Chessfox.com offers effective and significant improvement of your chess playing strength because the training focuses specifically on exercising your core skills in a targeted results-orientated program.
There is something special in those words “… the training focuses on specifically exercising core skills in a targeted results-orientated program”. That makes it very different from run of the mill chess training courses. It’s not about loads and loads of random puzzles and endless exercises aimlessly striking into mid-air. And it’s not about long, boring discussions that are only relevant to a position you may never see again. Rather, it’s a systematic approach that focuses on identifying and improving core skills and the logical thinking processes required to bring them together. That is what will make you a formidable chess playing machine. Is that not the space you want to be in?!
It is simple and it works – guaranteed.
Current chess “training” practices
First we need to have a general chat about chess training today. Then we’ll talk in more detail about this website and what it offers.
When you walk past a coffee table and your eye catches a tempting a chess puzzle “white to play and win in three” or “black to play and win a queen” are you keen to give it a go? And the more often you do it, is it going to improve your chess? Well, of course it is fun, so don’t stop doing those puzzles and don’t stop those casual games against friend and family either. But don’t count it as part of your training towards becoming an improved and strong player!
Chess books can give you great amounts of knowledge but doesn’t teach you how to think. The result is that you increase your knowledge but once you start playing, you don’t know how to apply it. Similarly, chess videos can be very instructive and entertaining, but the ease of watching them encourages passive learning. Passive learning can be compared to watching people run a marathon – it may inspire you, but it won’t make you fit.
In all my training materials I avoid the pitfalls of passive learning. I aim to create materials and exercises that engage you and in doing so, encourage active learning.
The value of effective exercises
The best exercises to make a player skillful emulate the situations one faces in the real games. For example, most chess exercises give you a clue as to what you should achieve. But in real games there is no one to tell you that on the board there now happens to be a position of “white to play and win in three”.
So, how do you know when to be on the lookout for those opportunities? Obviously there is some benefit to be gained in doing those puzzles. But the real benefit comes when you have acquired skills that will help you to recognize such opportunities without a tip-off that it is in fact there – you just need to find it!
Interestingly, instead of a puzzle that claims “white to play and win in three”, why don’t we ever see puzzles stating: “black to play and avoid losing”? You need to recognize those threats as well! Winning is the goal, but stopping your opponent from winning is the other side of the same coin.
The Chessfox.com System
Let’s get straight to the point: to be a good chess player requires specific skills and knowing how to use them. To become a better player requires better skills – actually, it really goes without saying, of course!
But knowing what those skills are only takes you halfway there – knowing how to acquire those skills, and acquiring them, that is what is going to do it for you!
What this website offers is to provide a systematic training program to master the 7 fundamental skills and the all important process of “logical thinking” to bring it all together.
So what are the skills you need? What is it that you need to train and how do you train?
Not a single player was born a grand master, but each grand master got there acquiring similar skills. Some faster than others. But the combination and sequence of skills are remarkably the same. For example, all grand masters have acquired a skill of visualizing many moves ahead, which is one of the 7 skills you will learn.
So what is your next move?
I highly recommend you take the 10-Day challenge presented on this website.