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Thoughts on Practice

An interview with GM R.B. Ramesh on Dojo Talk

Hi everyone!

I just want to share some thoughts on chess practice. Today I listened to an interesting interview while working. It was an interview with GM R.B. Ramesh on Dojo Talk, which you now can listen to as a podcast. It aired some time ago on Twitch, but I missed it. There are many small nuggets throughout the interview, but my main takeaways are the following:

Have a plan and stick to it

Most players do not have clarity on this. We solve puzzles online, play blitz, and maybe work on our openings, and that’s it. So we don’t have a plan for what do I need to practice at my level and where you should grow.. As a result they are not growing as fast as they should be.

GM R.B. Ramesh

I can recognize this in my own practice. I have managed to stop the mindless blitz-games, but falling back on doing openings and solving puzzles is always a strong tendency for me.

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Blindfold Opening Visualization, Puzzle 1-10

Test your visualization


I don’t think any chess book has been written this way before, so we are paving the road while driving. ‘Blindfold Opening Visualization’, my next book, will contain 100 blindfold opening puzzles.

The cover of Blindfold Opening Visualization

I have already selected most of them and annotated the solutions. However, my idea is that getting them tested will help improve the quality. Based on the answers I will add possible sidelines, comments, and include a difficulty-rating for each puzzle. I really hope that you want to practice and test your visualization!

To participate click on the Google-form on the orange-button. I will send out the results/solutions and the puzzles 11-20 next week.

Submit answers

Note that not all puzzles are a tactic…


Rapport-Jobava System

1. d4 d5 2. ♗f4 ♘f6 3. ♘c3 ♘c6 4. e3 ♗f5 5. a3 e6 6. ♘f3 ♗d6 7. ♘e5 ♘xe5 8.

White to move

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