Getting better at chess takes dedication and discipline in order to keep winning in games. Everyone always ask themselves on how to get better at chess, even Grandmasters! Hence, if you are a beginner and feel like you are not good enough, my simple answer is don’t give up! Everyone has to start somewhere.
Imagine this, you constantly play chess all the time and yet, you do not improve. You repetitively make the same mistakes, and have no idea on how your rating will improve. Here we have some useful tips and online tools and resources to train yourself properly and increase your rating exponentially.
Now, how do you actually get better at chess? What most people would do to improve their game is to study the basics, play more games, analyse the games played and train where your weakness is.
Step 1 : Study
Very often, we don’t pay attention to the little details and keep playing with no proper understanding of the game. To get better, you need to study, understand & revise the basic principles, common openings, tactical ideas and endgame strategies.
You will be finding loads of resources online. But here at ChessTrends, we simplify everything for your and get the necessary resources for your to improve your gameplay.
Step 2 : Play Chess!
The second step is what everyone enjoys the most, that is playing a lot of chess! Yes, that’s right, even when you lose, just keep playing. Don’t give up! Also, do not forget to analyse the game when you lost. You will learn a lot from just learning from your own mistake. Playing online on sites like Chess.com because it keeps your game records automatically and you will not need to do a whole lot of work trying to retrieve your previous games.
So what’s next? It’s important to know that you can’t keep playing in hopes to improve your game some day. It is very important to analyse your games. You need to identify the areas where you usually have problems. This is where most players struggle. Some players use chess engines to evaluate every move & some even try to study their own mistakes on their own.
Step 3: Analyse
But how do we analyse our own game like some players? All I can say that it isn’t easy. Not everyone is good at analysing games and most people don’t even enjoy it. Well it’s painful to see yourself make that blunder, isn’t it? A place to get started is Chess.com game analysis after you have completed your game.
Step 4: Specific Training
Now you’ve sorted out the part on analysing your games. Finally, you need to use the results of your analysis to train yourself. See where this is going? Once you’ve identified your problem areas, you will need to work specifically on those weaknesses and practice accordingly. For instance, if your analysis suggests you’re not able to find attacking ideas or you are not able to find a checkmate combination, you might need to study mating patterns and solve tactical puzzles.
Now all you need to do is execute these steps and start training. If you feel comfortable with playing with a friend or family member to analyse your mistakes, feel free to go ahead!
Now remember, winning a game doesn’t mean you did not make any mistakes. It is also wise to analyse games that you’ve won to also understand what your opponent did wrong.
These steps on how to get better at chess came from YouTube (ChessTalks).
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