A goal is the end-result of what we want to achieve. In chess, the goal is, of course, to checkmate the opponent’s king. But objectives are smaller, more manageable actions that work together to help you reach that goal.
Going into battle without a carefully planned strategy is a recipe for disaster. If you want to overpower a strong enemy you must know how you will approach the battle. This means you must know what your objectives are and understand how they will help you achieve your goal.
Whenever you reach a moment where you feel that you don’t know what to do next – that is a clear indication that you should’ve be thinking about your objectives.
Every move you make must be guided by your objectives. Moves that are based on vague idea isn’t good enough – you should be clear on what you are trying to achieve. If you don’t keep your objectives in mind you will waste a lot of time thinking about moves that don’t serve a clear purpose.
The course will help you to not only know what the main objectives are, but to develop a deep understanding of them. You will become a much stronger player when you consistently make purposeful moves.
The key to achieving your objectives in chess
On top of understanding your objectives (which we will study in coming lessons), the key to achieving them lies in applying the right skills.
A skill is more than just knowing what to do or how to do it. You develop a skill when you have routinely practiced to perform a particular action or task accurately and with confidence.
Most chess books, dvd’s etc focus on knowledge – which hardly helps to improve your skills since you never really practice to apply it. You won’t get fit by watching people run a a marathon! To get fit you must get up and do the necessary exercises yourself. Similarly, a skill is something you can do really well since you did the right exercises!
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