Chess Tutoring and Training with NIP
Chess training method devised and promoted by the chess tutor Jonathan Whitcomb
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
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.
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