Grandmaster Colovic on How to Win Opens

We are delighted to present a new blog post by Grandmaster Alex Colovic. Today, in a post which will have special relevance to club and tournament players, he shares his thoughts on how to be successful in Open tournaments. How To Win Opens I started playing opens throughout Europe in the mid 90s of the last century. One of the […]

A Daily Training Routine

We always enjoy guest posts by Grandmaster Alex Colovic. This time, Alex’s offers thoughts on the art of training for tournaments. Daily Routine I write this as I finished my one hour of tactical exercises. This used to be my routine when I was playing often; I would do at least one hour of tactical exercises […]

Repetition of Moves

We are delighted to present a new guest post by Grandmaster Alex Colovic. As always, Alex tackles an unusual subject with honesty and style, challenging conventional wisdom to encourage independent thinking. Repetition of Moves In this post I would like to share my views on a theme that is quite common in nearly every game of tournament chess, […]

Improving as an Adult

How can chess players set about improving as an adult? We are delighted to bring you a new guest post by Grandmaster Alex Colovic. Alex’s posts are always full of sound advice, usually with an intriguing twist. Today, for example, we are asked to reconsider what we think about entering our ‘comfort zone.’ Improving as an Adult You don’t need research […]

Luck In Chess

Today brings a new guest post by Grandmaster Alex Colovic. Alex’s posts are always entertaining, instructive and thought-provoking. Recently, for example, he posted on the subject of How to Analyse Your Own Games. This time, he examines the concept of luck in chess. Does it exist and, if so, how does it affect one’s game and thinking processes? […]

How to Analyse Your Own Games – Part Two

We start our week in fine style with a guest post from Grandmaster Alex Colovic. Alex presents the second part of his series on How to Analyse Your Own Games. If you need to reacquaint yourself with the first part, then you can find it here. How to Analyse Your Own Games – Part Two The middlegame is the […]

How to Analyse Your Own Games – Part One

Today brings a special guest post by Grandmaster Alex Colovic, who presents his thoughts on how to analyse your own games. Alex’s posts are always very popular, thanks to his no-nonsense style and Grandmasterly wisdom. Last time we saw an article covering Complete Confusion but this time Alex recommends bringing order to a complicated issue. How to Analyse Your Own Games – Part One The advice that […]

Grandmaster Colovic on Complete Confusion

Complete confusion! That is the subject of today’s guest post by Grandmaster Alex Colovic. It is always a treat when we have a guest post by Alex. His most recent post, on What Not to Do, proved to be particularly popular. This one concerns computer analysis and its relevance to own preparation. Is it always helpful? […]

What Not To Do: A Grandmaster’s Advice

Guest columnist Grandmaster Alex Colovic provided our final blog post of 2020 and he returns today with a fascinating piece full of advice on how to improve at chess. Alex doesn’t tell you what to do; he offers advice on… What Not To Do A lot of advice, mine included, is about what you should do […]

Grandmaster Tips: How to Improve Chess Calculation Skills

Grandmaster Tips for Improving Chess Calculation Skills Chess players often forget the difference between the two types of study there are in chess. One type of study is the acquirement of knowledge. Players accumulate knowledge of openings, middle games, endgames, they know what a best line is in a certain variation, they know what Carlsen […]

Grandmaster tips: Getting the most out of playing chess online

Being able to start playing chess online against another person after a couple of clicks has become a blessing that many of us take for granted nowadays. Here I would like to discuss a few important aspects of playing chess online.I will start with my own experience and the first thing I will say is […]