What Makes Chess and Psychologists a Winning Combination?

by Dr. Eric Padol, Licensed Psychologist at 
On-Site Psychological Services

Dr. Eric Padol is an articulate and reliable health-care professional with nine years of experience meeting clients’ needs through interpersonal contacts and thorough, well-researched written communications. He has a BA in Psychology from Binghamton University and a MS and Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. 
I can utilize my years of experience as a therapist, tournament chess player, and spiritual chess player to help people learn life lessons from the game of chess, and to enjoy the dance, win, lose or draw! 

Specific life lessons include:

n  Plan, work hard, and absolute miracles will happen!
n  Don’t force things – forcing can lead to a losing result, while simply letting the situation unfold can create opportunities.
n  Don’t worry about results- Enjoy the process, get out of your comfort zone, and find you are stronger than you ever knew!
n  Love your opponent – he or she is a life teacher, not an adversary.
And much, much more!

I look forward to sharing with you, and receiving the gifts and lessons you have for me!
To learn more about Dr. Eric Padol, see https://www.linkedin.com/in/eric-padol-1221a826/

Premier Chess Classes at NYC Fun Zone, Oct 10- Dec 19

Premier Chess Classes at NYC Fun Zone

Where: NYC FunZone, 1571 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10028

When: Wednesdays from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Oct 10- Dec 19 (No class on 11/21)


  • It can raise your IQ by improving your critical thinking skills!
  • By developing the right side of your brain, you could increase your creativity!
  • As we learn opening, middle game and endgame strategies, your memory will be improved.
  • Benjamin Franklin once said “Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail.” Chess will help you think 
  • Prepare for local chess tournaments, City Championships, State Championships and National 
Championships (tournaments are not required but are encouraged)
  • Chess is also great way to meet new friends, both in school and out. Premier Chess CEO’s 
National Master Evan Rabin has played chess in 9 different countries and has connections literally around the world through the game

Cost: $400 for 10-week Session by 9/22, $450 by October 1, $500 after 

Learn More about NYC FunZone: See www.nycfunzone.com. 
Questions: Reach out to Evan Rabin, CEO of Premier Chess at erabin66@gmail.com or (917) 776- 1306 or Sarit Triger, Founder of NYC Fun Zone at nycfunzone@gmail.com or (347) Register Here!


Advice from Bobby Fischer’s Second Bill Lombardy- Go Over Full Games!

by Premier Chess CEO National Master Evan Rabin 

How many times have you caught yourself at a tournament bookstore or in your home searching online looking for that latest opening book to learn about some tricky side lines?

Chances are you one of the 95% of class players that spend an exorbitant amount of time learning the opening. If not, you likely spend too much time practicing tactics or endgames and not enough about positional understanding. To quickly become a well-rounded chess player, one should listen to the advice the late Grandmaster Bill Lombardy taught me- “Go over whole games!”
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A Young Bill Lombardy and Bobby Fischer 

Bill was Bobby Fischer’s second. Before that, he was a prodigy, winning 12-0 in the World Junior Championship. As portrayed in Pawn Sacrifice, Bill left the chess world to become a priest. After his priesthood years, he turned to his roots and taught chess in New York City. While I never the privilege of formally studying with him, we became friends over the years, spending time at the Marshall Chess Club, Washington Square Park, Union Square Park The Chess Forum the Washington Square Diner and other places.

One late night or early morning, depending how you want to put it, around 2:00 AM Bill gave me one of the most influential pointers I ever received at the Chess Forum: “Find a grandmaster that matches your style and go over all of his games; that way you could learn a lot of about the opening, middlegame and endgame all at once.”

I went home and immediately started brainstorming about who that special player could be. I looked at my bookshelf and saw British Grandmaster’s Michael (Mickey) Adams’ autobiography. My father Keith bought it for me several years prior but I never spent time to actually read it. After taking a quick glance at the games, I realized Mickey had a similar style to myself, often playing 1.e4, preventing counter-play and initiating an attack on around move 18-20.
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Mickey Adams
Ever since then, I’ve been following Mickey’s games closely to develop opening ideas, attacking motifs, endgame transitions and more. This way I’ve been able to not just understand opening lines, but also the ways in which they lead to middlegames and endgames.
One thing to note, is your influential player should be a grandmaster but does not necessarily have to be a World Champion or Super Grandmaster Recently I recommended a student pick GM Varuzhian Akobian as she is also a d4 and French player.

Here’s one game of Adams that I went over recently; my notes are in red:

 [Event “2nd London Chess Classic”]

[Site “London ENG”]
[Date “2010.12.08”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Adams, Michael”]
[Black “Howell, David W L”]
[Result “1-0”]
[Black Elo “2611”]
[ECO “C67”]
[Event Date “2010.12.06”]
[Event Rounds “7”]
[Source “Mark Crowther”]
[White Elo “2723”]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 The Ruy Lopez is one opening I began to play inspired by Mickey.Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 Be7 6.Qe2 Nd6 7.Bxc6 Mickey gave up the bishop pair but Howell has development issues and less space. bxc6 8.dxe5 Nb7 9.c4 A helpful prophylactic  O-O 10.Nc3 f6 11.Re1 fxe5 12.Qxe5 Bf6 13.Qg3 Nc5 14.Bg5 Nd3 15.Re3 Nxb2 16.Rae1 Bxg5?( 16… Ba6, Ne4, Bxg5, Nexg5, Qf6 += 17.Nxg5 Qf6 18.Rf3 Qd8 19.Nce4 Ba6 20.Nxh7 Launching an attack right in that Move 18-20 range!  Rxf3 21.gxf3 Kxh7 22.Ng5+ Kg8 23.Qh4 Bxc4 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.Re5 Be6 26.Qh8+ Ke7 and now Mate- in 2…27.Qxg7+ Kd6 28.Ne4# 1-0
In many of Mickey’s game’s as in the one above, he will appear to have only a slightly better position and then all of a sudden find a tactical blow.
I am sad Bill unfortunately passed away last year but I am happy to carry on his legacy and share his teachings to Premier Chess students and others through articles like this. Now, go ahead and find a player that matches your style and go over all of his games!