What is this blog about?This blog is a place where I can share my ideas about chess and chess improvement. The target audience is anyone who is working on improving their chess strength, and those who enjoy thoughtful discussion on a variety of chess topics.
Why Chess for Engineers?In my career I have found that Engineers tend to think differently than people from other professions. Engineers tend to apply more concrete reasoning and analysis, while relying less on intuition and gut feelings. Engineers naturally apply data driven decision making. Engineers are used to explaining difficult technical ideas with precision, and expect others to use similar care in explaining ideas.
It is my contention that this manner of thinking translates directly to chess instruction and improvement.
Topic of future posts
Articles (perhaps these might someday be compiled into books)
- Chess for Engineers
- How to Lose at Chess
- Playing Chess Backwards
- Book Reviews
- Opening Preparation and Analysis
- Game Analysis
I have a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Idaho and have worked as a Process Engineer in the semiconductor electronics industry for over 20 years. Currently I work for SolAero Technologies Corp. manufacturing solar cells used in satellites and other aerospace applications.
About the Author
My USCF rating is currently around 1900, which places me solidly in class A above the 90th percentile of tournament players. So while not a master, I believe I have the strength and experience to be able to give sound advice to improving players.