Winning Chess Psychology: Power of Preparation

It doesn’t mater if you play chess on the scholastic, amateur, intermediate, advanced, or elite professional level – you always want to win as much as possible. Many chess players will tell you with a straight face that they only play chess and go to tournaments to have fun and enjoy the game – that winning simply isn’t their largest source of motivation. I think that’s completely insane – if you’re going to do something at all, you should do it right. And in chess that means doing everything in your power to win.

Garry Kasparov - Fight for the Win! - Winning Chess Psychology
Garry Kasparov - Fight for the Win!

Winning is not a secret that belongs to a very few, winning is something that we can learn by studying ourselves, studying the environment and making ourselves ready for any challenge that is in front of us” – Garry Kasparov

Objective Organization Yields Optimal Results

The pure chess player will do anything to win, under ethical constraints of course. One of the most common problems I encounter with my students during our online chess classes is not just an overall lack of preparation, but complete confusion on where to begin. One of the main points I like to emphasize in these online chess lessons is the enormous benefit that structure, organization, and routine will have on your chess game. Don’t just stop at breaking down the decision-making process, evaluate the big picture on how you approach improvement. Be honest with yourself and identify your weaknesses to spend more time on targeting these specific areas of your game for improvement, even if they’re not your favorite topics of study. Push yourself to evaluate your results through a cleanly objective lens to truly organize the most efficient and effective path to chess improvement.

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