What tool do you feel is the most helpful in your chess improvement?

What tool do you feel is the most helpful in your chess improvement?

  • Playing chess, the more the better
  • Reading books
  • One on one coaching
  • Analyzing master games
  • Computer/software
  • Something not mentioned (name in comments)

Created on February 8, 2011 | 5762 Votes | 63 Comments


  • 20 months ago


    I ussually do 2 books and analyse.Smile

  • 2 years ago


    tactics trainer

  • 3 years ago


    Chess mentor

  • 3 years ago


    Playing more games and coaching too!! You can't turn down good advice from a good chess player! 

  • 4 years ago


    Chess Videos

  • 4 years ago


    Everything at chess.com

  • 4 years ago


    Analyzing games...., but note really master games

  • 5 years ago


    I've learned a lot from free online chess educational websites. Instructors often write articles that can be useful in eradicating you mistakes.

  • 5 years ago


    trial and err, definitely.

  • 5 years ago


    Practice makes perfect,but no one is perfect.

  • 5 years ago


    i think having a chess coach, which of course should be at least 2100. should help you improve your play and having played games preferably at long time controls, which would be used to analyze your mistakes.

  • 5 years ago


    I think that I learn more from computers than books and even more by playing the game.

  • 6 years ago


    playing games and reading books

  • 6 years ago


    Like many other competitive games, losing and knowing why you lost and not making the same mistake again in the future is the best way to get better. Although looking at other sources is not a bad idea either, you learn stuff like en passant or why you should not promote to queen in certain situations.

  • 6 years ago


    The "best" way is definitely playing the game yourself, the "fastest" way is coaching, and the "easiest" way is computer assistance.

  • 6 years ago


    Chess.com in general. (Really.)

  • 6 years ago


    I don't care what anyone says, no amount of studying or self-analyzing will help me if I'm making 1-3 move blunders. Until I can play and practice tactics until I quit making stupid mistakes every game, all of the knowledge in the world can't help me.

  • 6 years ago


    i agree with cdir, when i practice tactics my chess improves the most. Granted, I'm in the 1400s, so most of my games are decided by a huge tactical error(s) on the part of me or my opponent. I find that I can win many games by just focusing on playing defense and NOT LOSING, which isn't taught in chess books and computers; they always teach you, be agressive, find the BEST move, etc....but often when i do that I open myself up and get too thin. play your opponent, not the board.

  • 6 years ago


    Tactics, tactics, tactics.  Not really covered in the options, but the most important method for improvement for anybody under 2000.

  • 6 years ago


    For me it is a combination of playing as much as possible and watching games with analysis.

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