One of the most fundamental questions that we receive is “What can I do to improve my chess?” Naturally, we should be asked this question often because it is everyone’s goal to get better. Fortunately there are a few tips that we can provide that will help you.
- Playing Often – This is absolutely the best way of improving. You are very engaged in the process of playing a chess game. A player finds out why some moves work well and others don’t. You are forced to solve problems as they present themselves in a game. Patterns when repeated will become recognizable to you. You will be able to learn to focus and concentrate as you are using a lot more mental energy.
- Analyzing Your Games – When you analyze your games (and especially with an experienced coach) you discover so much about your chess. Here you can verify as to whether or not the moves you played and ideas that you had were correct. And, when you discover your mistakes and understand why it is a mistake, then you learn to avoid these mistakes in the future. I know many players who play tons of games; however, they fail to analyze their games and thus, they are short-changing their gains of knowledge and improvement.
- Training – After playing games and analyzing them, training is also an important part of the chess improvement process. Training can happen in many ways as there are different types, such as tactics training, endgame training, calculation training, studying game collections etc. By training, we hope to examine different aspects of our chess knowledge and improve upon what we already know.
I hope these tips prove to be useful for you. I have seen many young players with good chess ability that stagnate because they are not willing to put in the effort and dedication to improving themselves. Remember, that capacity for hard work is a talent in it’s own right. Please check our blog often for more chess tips and useful information. www.AmericanOnlineChess.com