When they read a book advocating intense tactical training like Rapid Chess Improvement by Michael De La Maza, they shove everything else to the side and start the grueling tactics training.
Almost mid-way through the tactical training, however, the news that Jeremy Silman’s How To Re-Asses Your Chess 4th Edition has been released and read all of the excellent reviews about the book. Forgetting the commitment they have made to study tactics intensely, they grab the book and start to devour the chess wisdom from IM Silman.
There are times when in the absence of the right kind of guidance our talents wither. Since they don’t know how to properly irrigate and fertilize this plant of talent, this get withered away. Remember that like any other discipline, chess also needs your unwaivering devotion. The young boys normally don’t know how to utilize their free time, especially those who have the potentials. Follow the guidelines given ahead and become a good chess player.
The often given advice to play against stronger players has two distinct drawbacks. Firstly, it is discouraging if you invariably lose. Secondly, it is painful boring for the opponent if the different in skill is great. The strong player would be too polite to tell you this, but will find some excuse to stop playing. To fore stat this, ask the opponent to give you a handicap (give you odds in the chess parlance) e.g. to remove a Knight, a Rook, a Rook plus Knight, or even the Queen. Once the right odds found, both players can have exciting game. When removing a Knight or a Rook as a handicap, convention decrees that it shall be the one on the Queen’s wing.
Another kind of handicap is possible with the use of chess clocks. The expert can play with a very short time limit, his opponents at a much greater one. If the difference in skill is not too wide, this sort of handicap is better, as there is no alteration of the starting position. If the difference in skill is very great, it is a good idea to use both systems.
There are times when we are free or bored and don’t understand what to do to pass the time. Chess comes to our rescue. We just need an opponent who will play with us and then we enjoy playing the game. But what if there is no one around to play a game of chess with you; or the people around you doesn’t have free time and are too busy doing their chores? What will you do then? Who will then play chess with you? Your computer! Yes, you read it right. Your computer will play chess with you. But how can my computer play chess with me? It’s simple. Just get yourself a chess software, install it in your computer and you are ready to play chess with your computer.
Focus, focus, focus! I’m sure you saw that coming. We have heard that time in time again, BUT have you really taken the time to focus on one aspect of chess until you really are proficient at it?
when you have decided to read a book or a course that is useful for your chess improvement, make a note…NOT just a mental one BUT a written note that you will read that book from cover to cover and understand it DEEP enough to apply the ideas in your games before you pick another book.
Any good chess book will contribute something to help you improve in chess. It’s your job to make sure you absorb it. 10 half-read chess books are NOT better than a chess book read and understood to the fullest.
The young learners are advice not to rely heavily on chess problems to acquire mastery in this game. These problems are as removed from as crossword puzzles are from literature. Surely, they bone one’s power of visualization of the moves. Play as many actual games as possible and solve chess problem to keep your mind alert in the chess-sense. Remember in chess the object of the game is to defeat the opponent, the means by which this end is achieve or the time is takes, being unimportant. In problems, however, the opponent represents by time. Mate must be effect with in the stipulated number of moves. Since the position given in the problems is frequently quizotic, most of the seasoned chess players dismiss then as situation unworthy of consideration.