Valentin's blog


    • How to Get to the Next Level?

      Students of mine, who are approaching a rating of 2000, asked me recently, "What do I need to do to get to the next level?" Below is an expanded version of my compiled responses.  I and everyone who reads this blog would much appreciate relevant... | Read More

      • _valentin_
      • | Jun 7, 2015
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    • A Sample Coaching Game - Part 7

      A Sample Coaching Game with a Student (Part 7, final)  Below is a transcript from an actual coaching game that shows the richness of the ongoing discussion (literally on each move) between coach and student.  A total of over 250 messages ... | Read More

      • _valentin_
      • | Jan 23, 2013
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    • A Sample Coaching Game - Part 6

      A Sample Coaching Game with a Student (Part 6)  Below is a transcript from an actual coaching game that shows the richness of the ongoing discussion (literally on each move) between coach and student.  A total of over 250 messages were ex... | Read More

      • _valentin_
      • | Jan 23, 2013
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    • A Sample Coaching Game - Part 5

      A Sample Coaching Game with a Student (Part 5)  Below is a transcript from an actual coaching game that shows the richness of the ongoing discussion (literally on each move) between coach and student.  A total of over 250 messages were ex... | Read More

      • _valentin_
      • | Jan 23, 2013
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    • A Sample Coaching Game - Part 4

      A Sample Coaching Game with a Student (Part 4)  Below is a transcript from an actual coaching game that shows the richness of the ongoing discussion (literally on each move) between coach and student.  A total of over 250 messages were ex... | Read More

      • _valentin_
      • | Jan 22, 2013
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    • A Sample Coaching Game - Part 3

      A Sample Coaching Game with a Student (Part 3)  Below is a transcript from an actual coaching game that shows the richness of the ongoing discussion (literally on each move) between coach and student.  A total of over 250 messages were ex... | Read More

      • _valentin_
      • | Jan 22, 2013
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    • A Sample Coaching Game - Part 2

      A Sample Coaching Game with a Student (Part 2)  Below is a transcript from an actual coaching game that shows the richness of the ongoing discussion (literally on each move) between coach and student.  A total of over 250 messages were ex... | Read More

      • _valentin_
      • | Jan 22, 2013
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    • A Sample Coaching Game with a Student - Part 1

      A Sample Coaching Game with a Student(Part 1)  Below is a transcript from an actual coaching game that shows the richness of the ongoing discussion (literally on each move) between coach and student.  A total of over 250 messages were excha... | Read More

      • _valentin_
      • | Jan 22, 2013
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    • A Subtle Pawn Endgame

      I present here the result of a recent deep analysis I did on a position from one of my own games.  It was a pawn endgame that occurred in one of the variations, and white was clearly trying to save themselves.   The goal: find the best chance f... | Read More

      • _valentin_
      • | May 7, 2012
      • | 1564 views
      • | 4 comments
    • True Stories of Inspiration

      True Stories of Inspiration [Please post in response to this blog if you know similar tales (or true stories) of inspiration that you would love to share.] The following tales of inspiration are true stories, and while the details may not be a... | Read More

      • _valentin_
      • | Jan 8, 2011
      • | 3532 views
      • | 6 comments