How to Get Better at Chess

The Chessfox Study Plan.

Roadmap/resource to improving/ study plan

Will reveal why your progress may not be satisfactory and what you can do about it.

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

Resource Overview

Why You’re Not Improving

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

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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:

  1. Gain / Learn From Practical Experience
  2. Train the Right Skills
  3. Study Important Chess Theory

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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:

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.

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. In the 7-skills training model I’ll show which skills you should focus on and how to train them.

Study 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

Chess Principles

READ: Important Chess Theory Every Chess Player Should Know

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

The “7-Skills” Training Model

Bringing it all together in one solution.

The “7-Skills” Chess Training model is a structured study plan with a strong focus on the skills that will have the biggest impact on your results. Acquiring these skills will also give you the confidence and knowledge you need to consistently find good moves in your games.

The well-known saying goes: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” In chess, this idiom relates to the fact that while you may enjoy watching chess videos or even to memorize a few opening variations…

The real question is: Do you have the skills to find good moves in positions you’ve never seen before?

The “7-Skills” Training Model. Which skill should you train next?

If you want to improve your chess you must train the right skills and a random approach to your studies will not give you consistent results. It is better to work towards your goals by working on the skills that will get you there.

To this end, the 7-Skills Training Model will show you where to focus your attention so that you can maximize the effect of your efforts.

The 7 Fundamental Chess Skills

On this website I will present effective ways to train these skills.

Tactics

You don’t want to miss tactical opportunities in your games. That is why you should train your mind to recognize tactical patterns quickly. Tactical Awareness

Calculation

To avoid mistakes and save time on the clock you must improve the speed and accuracy of your calculations.

Calculation Method (& Concentration)

Visualization

It’s hard to foresee the outcome of a move because you’re not allowed to move the pieces around while thinking. But, you can train to visualize it in your mind!

Openings

It’s unpleasant to be on the back foot from the start of the game. Learn to play the opening well and work on developing your personal opening repertoire.

Evaluation

If you don’t know how to evaluate a position then you will also struggle to find, or assess, candidate moves that serve an appropriate strategy.

Endgames

It is important to study endgame theory because all your hard work in the middlegame can be undone if you misplay the endgame.

Endgame Technique.

Strategy

There aren’t always conclusive tactics in a position. That is why you must learn how to improve your position with the right strategy.

Strategic Planning Method. Position Evaluation. Objectivity.

Free Courses

I offer 3 free, high quality, chess courses on this website:

High-Quality Chess Training Materials

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  • Tactical Patterns Bundle Deal | more info…
  • Calculation Methods Bundle | more info…
  • Opening Repertoire Bundle | more info…
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