Recently I got notified about a new blogpost on my feed, “How to improve at chess” where a player gained 300 points in a year. Pretty impressive, this motivated me to do some more research and offer a write up on my own plan and take on how to improve at chess.
Chess is like mathematics. There are no shortcuts! Every chess player is looking for a secret recipe to help get good at chess. Well, the following activities have been recommended by great coaches and trainers as the most effective methods and should make up the core to improve your game.
SOLVE TACTICS DAILY
One major step you can take to improve your game is to solve tactics on a daily basis. Never spend the whole training session working on tactics. Instead, spending 20 minutes daily is totally sufficient.
Analyze all your losses
Of course, it’s painful to look at your losses, but we learn best from our mistakes. Analyzing your lost games will help you understand what really went wrong and this will help you avoid similar failures in future games.
Study grandmaster games
Analyzing strong players’ games will help you discover many valuable ideas. Put yourself in the players’ shoes and identify all possible threats. Finally, come up with a plan and compare your findings and analysis with what actually happened in the game.
Get a mentor
A chess mentor is a person you can tell about your difficulties, failures, successes and what works and what doesn’t. Your chess mentor doesn’t have to be a master or a grandmaster but should be more successful than you.
Play competitive chess
Practice makes perfect! To perform at your best, face to face competition is a must. Never assume that playing online is enough. This is because the skills you can gain from over the board games cannot be compared to playing online.
Don’t get frustrated by your failures. Instead, treat your failures as part of the training. It’s better to lose games now rather than losing an important game later.
Will dedicate myself, feeling motivated 🙂