Why You Should Never Offer A Draw

Why You Should Never Offer A Draw

Offering a draw is the fastest way to lose out on a possibility to learn. You rate the result higher than the process. And that is definitely not the way to go. A draw offer usually happens in one of the two situations: You are better against a stronger opponent, but...
The Magic Of Self-Confidence

The Magic Of Self-Confidence

Last week I asked a young compatriot what goals he set for his career. A 17-year-old FM told me “the IM title would be nice, maybe 2450”. Then he said with a scared expression “maybe also the GM title, but I don’t know if this is...
No More Fear Based Thinking: Focus On The Process

No More Fear Based Thinking: Focus On The Process

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”-Michael Jordan Fear based thinking is a...
Escaping FOMO In Chess

Escaping FOMO In Chess

The days where chess material was a rare Good seem far away. Nowadays we suffer from an overload of material and advice. The potential for FOMO (fear of missing out) is HUGE! Everybody has an opinion on how you should improve and which opening “is the...
How To Beat Higher Rated Opponents In Chess

How To Beat Higher Rated Opponents In Chess

Whenever I face a higher-rated opponent I am going into the game ready to beat him. No passivity or trying to hold a draw. I want to play my own game, take command and win from a position of strength. Rather than being scared of my opponent, I trust my intuition....