Mastery: Master Games

Think Like a Master

Think Like a Master

What do strong players think about during a chess game? Join IM Keaton Kiewra as he discusses his thought process in games against top players. Watch how top players learn from their own mistakes, patiently build up good positions and trust themselves, even in dangerous positions.

  • Be Patient

    IM Keaton Kiewra returns with a very important lesson topic: patience. Many chess players want to launch a quick attack, but true strength relies on timing and patience. Learn how to slowly improve your position with two of IM Kiewra’s own instructive games.

    • 21 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Improve Your Position

    We've all been there before. You think your position is slightly better, but how do you improve it enough to win? Continuing his series on how to think like a master, IM Keaton Kiewra shows you exactly how to make a plan that increases your advantage. Learn how to form a strategic idea and then execute it in this important lesson.

    • 18 min
    • 5 challenges
  • How To Trust Yourself In Chess

    If you’re going to succeed in chess, you’ve got to trust yourself. While you can study and learn from the best, all you have at the board is your own mind. IM Keaton Kiewra draws upon his own game to demonstrate that you should trust yourself, not your opponent, and how this trust can lead the way to victory.

    • 18 min
    • 5 challenges
  • Learn From Your Failures

    Failure in chess has a silver lining, says IM Keaton Kiewra. Missing an opportunity in chess may be distressing at the time, but it’s the best possible motivator for future improvement in your game. Join IM Kiewra as he draws upon his own missed chances to learn from them.

    • 17 min
    • 5 challenges
Lessons
What is Chess.com?