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All chess players, regardless of their playing strength, face various types of challenges when it comes to finding the right approach to improve their chess skills and it could be not that simple at all to search for concrete answers to the questions “how to improve your chess skills further?” “what is the next step to focus on?” “How to identify my weaknesses?” and the fundamental reasons of stucking on a certain level in chess or showing no signs of progress for a long period (one tournament after another) always varies from one player to another.
However, Tips4chess is here to share with you “4 fundamental tips” if you are really ambitious and willing to take your chess skills and knowledge up to the next level.
Here is the list of tips we’ve gathered for you… Enjoy!
Analyse your chess games
Analyzing your own games is the first rule for improvement as all chess players regardsless of the result of their games has to re-evaluate the past decisions and choices made during the previous stages of their chess games in order to be able to identify the strengths & weaknesses of themselves and also to gain insight of what elements needs to be improved to get them into the next level.
Identify your weaknesses and strengths on a continuous basis
Identifying your weaknesses and your strengths in the chess game can become an extremely hard task unless you implement the right strategy and methodology to
explore them. This process is quite identical to the improvement approaches used in engineering and business therefore we chess players can make benefit of using SWOT analysis to identify not only the threats but also to create new opportunities for reaching our personal goals as a chess player.
For example; your strengths could be tactics, ability to calculate well in complex positions and your weaknesses could be weak understanding and wrong assessment of positional games. With the given assets, the possible threat is to pick the wrong opening lines where your opponent might force you to play some balanced positions where you will have difficulties in creating complexities or tactical opportunities on the chess board. On the other hand, having strong tactical skills and the ability to calculate deeper may give us the opportunity to win some sharp battles if we can understand and focus on the dynamics of structures we are playing. This requires a deep analysis of opening ideas but also equal important to understand the mobility of the pieces and in what type of positions those pieces are most powerful or least valuable.
In other words, SWOT analysis plays an important role not only to create new opportunities but also on a continuous basis it will help you to improve your chess skills and to produce the best out of the resources we have as a chess player. This requires both analyzing your theoretical knowledge of the game but also requires to analyze your personal qualities such as psychological assessment and how we handle chess positions and situations that occur during the match or tournaments.
Read Chess Books
Reading chess books is a continuous process not only to learn new approaches and improve skills in chess but also to keep you updated on topical chess openings and variations etc. Reading books is also gaining more importance as in the computer era new generations finding reading books boring and less practical training method, however, it is way more instructive way than just looking move by move to chess positions. Especially when we refer to high quality chess books with clear instructions and clarifications put by authors when explaining positions, moves and ideas.
As one of the key tips4chess, we would recommend you to never underestimate the value of a well written chess book and how much it would contribute to your chess understanding regardless of your chess strength and level.
There is always room for improvement! 😉
We also recommend you to see our previous article ”How to find the most suitable chess books for yourself?”
Collaborate with your colleagues & chess friends
Information exchange is one of the most crucial parts as chess might look like a game for isolated individuals, the idea sharing is vital for every chess players to encounter different ideas and opinions to have a better understanding of chess but also to challenge your findings and having the opportunity to compare your knowledge and ideas with other players experiences which can become an important resource in analyzing and evaluating certain decisions on the chess board. Train with your friends as every player has devoted time into specific chess positions, openings and structures which may expand your chess vision and will definitely contribute to your understanding of the game of chess through constructive discussions and analysis. Many chess players fail to handle analysis in a contructive way, instead they may fall into the trap of making one-sided (subjective) analysis where players will always fail to improve and learn new things. Objectivity or at least trying to approach objectively to different chess moves, ideas and plans by other players is vital for improving your chess skills!
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