Chess Training – Page 6

Complete Your Main Chess Training Materials

The Pitfall of Incomplete Studies:

A common obstacle to chess improvement is the tendency to jump between different books and courses without completing any of them. This scattered approach often stems from a lack of organization and the allure of novelty. However, it ultimately hinders progress.

Prioritize Completion:

To achieve significant improvement, dedicate yourself to finishing your main training material. Allocate at least half of your total chess study time to this and establish a clear schedule. By maintaining focus and studying efficiently, you’ll find it manageable to complete your chosen chess books or courses.

The Grandmaster Package as a Case Study:

Our comprehensive Grandmaster Package offers a complete chess training program. Students who dedicate approximately 7 hours per week to working through the material can finish it within a year. Prioritizing the completion of such a course can yield remarkable results. Several of our students have achieved ratings of 2200 and above by primarily studying our course.

Chess Training with Annotated Games

An Engaging Training Method:

Reviewing annotated games offers a highly effective and enjoyable way to enhance your chess skills. It can be so captivating that it easily replaces less productive activities, such as online blitz games, while providing valuable learning experiences.

Kasparov’s Golden Rules:

To maximize the benefits of studying annotated games, follow Garry Kasparov’s advice: “Stick with chess pieces” and “solve everything at the chess board.” Engaging with a physical chessboard fosters deeper concentration and a more immersive learning experience.

Adjusting the Pace:

The speed at which you review a game depends on your objectives. For a relaxed and enjoyable experience, replay the game at a faster pace, absorbing the flow of the game and the annotator’s insights.

Intensive Training with Annotated Games:

For a more rigorous training session, treat the game as if it were your own. After the opening phase, after every move of the opponent, spend 1-3 minutes analyzing the position and determining the best move. Diagrams often indicate critical moments, so invest additional time in these positions. Compare your chosen move with the actual move played and the annotator’s comments to glean valuable lessons. Repeat this process for each subsequent move.