In the diagram below, white uses a positional tactic to improve their position. Can you find the move? Give it a try, then watch the video to see the solution:
White to move
You can get more of these instructive chess positions with video solutions! I’ve put 40 of my best chess training videos in the collection below:
THE BEST MOVE! Chess Training Videos
- 40 Instructive Chess Positions (with video solutions)
- Train your mind to think and find good moves in almost any position
- Learn important tactics and strategies
- Rating range: 1100-1600
- Price: $15
THE BEST MOVE! is a collection of chess training exercises with video solutions.
With these exercises you will not only learn new things about the game, but you will also improve your thinking skills at the same time. And if you think about it (double meaning intended) it is really the most important part of your improvement.
What is the most effective way to improve your chess?
This is a question I have been trying to answer for more than 15 years in my experience as a chess coach and on this page I want to tell you more about the fundamental principles that I apply in the video-based training method I developed.
3 Fundamental concepts that make your chess training more effective
THE BEST MOVE training exercises are based on 3 important ideas. It’s these concepts that make this training method much more effective than the typical exercises you will find in books, or on the internet.
First concept: When you do an exercise, you shouldn’t be told what the objective is.
If someone were to tell you – hey there is a mate in 2 moves, you will know what to look for and that makes it much easier to find the answer. But the problem is, in a real game you are on your own, nobody will be there to tell you when there is something special in the position. And so when you do your training, you also shouldn’t have the advantage of knowing what the objective is.
Second concept: You should spend some time with the position before viewing the solution.
It is my experience that your mind will be more receptive to learning a new idea if you first try to solve it on your own. The time you spend thinking about the position prepares your mind to learn more from the solution I will show you.
By spending time with the position on your own, you are simulating a real-world situation where you must try to find the best move
Third concept: Through the spaced repetition of tactical motifs and strategies, you will, in time, master them.
It is wishful thinking to hope you will forever remember the motif you learned in one exercises. However, if you encounter a similar motif in various positions over time, you will eventually master the important ideas.
How to do the THE BEST MOVE! training exercises
I recommend you apply the 2 thinking methods presented in the 10-Day Chess Challenge as you go about doing these exercises. Doing it this way will not only help you find the best move, but it will also help you better understand the features of the position.
Once you have decided on the move you would have played, start the video and compare the solution to your own findings.
(Note there will also be a text description next to the board if you prefer reading about the solution.)
If there is anything in the solution that isn’t clear to you, feel free to send me an email with your question.
Enjoy your training!