How to get better at chess

Master49er

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Krumov001
49ersboi wrote:

How do you get better at chess

Depends of your level and previous training. There are good GM who ask themselves how to improve..

PikachuTDM

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Drawgood
The first step is don’t try to find out some kind of secret explanation how to do it just by asking in the forum.

Then search the forum for old threads about it. Look at them.
kindaspongey

"... for those that want to be as good as they can be, they'll have to work hard.
Play opponents who are better than you … Learn basic endgames. Create a simple opening repertoire (understanding the moves are far more important than memorizing them). Study tactics. And pick up tons of patterns. That’s the drumbeat of success. ..." - IM Jeremy Silman (December 27, 2018)
https://www.chess.com/article/view/little-things-that-help-your-game
https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-start-out-in-chess

https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-play-chess

https://www.chess.com/blog/michechess89/8-tips-to-increase-your-online-rating

https://www.chess.com/news/view/rapid-chess-improvement
https://www.chess.com/news/view/a-new-years-resolution-improve-your-chess-with-new-lessons

https://www.chess.com/article/view/mastery-chess-lessons-are-here
"... In order to maximize the benefits of [theory and practice], these two should be approached in a balanced manner. ... Play as many slow games (60 5 or preferably slower) as possible, ... The other side of improvement is theory. ... This can be reading books, taking lessons, watching videos, doing problems on software, etc. ..." - NM Dan Heisman (2002)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627084053/https://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman19.pdf
"... If it’s instruction, you look for an author that addresses players at your level (buying something that’s too advanced won’t help you at all). This means that a classic book that is revered by many people might not be useful for you. ..." - IM Jeremy Silman (2015)
https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-best-chess-books-ever
Here are some reading possibilities that I often mention:
Simple Attacking Plans by Fred Wilson (2012)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090402/https://www.chesscafe.com/text/review874.pdf
https://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Simple-Attacking-Plans-77p3731.htm
Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev (1957)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708104437/https://www.chesscafe.com/text/logichess.pdf
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev (1965)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/most-instructive-games-of-chess-ever-played/
Winning Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld (1948)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708093415/https://www.chesscafe.com/text/review919.pdf
Back to Basics: Tactics by Dan Heisman (2007)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708233537/https://www.chesscafe.com/text/review585.pdf
https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-back-to-basics-tactics
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5856bd64ff7c50433c3803db/t/5895fc0ca5790af7895297e4/1486224396755/btbtactics2excerpt.pdf
Discovering Chess Openings by GM John Emms (2006)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627114655/https://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen91.pdf
Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro (2014)
https://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/2014/05/review-of-pete-tamburros-openings-for.html
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/openings-for-amateurs/

https://www.chess.com/blog/ForwardChess/book-of-the-week-openings-for-amateurs
https://www.mongoosepress.com/catalog/excerpts/openings_amateurs.pdf
Chess Endgames for Kids by Karsten Müller (2015)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/chess-endgames-for-kids/
https://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/Chess_Endgames_for_Kids.pdf
A Guide to Chess Improvement by Dan Heisman (2010)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708105628/https://www.chesscafe.com/text/review781.pdf
Studying Chess Made Easy by Andrew Soltis (2009)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090448/https://www.chesscafe.com/text/review750.pdf
Seirawan stuff:
https://seagaard.dk/review/eng/bo_beginner/ev_winning_chess.asp?KATID=BO&ID=BO-Beginner

https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090229/https://www.chesscafe.com/text/review492.pdf
https://www.nystar.com/tamarkin/review1.htm
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627132508/https://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen173.pdf

https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-winning-chess-openings

https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-winning-chess-endings
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708092617/https://www.chesscafe.com/text/review560.pdf

kindaspongey

"... Sure, fast games are fine for practicing openings (not the most important part of the game for most players) and possibly developing decent board vision and tactical 'shots', but the kind of thinking it takes to plan, evaluate, play long endgames, and find deep combinations is just not possible in quick chess. … for serious improvement ... consistently play many slow games to practice good thinking habits. ..." - NM Dan Heisman (2002)

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627052239/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman16.pdf

Aizen89

Question: why don't you have a membership?  Is it an issue of affordability?  If so, how old are you?  Even if you're like 12 or 13, surely you could mow a couple of lawns around the neighborhood.  The Gold plan is only $29 per year if paid annually and it lets you do 25 puzzles per day.  For $49, you get unlimited puzzles.  Also, puzzles help, but I got up to around 2000 USCF doing almost no puzzles.  I went to my local club (most cities will have something like that) and got my butt handed to me by tons of strong players.  Game after game after game.  For 4 years.  That accounted for 90% of my chess experience.  That and doing the same thing online, which you can do here for free.

soumyakothari21

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGoEb9mWIMsMmsNpvbyZkWE4jGOcJ3UNN 

Please watch Paul Morphy Playlist

Master49er

@Aizen89 yeah I should work alittle

Master49er

I am only 11 years old

Master49er

The only real thing I can do is coaching my brother and I only get $from coaching2

Master49er

$2

Dr_Strange_69
If you Want we could play some games and talk about the moves
Plato-Potato
49ersboi wrote:

How do you get better at chess

this is one of the eternal mysteries of chess.

the obvious answers such as “get a coach, immerse yourself in deep study of all aspects of the game” never quite hit the nail on the head.

RussBell

stuff for improving your chess.....check it out...

https://www.chess.com/blog/RussBell

 

ch210

Yes, I am logged in Lichess too

soumyakothari21

PLEASE WATCH MY PAUL MORPHY PLAYLIST-

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=LLDjgxTKDZeka05WjLRB1Vbg

Master49er

I’m sorry parental controls doesn’t allow me to watch YouTube sry man

PikachuTDM

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Master49er

I know no YouTube is so annoying