The Path to Chess Mastery
Hello Chess Fans! Good Morning or Good Night or Good Evening or Good Afternoon (Depends where you are ) but please pay attention right now, because what I'm going to tell you today could have destroyed Magnus Carlsen's whole career or stopped Kasparov from winning the World Championship against Karpov! So, are you paying your full attention? If so, I might just as well tell you that what I am going to tell you has nothing to do with Carlsen or Kasparov, so you might just as well forget about it but don't forget, that it can change you completely (and positively ). So, what's all this talk about? Well, if you are a GM reading this (Though that could never ever happen as far as I know....), you might chose to stop here itself, because without knowing this, you'd never have become a GM. So going straight into the matter, I am going to be talking about chess improvement today.
The Knowledge of Chess is such a big ocean that even Magnus Carlsen might be knowing just a drop of it. (I might have to apologize to Carlsen on 2 conditions though, and they are 1. If he knows more than a drop of the Ocean and most importantly 2. If he's ever read this blog ) All you can do about this big ocean is that you can go on increasing your knowledge about it and most importantly apply it in your own own games. As far as I know, this is what most of the masters,coaches and trainers keep refering to as Improvement.
Improving at chess is very simple if you know what you're doing. Didn't the Soviet Players ever tell you that you had to eat carrots, run 10 miles and drink green tea everyday to improve at chess? Why would they, if that's not what you've got to do? (And if they did tell you,I'm sure you must be a great athlete by now )
If that's not what you've got to do, then what's this simple process I was talking about? Lets take a look:-
1.Analyze your own games
2.Know your mistakes and weaknesses
3.Study what you're weak at
4.Play a few rapid or blitz games and apply what you've learnt
5.Do not fear to apply the same in official OTBs
6.Analyze your games once again
Some of you might ask me what makes me think it's simple, but it was the process which I was talking about. As most of you might be grumbling and complaining, some of the steps are a bit complex and that is why I think they require a separate blog and 3 lines of brief explanation won't do. If this is all you have to do, then is this the end of the blog? I'm afraid the answer's no because there's still a little more I've got to tell you. Once you've finished the analysis of your games of a particular tournament, you have to make a study schedule which you have to follow till your next tournament. The way to prepare a study schedule is that you have to devote more time to the areas you're weak at and less time to the areas you're strong at. Also, never repeat your mistakes because that is the main aim of your analysis. It is recommended that you have a training partner to help you with your study. Click here to join the Chess Improvement Club and find a training partner.
Anyway, Goodbye and a Good Night or a Good Morning or a Good Afternoon or a Good Evening (Still depends where you are....). Leave your comments below and be sure not to tell Carlsen that I thought he only knew a drop of chess .