At the first week you get a lot of material ( several hours of video ) about all different chess aspects like: how many serious games to play each year, where to do tactic training ...
Learning method : Watch Videos of GM Nigel Davies about Strategy and Endgames, do a analysis of a position and watch a Video with GM Nigel Davies analysing the position. Additional advice to do Tactic Training at other websites or with other software and further trainings advices.
It seems to me, that GM Nigel Davies is mainly thinking of an adult clubplayer as student. As a fide elo 1900 player the material was not new to me.
EDIT: I insert a comment of Laurent S here:
Laurent S said...
You didn't mention another feature of Nigel Davies "full package", which I find very interesting. This is called 'member clinics'. You can submit OTB games to Nigel Davies, who picks 5-6 of them every month (among all members submissions) and comments them in 5-10' videos. The comments are with an emphasis on positional and practical play, rather than detailed computer lines. I find it very interesting to quickly identify typical mistakes in your play if you can't afford regular coaching.
Improvement Method : Common ;) Play many (slow) OTB games, do a lot of tactic puzzles, learn strategy and endgames / endgamestrategy ...
Related material : At least the first lessons i saw where to a high extend taken from GM Nigel Davies books, especially "The Power Chess Program" ( and "The Chess Player's Battle Manual" ). In combination with a good book about endgames this might be a good and much cheaper replacement. ( Information by Video is always muuch more expensive than the same amont of information by paper )
The English of the videos is simply wonderful, its fun to listen Davies talking, the explanations are to the point and easy to understand even for a "weak" clubplayer ( i think ).
The first Month of the school is for only 4.95 British Pounds ( less than 8? US-Dollar) really worthies to be tested. But if you want to continue you need to see by yourself... i did stop soon, but weaker player with less chessbooks at home, may benefit a lot.
About Tactic puzzles: You should do a lot of them and you should try to get as good as possible in tactics. Buut.. older player tend to reach a "sealing" where they have problems to get better anymore. Then they should switch to other things like pawnstructures.
Overly exaggerated :
- GM Igor Smirnov ( Remote Chess Academy ) says: "play like Tal (attack, initiative, activity) "
- GM Nigel Davies ( Tiger Chess ) says: "play like Philidor / Kmoch ( Pawnstructures ) "
- GM Andrei Istratescu ( International Chess School ) says : "play like Steinitz"
More school-reviews to come :
- Web based Chess Improvement Schools , Part 1 : chess.com with Chess Mentor
- Web based Chess Improvement Schools , Part 2 : Chess Academy
- Web based Chess Improvement Schools , Part 3 : Remote Chess Academy
- Web based Chess Improvement Schools , Part 4 : International Chess School
- Web based Chess Improvement Schools , Part 5 : Tiger Chess of GM Nigel Davies