How to improve your chess?

Posted: 21/02/2011 by Scott in Club News

I often get asked how to improve your chess playing ability? Well, apart from the 10,000 hour rule (if you want to be an expert at anything, then you need to put in that many hours! – see Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers), then a structured practice and training regime is also useful (sorry, no short cuts here). Pattern recognition and learning can also help.

On the library page I have included a few useful sites (well, I have found them useful) for tactical instruction and puzzles. So 10 chess tactic challenges a day may keep the chess blunder doctor (or is it the grim reaper?) away. I have also attached there some advice for beginners and parents – useful techniques, planning, time management and how to survive a day of rapid chess.

The club also offers chess coaching for novices/parents, Tuesdays during school term from 5.30pm for 1 hour at the club. Please use the contact form to register your interest.


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