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The Three Things That Have Improved My Chess

1. Practising tactics – I cannot stress enough the importance of tactics at the sub 1800 level. If your time is limited, tactics training would be the one thing that would give you the greatest return on investment. 2. Playing and reviewing my games – This allows you to learn from your mistakes, and to…

Simple Chess Training

Making it Difficult After several years of working on my chess improvement and from talking to both amateurs and masters it appears that adult amateurs tend to complicate their chess improvement by reading books and tackling concepts that are far too advanced for their level. So, here is my attempt to simplify my chess training…

Overcoming Chess Training Plateaus

Plateaus and You The brain needs time to assimilate and integrate new information as knowledge and to resolve conflicts with previously learned concepts and plateaus equate to slower progress while we assimilate new ideas. Not until we internalize these new ideas as knowledge are we able to move on to the next phase in our…

Anatomy of a Chess Player : Chess Ratings From Beginner to Expert

How A Chess Player Improves from a 1000 Beginner Rating to a 2000 Expert Rating Below are the knowledge and skills a beginning chess player must acquire to improve their chess rating to improve from a chess beginner to an expert level chess player. The idea is to show the estimated chess rating, the required knowledge…

Kotov's Method for Chess Improvement

The Road to Chess Improvement Ruke Vin Hansen in his amazing article Mind Games: Who is Doing the Playing? comes to the conclusion that the best way to improve chess skill is not through reading chess books or watching DVDs. He argues that reading more books only helps fill your short term memory whereas quality…

The Step Method in Chess

The Step Method in Chess is a chess improvement system that takes a player from beginner to a expert level. About the Steps Method in Chess The step-by-step method (or the Steps Method in Chess) has been developed by Rob Brunia and Cor van Wijgerden to teach children a Step-by-Step Chess Method to learn how to…

Recommended Chess Books by Rating

recommended chess books by rating

Best Chess Books by Rating Chess Rating: 1200-1400 1) Chess Tactics for Students by John Bain 2) Logical Chess Move by Move by Irving Chernev 3) Back to Basics: Tactics (ChessCafe Back to Basics Chess) by Dan Heisman 4) Winning Chess Tactics, revised (Winning Chess – Everyman Chess) by Seirawan 5) Silman’s Complete Endgame Course…