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Many years ago; the webmaster sitting with the 12th World Chess Champion, Russian Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov, the most successful tournament player of all time

Our Mission

To educate and generate enthusiasm in beginners and amateur chess players by:

1. Providing free practical advice on training, improvement, etiquette and other chess resources.

2. Communicating the variety of benefits that are associated with chess.

About the site

Welcome to my chess website. This site provides strategies, tips and advice on chess. Topics discussed include chess openings, strategy and endgames. My writing primarily targets beginners up to club players, although sometimes I could not resist throwing in some advanced material. I am not a programmer and lack the patience to learn website-creation. So, I came up with the convenient concept of having a simple, plain white website. This website has been running since mid-2007. I have put the article date on the bottom right corner of each page. You may find that newer articles contain more eloquent language as my English improves over the years.

What does 'GeniusProphecy' mean? "We all have a sleeping genius inside of us. The great ones are able to wake theirs up by finding what they truly love and dedicating their lives to it. Maybe one day I can wake mine..." Okay, I just made that up; the name had no original intended meaning ;)

About the webmaster

I have been playing chess for more than half my life now. Before I started playing serious tournaments, I first played on the internet for several months, which turned out to be an excellent practical decision. Many players immediately play nationally rated games as beginners, and find that they start off with very low ratings which will be a pain to try and improve on, even if they are actually much better. Eventually, I dabbled my way into tournaments. At age 9, I won the Australian Chess Championship for Under 10's in Adelaide. Of course, at under 10 level, a lot of luck is required in order to win.

I started obtaining chess coaching about 2 years after I learned the rules. One of the important things I learned in this period was that the opening repertoire I had adopted, seemingly be chance, was not ambitious and I should have a complete overhaul of my openings systems. My competence for the game grew fairly fast and age 14, I won the Australian Chess Championship for Under 16's in Canberra.

I had a major breakthrough at the end of 2006, winning a tournament in front of 1 GM and several IMs. This increased my Australian rating from about 1881 to 2084, and my FIDE from 2066 to 2152. Since the end of 2007, I have almost completely stopped playing tournament chess due to a combination of financial matters and increasing schoolwork.

Over the years, I have represented Australia in international junior competitions in France, Turkey, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. The picture at the top of the page was taken in Belfort, France at a World Youth Chess Championship.

Whilst I play little chess 'over the board', I actively play on the Internet Chess Club (ICC). Click here to see the live statistics for my ICC account. The statistics are reasonably self-explanatory; the 'need' section (not particularly important) is the number of games needed in order to make the rating active. If the 'need' is 6 or above, then I probably haven't played that category for at least a month. I have not played 'standard' games for years. I devote my spare time to practicing and studying chess because I love the strategical deepness of the game.

A thankyou!

I would just like to thank my chess coach of many years FIDE Master Geoff Saw. He has worked with me since I was rated 1200. Also, a shout out to all the members of Dark Horse Chess Club, an influential Australian chess community. See the official Dark Horse Chess Club page for more information.

Past coaches

I would also like to make a mention of the various chess coaches that have helped me throughout the years. Having a chess coach is not essential and many strong players are self-taught, however, a decent coach can more readily recognise weaknesses (both technical and psychological) in a player's game and work with the player to improve those areas. Typically, a player starts off at group coaching sessions (which are generally better value for money for the beginner) before moving to individual coaching. (I'm going to regard a coach giving lessons to two people at once as "individual coaching" as well.)


Group coaching sessions

Dandenong Junior Chess Club - basic beginner-level chess lessons, run by Don Machell and Paul

Wayne Guy - in groups, we typically analysed games and then played chess against the other students at rapid time controls

Chess Kids - a chess coaching and supplies company well known throughout Victoria; I attend their group tutorial sessions many times; some of their coaches included Former Australian Junior Champion David Cordover, IA Gary Bekker and FM Scott Wastney


Individual coaching

IM Robert Jamieson - Jamieson was one of Australia's leading players for many years; despite retiring from competitive chess over a decade ago, he is still the 6th highest rated player in Australia according to international FIDE ratings; Jamieson coached me as part of the individual coaching service provided by Chess Kids; I can't remember exactly how long Jamieson coached me, it must have been anywhere between 4 months to a year

FM Geoff Saw - Geoff, coincidentally one of Jamieson's former students, started coaching me in August of 2003, when I was still rated 1258 AFC (and unrated in FIDE), and has been my coach ever since; although we stopped personal face-to-face training in early 2007, he still coordinates my activities on the Internet Chess Club; Geoff's coaching service is called the Dark Horse Chess Club


Once-off coaches

GM Ian Rogers - Rogers is Australia's first chess grandmaster and Australia's highest rated player from 1984 until his retirement from competitive chess in early 2007; he reached a peak FIDE rating of 2618 is January 1999; Rogers coached me at the 2007 World Youth Under 16 Olympiad; annoyingly, I did not play particularly well in that tournament; the rest of the team put in an excellent effort and we managed to come overall 6th

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About the host

This site is hosted by HostGator, one of the top 10 providers of webhosting in the world with over 2,200,000 hosted domains. I am currently on the "Baby" plan which allows unlimited bandwidth and disk space, plus the ability to host an unlimited number of websites (add-on/parked domains). Like all major web host providers, it has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. Other bonuses include a 45-day money back guarantee, unlimited subdomains, unlimited FTP accounts and the satisfaction that the hosting is powered by green sources. I used to use Yahoo GeoCities, but HostGator is much better value for money. I highly recommend it!

Suggestions

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For chess opening training and repertoire maintenance, I highly recommend the software that I personally use, Chess Openings Wizard. This software was approved by Grandmaster Peter Svidler (FIDE rating 2730 as of January 2011) many years ago.

See Also

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Article originally written: Saturday, October 9, 2010

Article edited (slightly): Saturday, March 17, 2012