Saturday, July 7, 2012

FREE CHESS LESSONS TO F.G. Calderon High School Chess Club Members.

FREE CHESS LESSONS TO F.G. Calderon High School Chess Club MEMBERS......

The F. G. Calderon High School Chess Club located in Hermosa Street,Tondo Manila are pleased to announced that NA Ernie Baltazar, the 2010 ASEAN Senior triple gold medalist will be giving a three hours teaching session on Saturday,July 7,2012 from 9:00 am - 12: 00 noon.  on Saturday,July 7,2012 from 9:00am-12:noon. 

There are no instant master or grandmasters.It will take about 10 years of intense preoccupation with the game for a person to reach grandmasters level.In a research,the master would perhaps spent 10,000 to 50,000 hours staring at chess positions which are comparable to that of a highly literate people that have a reading vocabularies of 50,000 words or more. The master and grandmasters not only select good moves but they often than weak players notice these moves in the first few seconds after they look at a new positions.Having notice such a move,the master may continue to analyze the position before he is satisfied that it is the best moved and sometimes his analysis will show that his first impulse was wrong.But this ability to notice moves at a glance is always astonishing to lesser players. A master or grandmasters can beat player of inferior skills while taking only few seconds per move and playing simultaneously against many player.The question is how does one become a master in the first place? The answer is practice - thousands of hours of practice. Early in practice,these move sequence are arrived at slowly - "If i take that piece then he take this piece......" but with practice,the initial condition is seen as a pattern,quickly and unconsciously and the plausible moves comes almost automatically. Practice also interacts with talents.


What is chess?
  • Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders - Savielly Tartakower
  • Chess is a beautiful mistress. - Larsen
  • Chess is life - Bobby Fischer
  • Chess is like life - Boris Spassky
  • Chess is everything - art, science, and sport. - Karpov
  • Chess is 99 percent tactics. - Teichmann
  • Chess is really 99 percent calculation - Soltis
  • Chess is mental torture. - Kasparov
  • Chess is ruthless: you've got to be prepared to kill people. - Nigel Short
  • Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe - Indian proverb
  • Chess is as much a mystery as women - Purdy

  • Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy. - Tarrasch

    • You cannot play at chess if you are kind-hearted. - French Proverb
    • Morphy was probably the greatest genius of them all. - Fischer
    • Every chess master was once a beginner. - Chernev
    • Life is too short for chess. - Byron
    • A good player is always lucky. - Capablanca
    • A chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe you have an advantage, and the third... when you know you're going to lose! - Tartakower
    • When the chess game is over, the pawn and the king go back to the same box - UNKNOWN
    General Tips
    • When you see a good move wait - look for a better one. -  Emanuel Lasker
    • Play the opening like a book, the middle game like a magician, and the endgame like a machine. - Spielmann
    • All that matters on the chessboard is good moves. - Bobby Fischer
    • The pawns are the soul of chess. - Philidor
    • The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made. - Tartakover
    • No price is too great for the scalp of the enemy King. - Koblentz
    • The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake. - Tartakover
    • A man surprised is half beaten. - Proverb
    • Chess is 99 percent tactics. - Teichmann
    • There are two types of sacrifices: correct ones and mine. - Tal
    • The defensive power of a pinned piece is only imaginary. - Nimzovich
    • The pin is mightier than the sword. - Reinfeld
    • The combination player thinks forward; he starts from the given position, and tries the forceful moves in his mind. - Emanuel Lasker
    • Discovered check is the dive-bomber of the chessboard. - Fine
    • If the student forces himself to examine all moves that smite, however absurd they may look at first glance, he is on the way to becoming a master of tactics. - Purdy
    • The tactician knows what to do when there is something to do; whereas the strategian knows what to do when there is nothing to do. -Gerald Abrahams
    • Examine moves that smite! A good eye for smites is far more important than a knowledge of strategical principles. - Purdy
    • The scheme of a game is played on positional lines; the decision of it, as a rule, is effected by combinations. - Reti
    • In the perfect chess combination as in a first-rate short story, the whole plot and counter-plot should lead up to a striking finale, the interest not being allayed until the very last moment. -Yates and Winter
    • A thorough understanding of the typical mating continuations makes the most complicated sacrificial combinations leading up to them not only not difficult, but almost a matter of course. - Tarrasch
    • It's always better to sacrifice your opponent's men. - Tartakover

    In his classic Novice Nook The Theory of Chess Improvement Dan Heisman points out the following common chess errors.
    • Playing too fast or too slow.
    • Having bad thought processes – such as playing “Hope Chess”
      (making a move but not analyzing whether you can safely meet any
      forcing reply).
    • seeing a good move and not looking for a better one.
    • not looking for all your opponent’s threats from his previous move.
    • Not following general principles, such as not developing all your
      pieces in the opening or not activating your king quickly enough in the
    • Misunderstanding the value of the pieces. For example, thinking that
      trading a rook and pawn for a bishop and knight is usually an equal
    • Psychological errors, such as not playing with confidence, or avoiding
      higher rated players for fear of losing.
    • Analysis errors, like “retained images” (where you analyze and think a
      piece is still on a square from which it moved earlier in the imagined
      sequence) or making “quiescence errors” (stopping your analysis to
      evaluate a position when there are still tactics to be resolved).
    • Evaluation errors – thinking a position is good when it is actually bad
      and vice versa.

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