How to become a chess master?

jNewGames

Im thinkin its all about positional play, like identifying the open ranks and files, controlling the centre, peice development? Maybe there are other aspects to becoming a chess master though. What else does it take to reach maybe FIDE 2200

RedGirlZ

what does it take? for someone like you or me 8 hours of studying chess for at least 5 years, before u'd have the chess capabilities to reach fide 2200, as you'll be in like the top 99 percentile. 

 

Application of positional play, tactics, piece development etc would be things you study and learn as part of your 8 hour studying daily.

jNewGames
RedGirlZ wrote:

what does it take? for someone like you or me 8 hours of studying chess for at least 5 years, before u'd have the chess capabilities to reach fide 2200, as you'll be in like the top 99 percentile. 

 

Application of positional play, tactics, piece development etc would be things you study and learn as part of your 8 hour studying daily.

shall we make a daily chess study schedule? what say? together we can make it to international master. 

RedGirlZ

i'm not trying to improve at the game tho. I just enjoy playing from time to time. 

 

however if u want to make a daily chess study schedule for urself that would be a great idea. 

jNewGames

yeah i am tbh. i spent 7 years doing no serious chess work. but i think i have the potential to make it big, plus the hard work. after all im no GM kajarkin who won the GM title at age 12. oh well. ill let you know how I progress. cheers. 

RedGirlZ

Sure sounds good. If u work hard u can achieve whatever it is ur aiming for. 

A good schedule will help alot with ur progress. 

kindaspongey

Possibly of interest:
"... the NM title is an honor that only one percent of USCF members attain. ..." - IM John Donaldson (2015)
http://www.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Reaching-the-Top-77p3905.htm
What It Takes to Become a Chess Master by Andrew Soltis
"... going from good at tactics to great at tactics ... doesn't translate into much greater strength. ... You need a relatively good memory to reach average strength. But a much better memory isn't going to make you a master. ... there's a powerful law of diminishing returns in chess calculation, ... Your rating may have been steadily rising when suddenly it stops. ... One explanation for the wall is that most players got to where they are by learning how to not lose. ... Mastering chess ... requires a new set of skills and traits. ... Many of these attributes are kinds of know-how, such as understanding when to change the pawn structure or what a positionally won game looks like and how to deal with it. Some are habits, like always looking for targets. Others are refined senses, like recognizing a critical middlegame moment or feeling when time is on your side and when it isn't. ..." - GM Andrew Soltis (2012)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708093409/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review857.pdf
100 Chess Master Trade Secrets by Andrew Soltis
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708094523/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review916.pdf
Reaching the Top?! by Peter Kurzdorfer
"... On the one hand, your play needs to be purposeful much of the time; the ability to navigate through many different types of positions needs to be yours; your ability to calculate variations and find candidate moves needs to be present in at least an embryonic stage. On the other hand, it will be heart-warming and perhaps inspiring to realize that you do not need to give up blunders or misconceptions or a poor memory or sloppy calculating habits; that you do not need to know all the latest opening variations, or even know what they are called. You do not have to memorize hundreds of endgame positions or instantly recognize the proper procedure in a variety of pawn structures.
[To play at a master level consistently] is not an easy task, to be sure ..., but it is a possible one. ..." - NM Peter Kurzdorfer (2015)
http://www.thechessmind.net/blog/2015/11/16/book-notice-kurzdorfers-reaching-the-top.html
http://www.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Reaching-the-Top-77p3905.htm
"Yes, you can easily become a master. All you need to do is some serious, focused work on your play.
That 'chess is 99% tactics and blah-blah' thing is crap. Chess is several things (opening, endgame, middlegame strategy, positional play, tactics, psychology, time management...) which should be treated properly as a whole. getting just one element of lay and working exclusively on it is of very doubtful value, and at worst it may well turn out being a waste of time." - IM pfren (August 21, 2017)
"Every now and then someone advances the idea that one may gain success in chess by using shortcuts. 'Chess is 99% tactics' - proclaims one expert, suggesting that strategic understanding is overrated; 'Improvement in chess is all about opening knowledge' - declares another. A third self-appointed authority asserts that a thorough knowledge of endings is the key to becoming a master; while his expert-friend is puzzled by the mere thought that a player can achieve anything at all without championing pawn structures.
To me, such statements seem futile. You can't hope to gain mastery of any subject by specializing in only parts of it. ..." - FM Amatzia Avni (2008)

https://www.chess.com/blog/EOGuel/so-whats-been-up-with-me

"... Though being a chess pro might sound romantic (it certainly did to me when I was young), the romance quickly melts away when you realize that you’re broke, starving, and living in a hovel. Iif you live in America, then you can forgot about health insurance … way, way too expensive. Other than the top 10 or 20 grandmasters, most of the rest will never make a lot of money. As a result, grandmasters usually have to teach chess and write chess books. It wasn’t what they wanted to do when they started out, but when reality hits you in the face, you have to bow to it.

Of course, being a grandmaster and teaching students and writing books isn’t that bad. But you would make far more money and have much more security if you went to university and got a great career. And don’t forget that very few people ever become international masters and grandmasters. Keep in mind that there are 600 million to 800 million chess players in the world and only 1522 grandmasters.

It's not all bad news!

Mr. BeekeeperBob, let’s discuss this in a positive light. I’ve known many very low-rated chess teachers who are absolutely excellent. Teaching is a skill, and even if you’re rated 1500, you might be just what the doctor ordered for children or beginners of any age. …"

https://www.chess.com/article/view/can-anyone-be-an-im-or-gm
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/kids-fight-stereotypes-using-chess-in-rural-mississippi/
http://brooklyncastle.com/
https://www.chess.com/article/view/don-t-worry-about-your-rating
https://www.chess.com/article/view/am-i-too-old-for-chess
https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-can-older-players-improve

Loganrithm

Play a lot of chess.

michealbee

I've been struggling at around 1700 on blitz on this site.  I thought I was about 1950 USCF, but maybe not. When I analyze games, I see that about two thirds of the moves I make are the "best" moves.  A master is in the top 1/2 of one percent of all players.  That's really rare. It's 5000 out of  a million players.  I'm just in the top 6% of all players here.  I think that's pretty good for an amateur who doesn't really study.  I just play blitz, but practically speaking it's a long way off.  A 300 point difference in rating means one player should just about never win, and I'm 500 points from being a master.  I'm over 60 now.  I doubt I'll ever become that strong a player.  I'll probably never even become an expert.  My older brain doesn't absorb knowledge too easily any more.  My point is that becoming a master is really hard.  I think that most people could never do it no matter how hard they studied.  I doubt I could do it, and I'm not that far off -- numerically speaking.  Basically, you've got to have "the stuff" to make it happen, and then you have to work really hard.  You probably need a good teacher, too, who can design a custom course of study just for you, and you have to be young enough and strong enough.  In any case, good luck to you.  If it's what you really want, I hope you can make it.   

michealbee

BTW. I think that at my level, I already understand the game very well.  I don't think there's too much more general knowledge of the game that can help me.  At my level, my problems are not knowing openings completely enough.  There's a lot of necessary memorization, because other players at my level have memorized a lot.  Then there is the problem of seeing tactics.  Practicing puzzles can help but only so much.  Once one has learned certain ideas like traps, maneuvers, etc. one still has to recognize them in games.   That's not easy when the clock is ticking.   

SeniorPatzer
michealbee wrote:

I've been struggling at around 1700 on blitz on this site.  I thought I was about 1950 USCF, but maybe not. When I analyze games, I see that about two thirds of the moves I make are the "best" moves.  A master is in the top 1/2 of one percent of all players.  That's really rare. It's hundreds out of over a million players on this site.  I'm just in the top 6% of all players her.  I think that's pretty good for an amateur who doesn't really study.  I just play blitz, but practically speaking it's a long way off.  A 300 point difference in rating means one player should just about never win, and I'm 500 points from being a master.  I'm over 60 now.  I doubt I'll ever become that strong a player.  I'll probably never even become an expert.  My older brain doesn't absorb knowledge too easily any more.  My point is that becoming a master is really hard.  I think that most people could never do it no matter how hard they studied.  I doubt I could do it, and I'm not that far off -- numerically speaking.  Basically, you've got to have "the stuff" to make it happen, and then you have to work really hard.  You probably need a good teacher, too, who can design a custom course of study just for you, and you have to be young enough and strong enough.  In any case, good luck to you.  If it's what you really want, I hope you can make it.   

 

Enjoying the game is reward enough.  It's just that there is a lot of frustration too along the way.

michealbee

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RonaldJosephCote

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