Sunday, August 26, 2012

Fwd: Your Wonderful webpage

Every once in awhile I get an email like this.  My response is at the bottom.

On Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 3:58 PM, David Korn <> wrote:

Dear John, I am impressed.  You really get it.  I didn't find things I didn't know, or hadn't found somewhere else, but all you did was so well presented, and in all aspects agree with your take on things, your approach.  You got so much, if not all, right.  Talk about evaluating a position, try accessing an endeavor!  Your work is of the best standard, in my book.  Thank you.

I plan to write about and/or mention clear and center what I found.  Not huge, not small, I have about seventy readers a day, non-commercial basis of course.

Just to ask you, are you there, and are you still active?  As in, is this email still active and do you ever change the website or is it more or less fixed, and remains from years ago?

David Korn

PS, FYI:  Yasser is one of my best friends (I saw him two weeks ago, as promised, he stood behind me watching me at the US Open Blitz, a real total disaster for me).  Ouch.  I am not good at chess, but rather love to study chess, my focus.  


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From: John Coffey <>
Date: Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 4:37 PM
Subject: Re: Your Wonderful webpage
To: David Korn <>


Is this you? 

I have mostly been focused my my chess:  Trying to stay above 2000.

I feel that my chess lesson web page could be somewhat better in presentation and content.    The issue is finding the right content.  For someone like me who wants to be a master, it is hard to know what to study.  If there are clear guidelines out there, I am missing it.  Instead there is an overwhelming amount of information and most of it not useful.  

Given that I have limited time, I am searching for the "magic bullet" that will allow me to rise to the next level.   

Lately I have going through certain chess games repeatedly.  My approach to chess has always been somewhat memorization intensive, because I feel that repetition is necessary for learning.  At least it is for me.   Although I don't memorize very many games from beginning to end, I do go through a large number of games enough times that I partially remember them.

The chess games that I have been studying are a combination of master games from various sources, a select number of my online games chosen from thousands of examples, and some opening analysis that I generated with the Houdini chess engine.  

Best wishes,

John Coffey