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The 7-Skills Chess Training Model
In the 7 Skills Chess Training Model I will show you the important chess skills you need to train. I will also share suggestions on how to train these skills!
The first step to improve your tactics skill is to make an in-depth study of tactical motifs and checkmate patterns. A consistent approach to studying tactics is key. It will be more beneficial to solve 3-5 puzzles every day than to binge occasionally.
Your ability to find a suitable plan in the position relies heavily on your evaluation skill. Working to improve your evaluation skill will also help you find candidate moves that serve the need of the position at hand.
Train your mind to calculate all the “forced variations” in the position, in other words all the checks, threats and captures. The 5-step calculation process presented in the free 10-day chess challenge is a great way to get you started on this.
Don’t rely on memorization only. Aim to understand the typical development ideas in the opening of your choice by going over master-level games where the particular opening was played. Improve your personal repertoire over time.
Your visualization skill will naturally improve over time if you are disciplined in your tactics and calculation training. I highly recommend that you further boost your visualization skill by training with the Visualwize program, available on the website.
Study essential theoretical positions and important endgame ideas. For example, the “principle of two weaknesses” is important endgame idea that will serve you well in many endgame situations.
Study and work on your understanding of the 5 most important positional elements. Again, the 10-day chess challenge (day 2) will get you started toward improving your evaluation skill.
The Analytical Thinking Process
Imagine how much your chess would improve if you had a reliable thinking system that could help you find good moves consistently!
Chess is all about finding good moves as often as possible and avoiding mistakes at the same time. To that end, The Analytical Thinking Process for Chess Players is based on the premise that a good move is a move that makes progress towards your objectives and/or prevents your opponent from achieving the same.
The Analytical Thinking Process for Chess Players will introduce you to highly efficient and effective thinking methods that helps you achieve your objectives by means of 3 important processes:
- Planning (Strategy)
Evaluation is the process whereby you compare the progress you’ve made towards your objectives to the progress your opponent has made in the same. The evaluation process will also help you understand the need of the position and help you find plausible candidate moves.
Planning is the process whereby you identify a relevant strategy based on the needs of the position. An effective planning process relies on the evaluation method to gather important information about the position. At the same time you will rely on your calculation skill to verify whether your idea is tactically safe.
Calculation is the process whereby you foresee all the critical variations and tactics that exist in the current position, as well as variations that will be possible as a result of the candidate move/s you are considering.