What is the best way to improve

BurgerKing2018

I feel like I'm so bad, I only win by accident. I feel like I cant improve and only go down. Anyone can beat me if they just pay a little bit more attention than me. Please can anyone help me? Is there some way to improve? Anytime I try and practice I get beat, by the lowest of things.

Nibka

I recommend to make a lichess account and do puzzles there if you aren't a member on chess.com. Review your games and look for your mistakes and try to correct them. Maybe read a book on openings to have a solid repertoire, I recommend "The Powerful Catalan" - by Victor Bologan. Or any other book that can help you get used to a certain opening. 

Nibka

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ytkf3qZTj74&list=PLT1F2nOxLHOcmi_qi1BbY6axf5xLFEcit&index=1 

also recommend this instructional series. Naroditsky is a great teacher.

BurgerKing2018
Nibka wrote:

I recommend to make a lichess account and do puzzles there if you aren't a member on chess.com. Review your games and look for your mistakes and try to correct them. Maybe read a book on openings to have a solid repertoire, I recommend "The Powerful Catalan" - by Victor Bologan. Or any other book that can help you get used to a certain opening. 

Thanks, I will try to watch my matches although I might not know what to do.

EtherealBus

Its been two days since I bought premium membership from the chess.com app, but I am STILL a basic member which means I get multiple stupid ads asking me to become premium when I already PAID the premium membership through my phone (payment CONFIRMED by apple and bank). I cannot have any decent analysis for anything, any feature or anything whatsoever, knowing that I PAID for this services. I wrote to chess.com support two days ago as well and I still have no answer.

Bgabor91

Dear BurgerKing2018,

I am a certified, full-time chess coach, so I hope I can help you. happy.png Everybody is different, so that's why there isn't only one general way to learn. First of all, you have to discover your biggest weaknesses in the game and start working on them. The most effective way for that is analysing your own games. Of course, if you are a beginner, you can't do it efficiently because you don't know too much about the game yet. There is a built-in engine on chess.com which can show you if a move is good or bad but the only problem that it can't explain you the plans, ideas behind the moves, so you won't know why is it so good or bad.

You can learn from books or Youtube channels as well, and maybe you can find a lot of useful information there but these sources are mostly general things and not personalized at all. That's why you need a good coach sooner or later if you really want to be better at chess. A good coach can help you with identifying your biggest weaknesses and explain everything, so you can leave your mistakes behind you. Of course, you won't apply everything immediately, this is a learning process (like learning languages), but if you are persistent and enthusiastic, you will achieve your goals. happy.png

In my opinion, chess has 4 main territories (openings, strategies, tactics/combinations and endgames). If you want to improve efficiently, you should improve all of these skills almost at the same time. That's what my training program is based on. My students really like it because the lessons are not boring (because we talk about more than one areas within one lesson) and they feel the improvement on the longer run. Of course, there are always ups and downs but this is completely normal in everyone's career. happy.png

I hope this is helpful for you. happy.png Good luck for your chess games! happy.png

Magnus_Chase19

before going to chess, first improve your concentration

concentration and focus will help u spot critical moves and traps

after doing this follow what the above post said

 

BurgerKing2018
Bgabor91 wrote:

Dear BurgerKing2018,

I am a certified, full-time chess coach, so I hope I can help you.  Everybody is different, so that's why there isn't only one general way to learn. First of all, you have to discover your biggest weaknesses in the game and start working on them. The most effective way for that is analysing your own games. Of course, if you are a beginner, you can't do it efficiently because you don't know too much about the game yet. There is a built-in engine on chess.com which can show you if a move is good or bad but the only problem that it can't explain you the plans, ideas behind the moves, so you won't know why is it so good or bad.

You can learn from books or Youtube channels as well, and maybe you can find a lot of useful information there but these sources are mostly general things and not personalized at all. That's why you need a good coach sooner or later if you really want to be better at chess. A good coach can help you with identifying your biggest weaknesses and explain everything, so you can leave your mistakes behind you. Of course, you won't apply everything immediately, this is a learning process (like learning languages), but if you are persistent and enthusiastic, you will achieve your goals. 

In my opinion, chess has 4 main territories (openings, strategies, tactics/combinations and endgames). If you want to improve efficiently, you should improve all of these skills almost at the same time. That's what my training program is based on. My students really like it because the lessons are not boring (because we talk about more than one areas within one lesson) and they feel the improvement on the longer run. Of course, there are always ups and downs but this is completely normal in everyone's career. 

I hope this is helpful for you.  Good luck for your chess games! 

I appreciate this long comment. I have thought about going to a chess club and hiring a chess coach. After I get to a basic level of all 4 concepts I will hire a coach, thank you for the suggestion.

Bgabor91

You're welcome. happy.png If you feel ready for a coach and you want to work with me, write me anytime in private. happy.png Good luck!

nklristic

Here are some tips that might help you out:

https://www.chess.com/blog/nklristic/the-beginners-tale-first-steps-to-chess-improvement

Good luck. happy.png

ShaanThebest

Experience

anikolay

solve tactics and stuff

they helped me a lot

also play puzzle rush from time to time

ShaanThebest
BurgerKing2018 wrote:

I feel like I'm so bad, I only win by accident. I feel like I cant improve and only go down. Anyone can beat me if they just pay a little bit more attention than me. Please can anyone help me? Is there some way to improve? Anytime I try and practice I get beat, by the lowest of things.

If you ever give up, you may feel bad and lose thousands of matches, But, You shouldn't

ShaanThebest

Try early queen moves