Chess Think

If a picture can be worth a thousand words than I suppose it’s justifiable that I used two YouTube videos to explain a single chess position. These two episodes are part of a series dedicated to describing thought processes that will lead you to making better decisions during your chess games.


Black to move (Hermanis Karlovich Mattison vs Vladimir Vukovic, Debrecen 1925).

Episode One and Two of Chess Think feature a single position from move 20 of the 1925 game between Hermanis Karlovich Mattison and Vladimir Vukovic. In episode one, we visualize a candidate move for black and then analyze all of the checks, captures and threats white can respond with. I consider to be the best thought process to avoid playing tactically unsound moves including the very tempting capture featured in episode One. In Episode Two, we use the checks, captures and threats method to locate a new candidate move and then to determine if our new move is winning.

Together, the first two videos of Chess Think launch an important series dedicated to the thought processes needed to excel in chess. If you are serious about improving at chess, start using the checks, captures and threats method of analysis described thoroughly in the two videos below. This method takes time and effort but the payoff is that you will immediately play better chess.

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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