Chess Training Shortcuts To Improve Fast
Every chess player wants to improve, to win more games and understand a little more about this ancient game. That’s the reason why GM Damian Lemos has prepared for you a new video with the most important chess training shortcuts to improve fast.
As a continuation of his last video 5 Best Chess Training Tools (which you to see clicking here), he recommends you simple but powerful training tips to get more from your studying hours.
What you should do for a faster improvement?
- Get a powerful chess software with a database to prepare openings and study games (yours and from masters). The modern chess world can’t be imagined without a software to help you. Not using it will give your opponents a clear advantage (as they definitely are using it!)
- Use an engine (usually they come together with the soft) to analyze your games. Also, use them to check analysis from masters (especially games from the pre-computer times) and your calculations on tactical positions (see the next point).
- Train tactics daily – that’s the only way to be sharp and practice your calculation and tactical skills. Without good calculation skills, it’s nearly impossible to play a good game. Even the most positional players need to calculate in every move if they are not losing material or if they can accomplish they plan in time.
- Study the endgame with good books and tablebases. The endgame is the phase of the game where most club players make big mistakes. So, studying the endgame will let you take advantage of their mistakes and get lots of more easy points. Exploit your opponent’s weaknesses!
- Play a lot (preferably with stronger players than yourself) and try to do your best in every game. You need experience to be a better player. Also, the games will give you more material to work on (see the next tip).
- Analyze your games with an engine or a stronger player (or a coach). Keep track of your mistakes and work to don’t repeat them!
Every one of these training shortcuts where already discuss in the previous article. So, if you want to know what are the best (and free!) tools for the best training, click here to see 5 Best Chess Training Tools.
How to Get Lesson from a Game
Next, GM Damian Lemos teaches you how to extract the maximum benefit of a game, analyzing two instructive master games with a big rating gap between the players.
In these games, the better player has the chance to demonstrate strong plans without his opponent disturbing them, so they contain a perfect lesson to improve. That’s one of the reasons to see the games of Capablanca, Alekhine, and other great players of the time, as they were way better than the rest of the masters.
Both games shown by GM Lemos were won taking advantage of a development edge.
Let’s discuss the first critical position of the first game (diagram):
White has developed both knights, while Black only one (and he also still needs to move one pawn to develop the Bf8).
With such an advantage, usually you have to open the position to exploit your more active pieces. So, what should White play here?
If you decided to play 6.dxc5, your idea of opening the position is good, but the problem is that Black get to exchange the queens with 6…Qxd1+, reducing White’s potential for an attack.
Far better was the played 6.d5!, as now the Nc6 doesn’t have a good square to move! Black is pretty forced to play 6…Nb8, when his development is even worse!
Watch the full video to learn to exploit such an advantage and start getting more profit from your training hours!
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