Chess Improvement for Beginners
Time and cost can sometimes make it impossible for an enthusiastic student of chess to hire a chess coach. I have, through trial and error, began devising a training curriculum to be used by me and others. This plan is in no way meant to take the place of a competent chess coach, but hopefully it will aid those who are unable to hire one.
In the next series of posts I will describe how the curriculum has come to be as well as my experience in using the plan. In creating this chess improvement plan, I have researched book and online content focusing on chess improvement and education. I have also made it as generic as possible so that it may be used not just by me but by others including children. I have much to learn both about chess and learning about chess, but the exercise of writing about it will not only assist me in mastering both of these elements, but will allow me to share my experiences with others so that they might benefit as well.
My personal goal is to reach the expert level within 5 years, specifically to go from an estimated 1400 ELO to UCF 2000 a 750 point increase. I believe that a 150 pt ELO increase per year is a realistic expectation.
I have been playing â€˜semi-seriouslyâ€™ for approximately two years, and while I have not competed in any USCF tournaments, my aggregate online chess rating is approximately 1400. While I know this is not comparable to a true USCF ELO rating, it will have to serve as the benchmark during the initial stages.
I’m really looking forward to these posts, and I would love to here your feedback.