Today I will share with you the 15 facts about getting better at chess. These are fairly simple ideas that for some reason missed by chess players of all levels.
If you understand these facts, your understanding of the game in general, training, losing games will change.
1. The knowledge does not guarantee that you will start winning more games. The most important is to be able to apply that knowledge in real games.
2. In order to play better chess, you must always have a plan and be able to stick to it.
3. You should not wait for the opportunities to arise (i.e. opponent’s mistakes); it’s much more effective to force them yourself over the board (via tactics and strategy).
4. There are many unpredictable situations that can arise over the board, but most of the games are decided by how you will react to those situations.
5. In chess, you cannot always wait for the perfect time to play the move, sometimes you need to take a risk to win the game.
6. While you study chess the same way you’ve been always studying, you will get the results you’ve been always getting.
7. Don’t be afraid to try new things such as playing new opening lines. This is how you learn and progress at chess.
8. Dedication and hard work are the two most important factors for becoming a stronger chess player.
9. You should treat each lost game as a possibility to improve your chess.
10. Most great chess players experienced many failures on their way to became who they are today.
11. No one is born as a great chess player. Even the greatest talent without the hard work will not lead anywhere.
12. Every chess player has strong and weak sides. You should find yours and work on developing the strengths and eliminated the weaknesses.
13. In every chess position, you always have a choice. Since chess is so complex, there are often no absolute best continuations in most cases.
14. You will not be able to come up with a good plan until you come up with many bad ones. That’s how we learn.
15. You should not be afraid of blundering something; the additional stress won’t help in the game.
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