BSc △ UC Santa Barbara
△ LAMP Engineer
General Theory: numerical piece & position valuation, significance of the center, exchanges, gambits, en passant, fianchettos, zwischenzug, timed matches, Elo ratings.
Opening: development, initiative, tempo, castling, knights before bishops.
Endgame: opposition, zugzwang, triangulation, stalemate patterns, checkmate patterns.
Attack Tactics: forks, pins, skewers, overloading, x-rays, trapping pieces, discovered attacks.
Pawn Theory: pawn chains, passed pawns, hanging pawns, backward pawns, isolated pawns, pawn islands, pawn majorities.
Bishop Theory: bad vs. good bishops, corralling knights.
Rook Theory: seeking open files, importance of the 7th rank, backing passed pawns.