Yes You CAN!! Create Plans Like a Master in 5 Steps!

The 7 major imbalances can be found at the following link

They are: 1) Material 2) Bishops v. Knights 3) Space + Center Control 4) Development + Piece Activity + King Safety 5) Pawn Structure 6) Initiative 7) Control of key files and weak squares

5 steps to planning:

  1. List all imbalances for both sides that exist or can be created. (An imbalance is any major/notable difference between White and Black positions.
  2. What side of the board should I be playing on? Unless the center is closed it should always somewhat involve the center however we should only look to play in the area of the chessboard where we either possess a favorable imbalance (advantage) or can create one. It is a common mistake even at the master level to play in the wrong area of the board.
  3. Create a dream position. A dream position is exactly what it sounds like. It can either be all-inclusive or it can be something simple like making a dream position for your Knight and making a plan to get it there. You will first imagine your perfect setup and then you will tweak it based on what is possible based on the nuances of the position. Once you have a good dream position you believe is achievable… A good dream position should include a threat once achieved that cannot be defended against well or at all.
  4. Can my opponent defend, prevent, or counterattack stronger than my plan/dream position? A good plan should not be preventable unless it causes weakness or serious repercussions to the opponent. If our dream position can’t be stopped and the opponent doesn’t have a better counterattack…
  5. We list all moves in our head that lead to our dream position (candidate moves) and we begin to calculate them in order of which one currently looks best. Based on the calculation, evaluation, and proper time management we make move-in a well-time-controlled fashion.

Remember to state ideas or moves that could be made to use current advantages or fix current problems (e.g. if you say that Black has a troubled Rook on a8 you should present a possible solution to that problem if one exists and if it doesn’t you should also state that) Remember also to look for ways to create and trade current imbalances for new ones or better ones.

International Chess Master Jeremy Silman created his 5 step method of planning outlined in his best-selling book How to Reassess your Chess 4th Edition. In this episode, National Master and head coach of Summit School of Chess, Jesse Cohen will take you through the most comprehensive example of how to use and apply this technique.

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The 5 Steps of Planning: 1) List the Imbalances 2) Determine What Side to Play On. 3) Make a DREAM Position. 4) Consider the opponent’s counterplay. 5) Calculate and Evaluate. Notice how the final step is to calculate. This is very often most people’s FIRST step. It’s our job as future master planners to constantly break down the position into its essential elements and let the chess board tell us what to do instead of the other way around. Take great notes on this. You won’t find this level of instruction for FREE anywhere else online.

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To become a chess master, you need to know three things: how to play chess, when to play it and why.

Do you have a chess book collection?

Do you have a chess book collection? If not, it’s time to start one. A good library of chess books will help you improve your understanding of chess and learn new openings, tactics and endgames.

Chess is full of great books on every aspect of the game that can help both beginners and seasoned players alike. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to building up a strong library full of useful information!

Chess is all about preparation.

In this section, we’ll discuss the first few steps that you should take to prepare for your upcoming game.

  • Prepare for your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. This is the most obvious one, but it’s also one of the most important things to keep in mind when preparing for a match or tournament. Your goal is to figure out what strategies work best against your opponent’s style, which means analyzing their prior games and learning about their preferred openings, strategies, etc.. This will help you put together an effective plan when deciding how to respond if/when they make a certain move or play a particular opening sequence!
  • Prepare yourself with an appropriate opening strategy that takes advantage of both your strengths and weaknesses as well as those of your opponents’ style/preferred openings (see above). The goal here is not necessarily winning with white pieces every single time; instead it’s making sure that whatever color piece plays first gives its owner enough opportunities for success while limiting those same opportunities for failure–or at least providing enough compensation if such failures do occur!

You need to understand WHY a move is played.

The first thing you need to do is understand WHY a move is played. You have to get into the mind of your opponent and understand the consequences of a move, what benefits it brings and what drawbacks there might be from playing that particular move.

The second thing you need to understand is: What are the alternatives? If you don’t know what other moves there are or if you don’t know why they wouldn’t work, then how can you really know that this one does? If your opponent’s last move was bad then it doesn’t matter how good your next one may look because in all likelihood it won’t win either! However if he has just played something great but didn’t continue with any pressure on my King then perhaps his other pieces aren’t doing anything useful at all!

Understand why every single piece on the board is there so that when it comes off its square (or gets taken) by an opposing pawn or piece later down the line, then so long as I’ve done my homework properly beforehand then we can assess whether this was necessary in order for them to achieve their goals during those opening stages.”

There are some common endgames that are likely to come up in your games.

There are some common endgames that are likely to come up in your games. These basic endings include:

  • King and pawn versus king (also known as “king and pawns”)
  • Two minor pieces against a rook (also known as “rook ending”)
  • Three minor pieces against a rook (also known as “bishop ending with opposite colors”)

The Middlegame is where things get interesting…

The middlegame is where things get interesting. You need to have a good opening in order to attack or defend against your opponent’s position, but you also need to be able to use tactics and strategy in order to win the game. The best players are able to develop their openings, endgames and theory into more concrete weapons that can be used during the middlegame. In order for this development process to occur with ease, it is necessary for players at all levels of skill level (beginners included) to read board positions as accurately as possible before making any moves.

Planning means something different at every stage of the game.

Planning is about thinking ahead. When you are playing chess, you will find yourself in different positions at different times during the game. And each position requires its own kind of planning.

So what do I mean by this? Well, let’s start with a simple example: if your opponent has just moved their bishop to E4 and you are about to move your queen from D2 to D1 (see image below), then your first thought might be: “I have no way of stopping my opponent from taking my pawn on e6!”

In this case, it would be very helpful for you if you could plan out exactly what happens next—if they capture your pawn or not—and whether there’s anything else they can do along the way. When we think about it like this, we see that there are two questions that need answering: 1) “What would happen if they capture my pawn?” 2) “How can I stop them?”

Learn from past Masters!

If you’re serious about chess, it’s important to study the games of past masters. Studying these games can help give you insight into their thinking and how they play.

It even helps to study the games of grandmasters, international masters, and national masters for that matter!

This will help give you a broader perspective on how to play chess better than just studying master level players alone (even if there are many great players out there).

Persistence in chess training will help you improve.

The core lesson in chess training is persistence.

If you are committed to improving at chess, you must learn not to be discouraged by a loss or frustrated by a mistake. This takes time and practice, but it is essential if you want to grow as a player. When we lose, we must accept that failure is part of the process and move on quickly with no hard feelings towards our opponent or ourselves. And when we make mistakes during our games, we shouldn’t dwell on those errors for too long—they’re just part of learning how the game works!


In chess, as in life, there is always something new to learn. If you want to become a master of the game and

National Master Podcast Interview by ‘The Brand Called You’

I was recently interviewed on the podcast ‘The Brand Called You’

Business genius and mass influencer, Ashutosh Garg, covered some of the following questions I hope you will find useful:

1) How do you prepare yourself before a big match both physically and mentally?

2) What goes into making a champion, and what goes into training a champion?

3) What are my three biggest success secrets, both on and off the board?

Here is the description of the video. The link to the video is found at the bottom of the post.

S3 E532 Jesse Cohen, National Master Chess Champion, USA 00:00– Introduction 00:34– About Jesse Cohen 00:44– What made you select chess as a sport? 01:49– How did you start playing chess? 02:27– Journey to become the National Master Chess Champion 04:13– How does this classification work? 05:37– How do you prepare yourself before a big match both physically and mentally? 07:18– What have you done that is right to have kept you at the top for such a long period? 09:13– What goes into making a champion, and what goes into training a champion? 15:03– What will it take to expand the love of chess n a much larger portion of the world? 18:26– What do movies like Queen’s Gambit do for the game of chess? 20:45– Three lessons Anyone who has played a chess game has felt the drive to win. The experience of sitting across the board from a fierce opponent as your clock ticks down and the game becomes more complex is as tense an experience as there is. Here is an episode with National Master Chess Champion, Jesse Cohen who talks all about chess. About Jesse Cohen – Jesse is a National Master Chess Champion in the USA. – He has won several top awards around the world. – He formed Summit School of Chess in 2012. – He teaches over 100 students weekly throughout the Greater Denver and the Front Range areas.

Psychology and Controlling Stress & Emotions in Chess


The importance of Psychology in Chess and one’s ability to control their emotions cannot be understated enough.

What is Psychology in Chess?

  • Psychology is the study of human and animal minds, with a focus on their functions and behavior.
  • It has been said that psychology can be used in chess to help you play better.
  • This statement is true, but it’s important to clarify that psychology isn’t the same as psychology in chess.

Psychology literally means “study of the mind” and is usually applied when talking about how people think, feel and behave (in other words: how they interact).

In contrast, “psychology” refers specifically to that branch of science which studies those things; i.e., it’s what we call “the scientific study of human beings.”

Distraction and Concentration

In order to become a better chess player, you must be able to focus on the game. The importance of concentration cannot be overstated, as it is directly related to your ability to see and respond correctly to events on the board. To help you maintain your focus, try the following:

  • Avoid distractions by turning off cell phones and other devices that may distract you during a game.
  • Avoid getting distracted by other people who may be commenting on or watching your games. This includes not only friends and family members but also opponents themselves! Use headphones if necessary so they don’t hear what’s going on in your head while playing chess—this will help keep them from being able to use any information they might get from hearing about how well (or poorly) things are going with regards to certain aspects of play within individual games for those involved in each side currently taking place around them.”


How do you deal with boredom?

How can you avoid boredom?

What are some of the ways to avoid distractions and keep your focus on the game?

How can you prevent losing concentration or losing your temper, cool, composure etc. during a chess game.

Nerves in Chess

Nerves can be a very real distraction in chess, and it is important not to let them control your game. When facing an opponent who is playing better than you are, nerves can cause you to start playing too fast and make mistakes as a result. The best way to deal with this issue is by calming yourself down and concentrating on the board. If you allow nerves to get the better of you, then it will be hard for your mind to focus on thinking about what move is best at that moment instead of focusing on how nervous or excited they feel.

Keep calm even when things are going wrong! If one thing goes wrong in your game, there’s no need to panic: keep calm and try harder next time! If two things go wrong… well maybe just try harder at three things next time!

Learn how to manage your emotions and avoid emotional chess.

Learning how to manage your emotions and avoid emotional chess is a vitally important skill for any chess player. Emotional chess is when you allow your feelings to affect your decision-making process during a game, often resulting in making moves that are not optimal or even logical. This can happen because of a number of reasons:

  • You may become frustrated with what’s happening in the game and make rash decisions out of anger or frustration
  • You may be upset by something that happened earlier in the day, causing your emotions to get out of whack as you play
  • You may have been told off by someone earlier that day and it’s still bothering you when it comes time to sit down at the board


In conclusion, it is essential that chess players mentally prepare themselves for battle by taking proactive steps to calm their nerves, focus their minds, and become emotionless objective players. Remember, emotions have no place in a game of chess!

This post was written by an Artificial Intelligence

Just for fun, I wanted to try out the website InferKit – a website designed to generate text after being given keywords. The user begins to type about whatever they wish and then click Generate. From here the A.I. uses knowledge from the internet (?) to come up with mostly coherent text.

To test this out I started by typing the first sentence. The rest is completely generated. Let me know in the comments what you think!

“What does it take to become a chess master?

The first thing you need to know is that chess is a game of strategy. It’s not about how fast you can move your pieces. It’s about how you position your pieces to create a winning position.

The second thing you need to know is that chess is a game of patience. You can’t rush your opponent. You have to wait for your opponent to make a mistake.

The third thing you need to know is that chess is a game of memory. You have to remember all the moves your opponent has made. You have to remember how he moved his pieces. You have to remember how he played his chess moves.

The fourth thing you need to know is that chess is a game of strategy. You have to know how to use your strategy to win.”

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Chess Master Training – How to Make Your Opponent Blunder

The 1st world champion Wilhelm Steinitz commands us, “If you have the superior position, you must attack!” He also commands us to search for the weak point in our opponent’s position and to strike.

However, against a formidable opponent – they WILL NOT just give you weaknesses to play against… YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO PROBE THEM!!! 🤣🤣🤣

A weak square for White is located on the 3rd and 4th ranks, for Black on the 5th and 6th ranks. When one of these squares can no longer be defended by that side’s pawns any longer – it becomes weak. It means powerful pieces will have to “babysit” these small undefended points instead of being the fierce attackers they’d like to be! Knowing how to recognize and target weak squares is extremely important when looking to defeat other chess players, especially masters!

Want to learn how to induce your opponents into weakening themselves so you have great targets to attack? This is the video for you!

SOLVED – Jeremy Silman Simplified – How to Plan in Chess

Jeremy Silman is an International Master, bestselling chess author, and some I quote often during my lessons. Silman often lays out a system of planning easy to digest for most. The keyword is MOST. My mission is to break these ideas down with a more modern approach. I hope you enjoy it. If you do, please go pick up one of Jeremy’s books and put in the good word for me, will ya?!