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A New Training Game

January 5th, 2011

I’m always looking for fun ways to train. Especially when it comes to going over master games I find myself just nodding my head and saying “yep, yep, yep.” ┬áSolitaire chess is pretty cool, but I knew there had to be a better way.

Now there is. I’ve invented what I call “three move solitaire.” Here’s how it works:

  1. Select a decisive game (a victory) that you want to study.
  2. Play through the first ten moves.
  3. Cover the score sheet so you can only see the opponent’s move.
  4. Make the opponents move.
  5. Think about the three moves you think are the best candidates. Give yourself 3 minutes or so (use a timer if you like).
  6. Rank your three choices from highest to lowest, so choice #1, choice #2 and choice #3.
  7. Uncover your player’s move.
  8. If the actual move in the game is your first choice, give yourself 3 points. If it’s the second, give yourself 2 points. And if it’s the third, give yourself 1 point.
  9. Repeat until you run out of moves.

Now you can calculate your percentage by dividing your points by three times the total number of moves your player made minus ten (because we played out the first ten moves). If the game is annotated, go over the annotations now. You’ll get a whole new appreciation for the games you study and improve your play rather dramatically.

You might also play this game in competition with friends. I’d love to hear if this technique works for you.


  1. Robert Cuadros
    January 8th, 2011 at 19:33 | #1

    Hey! You’re back! Thank you for your articles!

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