10 day chess challenge
Louis Holtzhausen (Chessfox.com) presents a 10 day chess challenge to develop your evaluation & calculation - excellent training for visualisation skills.:
Video 5 Calculation exercises (6:02 min)
Video 8 Calculation exercises (6:00 min)
Video 9 Calculation exercises (7:46 min)
Video 10 Calculation exercises (6:43 min)
Video 11 Calculation exercises (8:10 min)
IM Daniel Rensch
A miniature is a short game (up to 25 moves). Usually only decisive games (not draws) are considered miniatures. Ideally, a miniature should not be spoiled by an obvious blunder by the losing side. A miniature may also qualify for a brilliancy prize in a tournament.
Miniatures end with clever attacking combinations.
Mato Jelic has presented a wonderful collection of miniature games
with instructive commentary.
At times he invites you to pause the video to consider the next move.
How does a computer play chess ?
Chess seems like a distinctly human activity, requiring intelligence and thought, so how can a computer possibly do it?
Computers don't really "play" chess like people do. A computer that is playing chess is not "thinking." Instead, it is calculating
through a set of formulas that cause it to make good moves.
- adapted from HowStuffWorks.com
The video starts with an explanation of how a computer plays a simple game of fiddlesticks. It then looks at more complex 'thinking' (approx 5 min)
X chess championship
Eight top-rating teenagers compete against each other in a championship with a time limit of 15 minutes each.
Each video is presented with very good commentary & analysis of moves by expert players as games are played.
4 videos each approx 26 mins in length.
Video 1 begins with a short introduction about how pieces move & then straight into the games
Queen of Katwe
From living in the streets in the slums of Katwe, Uganda, to learning chess in a Sports Outreach Institute missionary program to becoming one of her nation’s top chess players competing in international competitions, Phiona Mutesi has come a long way from the 9-year old girl who came for a cup of porridge. “Queen of Katwe,” which is soon to be made into a Disney movie, Phiona is an inspiration to millions, and especially to girls in a nation where girls are particularly marginalized.
Video official trailer of the Disney movie (approx 4 min)