Do you want to improve your chess but not sure how to go about it? I can help you break through those barriers keeping you back.
In my 20+ years experience as a chess coach, I’ve learnt what helps you improve – and what doesn’t help. I want to show you the best way to train your chess so that you don’t waste too many hours without making the progress you deserve.
Most of my experience has been with talented junior players. In order to keep them motivated, I had to be creative in helping them make consistent progress.
From these experiences I’ve learnt a lot of useful things and I’m packing a lot of it into a free chess course I’ve named “The 10-Day Chess Challenge”. This free course is has it foundation in years of research and experience – which is why I know that in the coming year you will make good progress as a result of taking this challenge seriously.
– Louis Holtzhausen, The 10-Day Chess Challenge
Chess is fun. But winning is more fun than losing! The problem is that beating a strong opponent isn’t easy. To beat stronger players you need to train some skills. This is where I can help you. I will show you which skills to train and how to do it.
You can’t beat strong opponent’s without the required skills. As legendary Bobby Fischer once said: “My opponents make good moves too, sometimes I forget this.”
Allow me to share with you some chess tips and secrets on how you can improve your chess and win more! Here is where it all starts:
You need to know what to train and how to train it.
With all I offer on this site, you now have the opportunity to improve your chess and let your chess potential shine (and achieve it much sooner than you might have expected). So how can you improve your chess? It isn’t rocket science. Most of it is quite obvious, but there are some things that aren’t… And it makes a big difference if you know what to do.
The most important things to improve your chess is to:
- Play slow games often (and analyze them afterwards with the help of a stronger player),
- Practice the right skills by training with high quality exercises
You need to play often (if you are serious about making progress). You also shouldn’t play too many fast games because it hurts your thinking process and teaches your mind to think shallow. More on that later though.
For the moment I want you to focus on the 2nd point – high-quality exercises.
The internet is strewn with training advice and chess tips ranging from terrible to great. The problem is – some of the terrible advice actually sounds great. But doesn’t give you the results you hoped for.
For example, most people do random tactical exercises without being clear on what they are trying to achieve. This doesn’t help you much and you won’t see much progress in your results. I have been there too. I’ve experienced how frustrating it can be if you were looking for something to help you improve your chess but you just ended up paying for something that you never really used. Or it simply wasn’t as helpful as you thought it would be.
How I discovered the training secrets to improve your chess
I bought chess books, DVD’s, CD’s, software, programs, all the latest chess engines, Rybka, Houdini – I have them all. I enrolled in on-line chess courses and purchased everything that seemed to be good – I even completed them faithfully as the instructions said. And some of the materials weren’t bad.
However… I was often disappointed by either the low quality of the material or by the fact that the software was pretty hard to use. After many disappointments I started to create training materials for myself and for the students I coach. I made sure that I solved the problems that I saw with almost all other available materials.
One of the most amazing things I’ve discovered is that the internet is saturated with chess advice (some good, some not so good, some terrible), but there is a desperate lack of high quality and user-friendly training exercises available.
How can it help you if you know what to do but don’t have the exercises to do it with? Pretty useless yes. I advise you to take advantage from all the years and efforts that I have already put into this dilemma. I’ve made some really helpful discoveries. One of them is:
In chess it doesn’t really matter how much details you know!
Sounds weird? Read on and you will understand my point. Sure, you need to understand the principles of chess but too much knowledge, special “rules of thumb” and thinking algorithms will only confuse you. In the middle of a game when the heat is on you will probably forget most of what you have read in any case.
What you really need is skills. A skill is something you can do almost without thinking.
To explain, I will use an example that many of us can relate to. Do you remember the first time you tried to ride a bicycle? Probably you had to concentrate hard not to fall. Riding a bicycle wasn’t a skill until you mastered it. Years later you can still ride a bicycle without even thinking how to do it.
Knowledge can be forgotten, but skills are permanent.
Focus on training skills, not knowledge! It’s all about what you train and how you train To train a skill you need to practice and practice. But if you practice wrong, you will only get good at doing it wrong! I am here to show you what to do, how to do it and provide you with top quality chess tips and exercises you need to do it.
I am sharing with you my chess tips and insights that I discovered in my journey seeking and creating effective training exercises. I highly recommend you take “The 10-Day Chess Challenge” to put your progress on the fast track!