Improve Your Chess Game with Continuous Practice
Posted: Jul 03, 2015
In chess as in other sports, practice is very important. An athlete trains to gain strength and muscle memory, learn tactics, and develop strategies. Just the same, serious chess players must practice so that they can train their mind to look at things differently enhance their mental capacity, and practice tactics and strategies that best fit each situation.
Most of the time, a chess game is won or lost because of one wrong move. Practice helps you get better at gauging your opponent and always finding and making moves on the board that best prevent or lead to a checkmate. Capturing pieces are not always the best moves, sometimes, improving your position or simply preparing for your next couple of moves or tactical positioning is the best move you can make to help you win your game. The secret is in taking your time trying to figure out the best move available to your pieces on the board.
However, you can’t always take your time when playing an actual chess game, especially when you are competing in a tournament. This is where constant practice comes to play. By taking your time to practice your moves, placements, tactics, and strategies, you get to train your mind to think fast and figure out the best possible moves in each match, quickly. On the other hand, you should also remember that while practice is critical for your improvement, too much play without study or combined with too little study can also hold you back, causing you to repeat the same mistakes and wrong decisions over and over.
Practicing helps you try things that you have learned and program your brain to think like a chess piece. It becomes a great test environment where you can hone the skills and knowledge you have accumulated against another player. However, without study, you will likely follow old patterns and fail to develop a different strategy or follow the correct thinking process to help you win your games. Practice without study will prevent you from learning proper strategies and tactics and from learning new ideas that can enhance your game.
While practice is crucial for improvement in chess, you should also remember that too much play without taking the time to improve your knowledge of the game is futile and is often counterproductive to what you are trying to achieve as a chess player.
About the author:
Albert Fishman has been involved in teaching chess since 1996 and is part of the IchessU coaching staff.
IchessU stands for International Chess University. We are an online entity that specializes in chess education. We teach chess openings, chess strategies and more about the chess game in detail to kids.