How to Get Better at Chess

Chess is a game of skill and understanding. Therefore, if you want to improve your game, these are the two areas you should work on.

This lesson describes the essential components of an effective chess training regimen. Where applicable, additional training resources can be found in the links throughout the page.

Lesson Overview

Why You’re Not Improving

First of all

most likely reason is an imbalance, rest of the page will show what and how

imbalance image

The 3 Pillars of Chess Improvement

If you want to get better at chess, the key is to find a good balance between the 3 important areas that you need to work on:

How to Get Better at Chess
  1. Learn Important Chess Theory
  2. Train the Right Skills
  3. Gain Practical Experience

The beauty of this approach is that it gives you a logical training path that builds upon itself systematically and you can adapt it to your specific situation. Here’s the details:

Learn Important Chess Theory

Ranging from the learning the moves and rules to advanced concepts. “Easy to learn, hard to master.” Even masters find they need to continually improve their game in order to keep their advantage over other players.

  • Chess Principles
  • Objectives
  • Theoretical Positions
  • (Tactical) Patterns

READ: Important Chess Theory Every Chess Player Should Know

Chess Principles

Train the Right Skills

what is a skill and why you need skills in the heat of battle

There are a number of skills sets that you should train. I’ll list them all below and then explain the details below.

  • Visualization
  • Tactical Awareness
  • Calculation Method (& Concentration)
  • Opening Repertoire
  • Endgame Technique
  • Strategic Planning Method
  • Position Evaluation
  • Objectivity

READ: 7 Skills Every Chess Player Should Train

Gain Practical Experience

  • Play the Game
  • Review Your Games
  • Analyze Your Mistakes
  • Observe Master Games
  • Keep Motivation… how?

playing is already a form of training/practice

Review Your Games

Why? How? Also – Holds the key to understanding how to prioritize your training.

Observe Master Games

Books / Annotated Games? / Databases / live tournaments

don’t overthink it – simply observe

Key is to achieve balance, else..? Important to discover which aspect you need to work on. Role of temporary imbalance. If you can find a happy balance between these 3 activities you will be well on your way to get better at chess.

Periodically self-assess your strength and weaknesses.

This structured approach to training is a process that will give you consistent results.

The Chessfox Approach to Improve Your Chess

approach overview (about/why); structured yet flexible enough to adapt to your specific needs; why structured? more fun and effective training

High-Quality Chess Training Materials

why high quality (enjoy, time) overview and link/s SHOP