## Student’s game

Today I’d like to show you a very interesting game of a student of mine. His name is Ed Dodd and his USCF is 1140. Ed had started studying seriously (and correctly) on his own very recently but has already made a huge progress. Of course, there are some mistakes in this game, some are even very serious ones, but some moves played by Ed show his potential and clear knowledge of certain middlegame methods.

## “Knight delivers the last blow”

This is the name of one of the themes from our middlegame and endgame collection. It is very useful and happens very often. The question is only: do you notice it and can implement it yourself? 🙂 If you are not sure how to use or notice it in your games, it is time to study many such examples! 🙂

## An “easy, but nice” example

While teaching one of my students yesterday we came across an example which was simple, yet nice. You can apply a “Dembo-rule” – “I would like…” from my first middlegame book to find it quickly! If something looks interesting in the position, always look for what you would like to do and try to make it work! 🙂

It is Black to move.

## My dad’s attacks and sacrifices – Part II

This is the second part of my dad’s attacking games and sacrifices, studying which will help you to implement them in your own games 🙂

## Starting a new theme

Today I want to start a new theme! And it will be, I hope, both interesting and useful for many not so strong players. When I was 5-6 years old, my dad (my trainer all my life) taught me: “Lenochka! You must play blitz games! It is very useful! And you need to play them very bravely, very brightly, very quickly! You must be able to quickly play the opening (and to do this you need to know the openings!), you need to know what to do in the middlegame (and to know it you must study them seriously), you need to work on endgame technique. But most importantly, you need to learn to sacrifice in these games (and to do this, you need to calculate variations very quickly and to be ready every move to give pieces and pawns to create an attack or checkmate). Playing blitz exactly in this way, you will definitely learn to play colourfully, giftedly, actively. In general, we will look especially for such opponents who will help you to master all this!
And so, my dad – chess trainer, pianist, writer, phychologist, is already 62 years old 🙂 . But in his spare minutes he gladly plays blitz games online, and only 2 (!!) minute per game. He says, that it is a great means against getting old! 🙂 and I want to show you some fragments from his games. I like them! 🙂 These is not only great study material. These is nice study material 🙂 . I wish you to enjoy them and use in your games too!