way to defend the best thing to do, oftentimes counterattack on the wings, don't let your opponent dictate the game bait. Second center. You attack the wing. They had the wing, You attack the center and this happens. Of course, a lot in the Sicilian, as I already mentioned on the board is open and the bones are not locked. Um, some have been traded off again in the open Sicilian. This is a common example. There are a lot more tactics available and the game is more active and the opposite is true . When the board is closed, it's more positional. Much, uh, far fewer tactics will be available as gonna be more of a slow game. We're gonna be sort of positioning and jockeying for space on the board. And this is really useful to know because of your personality is. You like to play a slow positional strategic gain than you can intentionally try to close the position and then seek that type of a game. And if you like tactics, if you like excitement, you like attacking. Then you're gonna want to open up the board, and you wouldn't want to create chaos so that you have opportunities to win pieces to attack your opponent's king. And so everyone has a different personality and your personality will definitely go into your chest game. And if you don't know which type of a style you have or how to create which type of position on the board, then you can't use this knowledge to your advantage. Such a good thing to generally think about. So you want to find which type of a game open or closed or semi closed, suit your preferences and learn how to steer the game in that direction again. When I'm playing its opponents that are weaker than me, it's really easy to win, not because I'm a genius, but just my overall knowledge of chest being so much greater than them. I convicted game. I can react to what they're doing I can see that they don't know what they're doing. It a certain opening a position. I can see what they're thinking, and it's just really easy to win, especially if I'm playing at someone where I play the multiple games in a row. I see, though they don't know this opening farewell. So let's put that opening and get some over and over again when every time or if I see that opponent is weaker than me, and they do really well in a certain position or a certain opening. When I avoid that future, I steer the game away from that. Or if I see that the good tactics, which a lot of beginning players. Actually, they think the chess is all about tactics and sometimes a good tactics. But I don't understand. Positions always close the board down and then all this wind positional very easily. And this would get a Kasparov strategy. Wasn't he playing his deep blue in the nineties, the supercomputer that IBM created to play against him and he actually won the first match ? A lot of forget that he won the first match against that computer and only lost later on in a very, very close match after IBM beefed up the program a lot and made it much, much stronger, and it was still a very, very close match. But his strategy was really simple. It was because instead of making the computer giving the Peter an advantage by letting its raw, calculating ability show itself on the board with a lot of tactics that you know a human brain kind of I can't handle, he would close a position down and make it so the computer had to make these enormous calculations that a human brain wouldn't have to do because of the nature of the closed position is more strategic unless tactical, so any way you want to know what you prefer so that you can steer the game in that direction and play style that you like. Okay, once you find your style, you can choose those opening to choose the strategies that give you advantage, close games or better for players who strengths, strategy over tactics, open games or better for attacking players that are good at copulating and like lots of tactical opportunities. And you may be someone who likes both, but you might be in the mood for a tactical game, or you might be in the mood for quieter game. And so that will also help you win as well, Knowing what you feel like playing that day. Choosing those openings. There's a lot of stuff to think about when it comes to choosing openings, choosing how to play with these rules of thumb as they kind of get inculcated into your brain. As you practice using them, you will. Hopefully not too slowly, um, you will slowly get better at chess. You'll get stronger and stronger your win more games. But I hope by the end of this course, if you go out there and practice implementing these, that you're reiterating will go up by 100 points and you guys get immediate results from these general rules about chest that almost every student had ever had, has struggled with or at least didn't know most of them. Okay, And next, US and we look more specifically how to study the end game 7. Lesson 6 Important Endgame Technique: middle game understanding comes naturally. If you study the openings and the end games because the openings lead into the middle game and knowing what type of unending you want and would be advantageous dictates what you do in the middle game to a large degree. But strong endgame play. We'll win you a lot of games from seemingly drawn positions if you don't know the end game . But you're really good player. Otherwise you're gonna lose a lot of games that you should have one. This is one of the reasons why the top top players are always really good in the engines. Like Magnus Carlsen, the current world champion. He wins all kinds of games that most grandmasters say that's a draw. But he squeezes out a win because he understands the end game so well. He finds a way toe win by knowing all the rules. And there are a lot of comment and game positions that allow you to make good decisions in the middle game because you know that you're gonna be trading pieces into a winning and gave position that you've already studied and know how to play. So knowing that you're gonna go into an endgame where you can get upon across because, you know the rule of square. You know, the king can't catch you. You can calculate way ahead. But if you trade off, all the pieces are gonna win the game. And that is really important knowledge. Or if you already have learned the loose seen a position or the filling your position and you know that you're gonna be in a winning seen a position, then you know that you can trade all the pieces off even though the game looks even, or maybe even looks like you have a disadvantage. You're about to lose the game if you can figure out a way to trade up all the pieces and going to that winning Houssine a position that you studied and you're gonna win the game. So it kind of dictates how you play early on in the game by knowing the end game. And I've won countless games with having superior and game knowledge to my opponent. So one of the biggest ones, you must learn how to maintain the opposition with your king when all the pieces are off the board. When all the pieces come off the board. The king is a super powerful piece all of a sudden, and it a lot of people don't really realize that. So when the first thing strong players do is, once you start treating up pieces, you have to rush your king to the center, the board to block the other king and to get opposition and want to get opposition. That means basically, you make it so their king can't advance any further. And you have more space that king has to go around you and you're trying to get upon across . You want to get your king in front of your pond. You don't want to push your pawn if your king is behind it, cause then, of course, the other king of your opponent can block it. So the first thing you want to do when you start transitioning into an endgame is rush or king out Teoh the center of the board or out in front of your pause, especially if there's no other pieces on the board of all except for ponds and the king. But generally speaking, you want Teoh. Be quick to move your king out and quick utilize your king in endgame. And I see this is one of the most common misconceptions with weaker players. They don't understand how important the king becomes, Um, late in the middle game and early in the end game. You gotta move your king out. Okay? You must study already mentioned this, but you guys just got basically look it up online and, uh, learn by heart the loose sina and fill it or positions. They're very common will seem a lot in the end game. And it's just a pattern that you have to know in order to win the game in certain positions that you'll see. I'm not gonna go into them in this course because I want this course to be about learning. Lost lots of general things, general advice that will help you to study better and improve immediately. But you gotta learn Lucienne filled or positions. You must know the rules. Squares that states You can always catch an opponent's pawn if you can get inside the square that it is moving in. And the thing about the rules squares, it means you don't have to calculate all you don't You don't look and see OK, am I going to catch that partner Not into focus really hard and count positive move that I'm gonna be looking possible. I don't think any cackling at all. You just know that if you can get your king to within the square of squares that that pawn is in, you're going to be able to catch them. So look it up. Typing ruled squares. It will show you exactly what I'm talking about. It's really simple. It's a short cut. So you don't calculate you'll be able to see really easily whether or not you can catch your opponents pawn or not so that it's, um, General things you know about studying the end game. Um, look that stuff up. Study it on your own. It's not super complicated, but it is really important. OK, and on the next lesson we look a more rules of thumb for general strong play 8. Lesson 7 More Rules of Thumb for Strong Play: So one of the shortcuts that allows you to think really quickly without making mistakes is by counting defenders of a square because it allows you to know whether or not you can capture a piece without having to calculate. For example, instead of going okay, I take, he takes and I take it He takes, I think he takes and having to visualize all the captors and recaptured you basically just count how many defenders your opponent has on the square that you're looking at. So if you want to push upon forward and he's got three defenders and you have three defenders of that pawn and you push that forward, you know that it will just be unequal trade. But if you pushed upon forward and you see that he's got four pieces on it and you holding out three defenders, he's gonna win apiece. OK is a very, very basic rule that I see a lot of beginning players don't know, you know. You don't have to calculate it all when you're looking at a trade, a big swap of pieces. A lot of people just make mistakes by miscalculating when they look at the big trade four or five pieces might be traded off and you go, Oh, whoops. I lost upon their or lost a piece there. All you gotta do is count the number of defenders if the number of offenders ISMM or the number of Attackers and you cannot make the move, basically, get that into your brain and it will save you a lot of time, especially in blitz. Game also never attacked the opponent's king without at least three pieces working together every once while you know you can get a check mate with only two pieces. Usually that means that your opponent blundered, made a really stupid mover, and you got lucky or something. Usually you need to be able to coordinate three pieces in order to get a good attack on the king because they're playing good defense that usually be able to defend against a couple of pieces. But with three, at the very least, you should be able tow weaken. Their king position may be forcing them upon forward for some to have to move a piece back to defend the ponds of one of the king, and then you can continue your attack by bringing Mawr pieces into a new attack formation. But a lot of beginning players, they just want to get a check made. I think there is gonna aim the pieces of the opponent's king, and then they overreach and then their position falls apart. So, general, don't think about attacking your opponent's king until you finished opening. You know all of your pieces, setting them all up castling and getting all your pieces out and then getting three pieces , at least in coordination against your opponent's king. If you can't do that, then it's not time to attack it. You need to be patient, okay? Always, always, always played, forcing chest instead of what we call Hope Jets. We don't hope their opponent doesn't see something that we see. We don't hope that they're gonna make some mistake. We always assume our opponent is going to make the best possible move that we can see. And then you find a reply to the best possible move. We always sumac that I'm going to see that that's really sneaky. The plan that I have here, they're gonna miss that. Never assume your point is gonna miss something that you can see. It's a call playing, forcing chess. It's what a computer does it calculate every possibility, and that's what you have to get into the habit of doing. You could see a move that even if you think your opponents not as good as you and they're going to miss it, even if you're playing someone who's rated much lower than you don't get into the bad habit of just thinking that they're not going to see this cool tactic that you've got. If they make him a steak, okay, play forcing chest that no matter what your opponent does, they have no choice but to lose the exchange to lose the game. Okay, so forcing chest just means that always. Assuming your opponent, we'll see the best possible moves and finding an even better one. Also, always looking for your opponent's best moves, not just your own. Most chess players tend to be myopic or overly focused on their own moves. Their own candidate moves, and it leads to that. Missing the opponent's best attacking was is much more fun. Look at what we can do as the aggressor against our opponent. It's much more interesting for us to be looking at that, And so therefore, we often overlook our weaknesses in our defense and what an opponent can do to us and the opportunities that they have against us. So you need to look at your defense at least as much as you look at your offense, and we have a cognitive bias to be looking, are attacking moves. So this is one of the most common problems that even strong players have you need to look at. Your defense is much as you look at your offense, and this is one of the reasons why Bobby Fischer was so good. He was paranoid, a super paranoid about losing, so he would look a defense really hard before looking at all of his offense and basically but official with everything but in chance. We kind of got to be paranoid about your position. And don't underestimate your opponents attacking chances. Sometimes you have to play defense. And so well, Bobby Fischer's Ah, paranoid personality did not help him in life. It really, really helps him become a better chess players. One the reasons why he was so strong. Also, this sounds pretty obvious, but always played to win. Don't resign just because you've lost some material. I mean, if you lose the whole piece at the higher levels of the game, usually it means the game is over and you can resign, but still, I mean, you know, it's a good habit to just carry on in the fighting spirit and play for fun. See if maybe you could make your opponent make a mistake. See if you can try to eat a draw out of the position. Maybe you can give your opponent to make a draw because of a repetition. Maybe you can get, um, a bunch of checks in a role that your opponent can get out of. But I always, always, always played to win. This is one of the hallmarks of great players already mentioned. The Magnus Carlsen can eke wins out of seemingly drawn positions. Bobby Fischer was the same way. It makes chest more fun. It will improve your game to always be pushing for the win. And it's just not fun to be, you know, giving up easily or getting a lot of draws. And this is one of the problems of the high levels of play. Right now, all the professional players really worried about losing rating points and things like that . And so they go for draws after 10 move 20 moves. They don't really play the win. They just play to maintain their rating, and it's making chest. A lot of you're worse off because it another big thing is you need to learn to manage the clock and knowing your openings helps a lot with this. But in real chest, you're always gonna be playing in time game. I mean, a lot of casual chest players. They played chess with no clock and then sit there. The board and it's really weird to play this way, actually, because if you take a lot longer than your opponent, think about your moves, you've got a huge advantage because you're spending more time on each new. This is why in a tournament you always have a clock and everyone has the same amount of time with which to think. This is how you measure whether or not you are playing a fair game of chess. I should always play with oclock. Even for playing over the board, you should have a chess clock. You need to learn how to manage that time. So that's why I'm doing the openings. Helps really well. If you could get a big advantage on the clock and enforce your opponent to make some bad. It was later on the game of psychologically. It was pressure on your opponent. Teoh. See you moving quickly. Also when you know you're open really well and you move quickly. This thing that tends to happen is that your opponent will tend to copy the speed of your moves. This is an interesting psychological tactic. When you move fast, your point in tens of one who fast to a copy you. It's just sort of interesting thing that happens over the board. And so, especially if you are behind on time and your opponent has a lot of time. You can perhaps get them to make bad moves. But we really fast and makes them want to copy your tempo. So it's an interesting thing. That's, um, I could help you sometime in certain situations, but in general has never played one time games. It's lazy. It's not gonna help you get better at chess. Also have a poker face. While playing over the board chess you may have made a mistake. But you know your point. It may not have seen it until you grimace. Someone will be making a bad move and grimaced in Our corner goes up. So he must do something bad there. Your opponent may not have seen what you did. Don't assume your opponent sees everything. On the one hand, I told you, we have to play forcing chest and we do assume our opponents sees everything. But if you make a movie that immediately realize that was a really bad move, you know, have a poker face, have a straight face. Your opponent may also miss it, and this happens all the time. I mean, it's an important thing to do. So it's a very practical little rule of thumb for playing over the board. Chess, um, and finally, always look, at least three moves ahead, no matter what. I mean, when you're looking at Canada news and you're looking at what you expect your opponents, you don't just look at their one move response. Make it a habit that you're gonna look at least three moves ahead. What their best move is when your reply is going to be what their next best movies. And when your reply is going to be always do that. Don't be lazy. Don't mistake. Okay? This is obviously couldn't make that move. You have to get in the habit of calculating every single time and checking to make sure that you haven't made a blunder or an error In your calculation. Chess is a really complicated game, and oftentimes things that look good all of a sudden you will miss. If you look one further, move ahead and realize Oh, no, Well, being check if that happens. Oh, no, He's got this in between move because I gotta pieces pin, and I'm gonna lose material. So it is. Get into the habit of very least looking three moves ahead even if it's the very beginning of the game when you're just playing in the opening and you know your opponents probably going to go into a Spanish that everything's gonna be pretty normal. Still, calculate three moves ahead and it'll save you for making any really big, uh, mistakes. Okay, so that's it for this course. I hope you guys got a lot out of it. Um, if you implement all of these different rules of thumb for strong chess play. You're gonna be a much, much stronger player. Then you were before. So good luck with all of the games. And I hope you guys feel ratings go up at least 100 points in a very short period of time.