The blog is back! I’m a chess beginner, so my first post will be a motivational one. How do we improve at chess?

Every chess player can improve his/her game, we might not get all that good that we get the right to play on the same levels as pros, but it sure does make playing chess more enjoyable.

The best thing is that it isn’t really that hard to improve your game; although in chess the learning curves tend to get steeper and steeper the better we get. However, there’s always a way or another idea to add a few more skills to our list of talents and a get a few more points in our ratings. Well, this all is really easy, and that’s the point we are about to discuss here: five easy ways to improve your chess.

Play Like Everything’s On The Line

Psychology plays a huge part in chess, just like every other competitive game. Why are you even in a game when you don’t plan to give in all your effort and attention? Don’t lose and use your casual attitude as an excuse every time. Don’t hold back and always give your 100 percent effort and know that sometimes even pros lose a game now and then. Have pride in your game and the moves you make on the table.

Analyze Your Own Game

To analyze your own game is a really important thing to do. Sometimes it still happens that I play 10 blitz games with same opening moves which I don’t know well enough, one after another. And most of these times I found myself in situations about which I don’t know how to play and I happen to repeat the mistakes I’ve already made before. I could have avoided this whole situation if I would have just bothered to take a moment and think and analyze the game first, it also would have helped me to learn something new and useful.

Role-play Professional Games

There are a lot of great games of excellent players in chess history which we can play and enjoy over and over. That’s the reason behind the invention of chess notation – so that the games would not be lost to posterity. Playing over such insightful games is easy, fun and it also has a great deal of instructional value. You can pick up a lot of things and learn a lot of great things about chess just by replaying the games of better players. And this is the reason why chess databases are so popular. You can very easily find thousands of games to replay and replay the ones which you find interesting.

Play As Much As Possible

Play as much chess as you can, like not so much that you forget your family or lose your job over it, but as much chess as you can in your free time. You can study a lot about chess but all that studying would be of no use if you don’t practically apply it in a game. Even if you’re not up for studying and reading about chess you could just keep on practicing, and you’ll still get better in chess with time.

Try To Have Fun

If you’re just starting out, you’ll feel frustrated about losing too much. Try to have fun and learn as much as you can while playing. Anticipate what your opponent will do but never forget to enjoy chess if you want to improve your game.

Right, having said all that, I hope I can start improving again and get out of this rut, here are some resources I will be using to achieve this:

https://www.chess.com/blog/SonofPearl/8-shortcuts-to-chess-improvement

https://www.chessable.com/blog/2017/05/02/how-to-improve-at-chess-user-gains-300-uscf-points/

http://chessimprover.com/opening-principles-part-five/