Chess Tutoring and Training with NIP

Nearly-Identical Positions
                          Chess training method devised and promoted by the chess tutor Jonathan Whitcomb
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Why use the NIP method of chess training? By using nearly

idential positions for different tactics and themes, students

learn to look at a chess position more like a grandmaster

would. Critically details are then noticed, rather than a few

general strategic similarities.

Tactics and calculations must come first, if you want to win

games. Imbalances and positional factors can be taught later.

Using the N.I.P. method requires constructing appropriate chess positions or using ones from a publication like Beat That Kid in Chess (a book for the early-beginner).

In the above position, what can white do with the move, and on the

other hand, what can black do?

Avoid artificial puzzles like “white to move and mate in two” or even the

more general “white to move and win.” For the early beginner, it can

help to give multiple-choice answers to a chess puzzle, but in general

help the student look at a position as if it were a real game in progress.

Position #1

Position #2

Compare these two chess positions, first with white to move and then

with black. Notice how a slight alteration in the placement of a white

knight and a black knight can greatly alter what is possible. That is the

essence of NIP: nearly-identical positions that have been created to test

the chess player to think tactically. See what is unique in each position.

Copyright 2015 Jonathan Whitcomb