EICC 2012

European Individual Chess Championship 2012

How to be a better chess player

Anyone can try their luck in a game of chess, but it takes a little more effort to be a good chess player. Keep reading to learn how to develop your chess skills.


Method 1 of 2: convert you into a better player of chess

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    Learn to play chess. Not is possible improve if not know the rules or how move a piece correctly.


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    Join you to a club of chess local. I know social and free with the chess. No trates of feel you well to the play with people that clearly are worse that you. If you have that do things to feel you better after a loss, the chess not is a game for you.
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    Learn the values of the parts. A pawn is worth a point. The Knights and bishops are worth three points each. A tower is worth five points. A Queen is worth nine points.

    • Do not sacrifice any part unless you have a clear victory. For example, not you must sacrifice a horse for an attack on the flank of the King unless you are sure that you can win.
    • It is not appropriate to change a Bishop (by value of 3) and a horse (by value of 3) by a Tower (by value of 5), and a pawn (by value of 1) because the horse, and the Bishop are more powerful than a tower and the pawn will not come into play until the end of the game.
    • These values are relative. In some positions, a Bishop or a Knight are stronger than a tower.
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    Always takes the bishops and horses. Pawns are used too and with exaggeration, and often developing parts fail to develop. Then, your opponent generally will be a Bishop through your pawn structure.

    • Too many pawns move weakens the flank of a castling King and you exposed to attacks. Move too many pawns usually weakens your structure of pawns in the endgame.
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    Understands how to play. There are two main ways in which people play. Some have a strong defense and aggressive people who use this style can be very deadly. The other type takes advantage. In an instant they seize any error that his opponent commits, developing rapidly and leaving with an open position. None of them is the best, although the main population prefers a stronger than capital game.

    • It is easier to attack than defend. Some like to play schemes where sacrificed a pawn to get an attack because they find that they earn a higher percentage of games.
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    Entering your first tournament. It enters there with the mindset that you are going to sweep this series of games. Forget the score. Forget about the scores.Only salt and play the best you can, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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    Looking for an opponent. Find people who are better than you and “compete” against them. Play with them. Go to the tournaments that go. Little by little you acostumbrarás to your playing style and use it against them and others. Don’t think about this “rival” as someone whom he exceeded. Don’t give up if you lose. It plays again, and again, and again. Do this until you’ve learned your style and how to counter it.
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    Studying to your GM (Grandmaster) followers. Studies, play, study, play. Learn how to use their techniques, and how to counter them.
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    Lee one of the 10 best books written about chess. Here are some good books:

    • “Logical chess move by move” of Irving Chernev. It teaches you how to attack the King at the opening of the pawn and the King to play positional chess with the queen pawn openings.
    • “My system” from Aaron Nimzowitsch.
    • “Think like a grandmaster” of Alexander Kotov. This book explains how to analyze variations so you can play the game medium to a much higher level.
    • “Judgement and planning in chess” of Max Euwe. A classic book that explains how to judge a position based on the advantage of space, the combinations, the advantages of end, attack King and pawn structures.
    • “Bobby Fischer teaches chess,” Bobby Fischer. A classic book that teaches chess tactics for beginners.
    • “Chess master vs.” amateur chess”Max Euwe and Walter Meiden. This book explains how a teacher beats an amateur to make the right decision based on the needs of the positions.
    • “Practical chess end” of Irving Chernev. 300 end of game that begins simple but end up with a higher degree of difficulty.
    • “1001 check kill” of Fred Reinfield. A classic book that will help you to see several checkmate and to calculate the variations.
    • “Ideas behind the chess openings” of Reuben Fine. It explains the strategies behind the openings so that you can remember and play better.
    • “100 selected games” of Botvinnik.
    • “Basic end of chess” Reuben fine. A thick book that is a classic and explains all kinds of endings.
    • “Count points in chess” I. A. Horowitz. A classic book that gives a range of 32 positional features and teaches how convert these 32 advantage into a victory.
    • “How to win in the finals of the chess” I.A. Horowitz. This book explains strategies of late without complex variations.
    • “Fundamentals of chess” of José Raúl Capablanca. This book teaches the opening, middle game and end strategies.
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    Learn the basic rules of the end. End of game strategy: “If you have the advantage in materials, change parts, not pawns. If you go back with materials, change pawns and you can force a draw”.

    • Without pawns, you must have at least one more tower to force a mate; the only exception to this is that two Knights and a King can not force a mate against a lone King.
    • The King is a powerful piece; use it to block and attack the pawns.
    • Bishops of opposite colors lead to tie most of the time, because none of the parties can move pawns without losing them. A pawn of Tower and a single Bishop are tied to a black King if the Bishop is the color opposite to the coronation box.
    • The bishops are worth more than the horses in all but the closed positions of pawns.
    • The pawns, towers, and the bishops are more valuable in the process of the game, so play to preserve them.
    • Many games with all the pawns on one side of the Board ends in draw. 90% of games masters ending in a draw where all of the pawns are on one side of the Board because the master with fewer pawns exchanged pawns and then sacrifice a Knight or Bishop by the last of the pawns. If you stay with only a Bishop or Knight you can not force a mate.
    • The tower and the horse, or the rook and Bishop, often can only draw against a tower.
    • In the end with the Queen, which the Queen moves to the Center first dominates the game.
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    Powerful pawn structures are:

    • An “external pawn” attracts the King of the opponent to the other side, allowing you to eat the rest of his pawns or move your pawns on the other side of the Board.
    • A “last pawn” is not blocked by another pawn and must be pushed. Nimzovich said, the “last pawn must be pushed”.
    • A “protected passed pawn” is a passed pawn that is protected by another pawn.A protected passed pawn forces the opponent to constantly defend themselves against progress.
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    The weak pawn structures are:

    • The doubled pawns do not defend each other and are under attack.
    • Isolated pawns are weak and should be screened by a piece.
    • Backward pawns which are on open rows are extremely weak and susceptible to be attacked by the towers.
    • A King in opposition can tie against a King pawn.
    • A tower on the seventh rank is worthy to sacrifice a pawn.
    • The Zugzwang is one in that if your opponent changes its position, it becomes weaker (prefer to renounce their turn), and is common in chess.
    • The end of rook and pawn are the most difficult, so avoid them.
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    Plays chess at blind. You will teach how to not forget and learn what parts are attacking to what boxes. Since your brain is will be forced to memorize much information about the State of the Board of all ways, not will be so difficult that learn to organize it. You train slowly to see the image full, you will notice statements very complex on the State of the Board and you give has of what movement you must do. In fact, with the time will improve in the chess to blind rather than in the chess normal if you trained by equal.
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    Note the patterns in them played that tend to do that to win the game. Not follow step 3 all the time without exceptions, but rather judged the arrangement of the parts and decide if it is worth making an Exchange. It is good to Exchange parts more easily if you take advantage. Use your skill to realize patterns. Make a move that you predijiste will cause that your opponent says a bug that allows you to win the game.Strategy may include know with which person you’re playing, you realize the errors committed at the start of the game or pay attention to the pattern of common mistakes that people tend to commit.

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Method 2 of 2: practice like a champion

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    Stores the first 12 plays of the best 20 games of the chess masters great. You can find these games online easily at sites such as chessgames.com. You must memorize you the top ten moves of white and black to get an idea of how the true masters of the chess begin their games. This will help you get an idea of how to succeed and how to highlight. In addition, memorize these moves will make you more disciplined, since you will have to train your mind to “absorb” them, as well as to understand what makes them so effective.
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    Solve 10,000 puzzles on your favorite puzzle web site. You can use web sites such as Chesstempo, Chessity or Puzzle Books. As said Malcom Gladwell, “work at anything over 10,000 hours make you an expert, so imagine the professional you will be after solve 10,000 puzzles!”. Of course, this you can take a long time, but if you trace you make at least one a day, you’ll go very far. You can also start drawing you a more realistic goal, as 1,000 puzzles.
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    Uses chess apps on your phone. You can also use the application of the world champions of chess or other chess players-oriented applications. While practicing to be a master of chess requires complete concentration, have an application on your phone that is related to chess can help you train when you find yourself with some unexpected free time.
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    Play in local tournaments. Enroll in all tournaments as you can and make sure you play at least once a week no matter how tired or frustrated you can be. Local tournaments are the way to help you practice playing against real players and also to improve your technique and strategy.
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    Check your games with a chess trainer. You have a chess trainer can cost you an arm and the face, but it can definitely help you improve your game and develop the discipline necessary to be able to think out of the ordinary. You can also find a chess coach online that can help you review your moves and give you an idea of what you did wrong and what you did well. Recognize your strengths and your strengths is the best way to succeed in chess.
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    Plays at least 10,000 chess games. Do you remember what we said about to become a true professional after having done anything for more than 10,000 hours? While performing the mentioned methods of practice they will help you, at the end everything boils down to play as many games as you can. If you are genuinely committed to become a better chess player, this is the path that you must follow.


  • Strategically, study “the art of the thinking logic”, of McDonalds and Seirawan. Books like “My system” are really classic, but far above the capabilities of beginners and intermediate players. You will end up wasting your time; you really have to learn to walk before we can run.
  • He understands that you as everything, practice makes perfect. Chess is no exception. In fact, need years to develop into a strong chess player, but don’t get discouraged. Get a consistent and reasonable curriculum (and keep it), and do gradually more and more strong.
  • Don’t believe the lies about “visual contact” or “mislead people bluffing”. Lee and focus on the Board. Chess is not poker.
  • When you study the strategy, write down the ideas and plans that will give you, and be sure to put them into practice in your own games. It is easy to have one of those moments where you say “AHA!” when you’re studying, but then immediately back to your same old thinking process on the Board. To improve, you must improve your thought process and put into practice new ideas on the Board.
  • Don’t worry about the study of the opening lines; When you start, you’ll see that nobody plays main lines (because nobody knows them), so all the memory you made will be for nothing. Focus on sound principles (move each piece once before moving any piece twice, centralize your pieces, inhibit the development of your opponent, develop your pieces so that your opponent pawn cost work advance) and you will at least equal the opening (which is what you should do, anyway). Do not play with unusual as the Blackmar-Diemer gambit or the Latvian gambit. Not depend on solid strategic understanding, can be easily refuted if your opponent has studied them (Defense Ziegler literally the Blackmar-Diemer gambit entirely rejects), and will inhibit the learning of the traditional principles of chess. You will win more games in the short term, but your overall performance will be seriously hampered. Play with classic fenders Ruy López, Italian, Scottish, siciliana (Sicilian defenses probably closed are the best Sicilian defenses for beginners) or positions of gambit with the Queen.
  • If you are below 1700 USCF, is likely to benefit more quickly by doing at least 30 minutes of tactics (chesstempo, chess.com, chess.emerald, etc.) a day.
  • If you have the money, and seriously want to be a great player, pay a trainer. If you are below 2000 USCF, the practice is looking for an expert or a teacher to give you weekly lessons; get a much stronger that coach could improve even your skill level.
  • The chess.com website is an excellent resource; chessmentor, your database and your videos (especially “live videos” of IM Rensch session) are all very instructive and useful. Another site, chessfriend.com, has excellent videos of play by play analysis items of great modern masters. It is recommended to play in ICC (if you can afford the membership), since there are fewer cheats on ICC, probably because the ICC costs up to $60 for a membership. ChessCube has an interface attractive, and have tournaments very interesting (area of war), but there are many cheats. If not you can afford your income to ICC, comes with FICS.
  • Practice a little of the mode called chess fast is good for you; You maintains strong tactically, can help you to have the “feeling” of an opening relatively quickly, and you help to give them guidelines Basic that are necessary. However, if are playing more than 3 or 5 games fast in a day, probably is too much for you. Play slow so that you allow thinking and work in your calculations. If play too chess fast, not will be capable of calculate with precision, or of apply the ideas of your studies, and will have problems to defeat to them opponents strong on the Board.


  • The Queen is the most valuable part. If your opponent is exposed to his Queen, where you can take it, it can be a trap or they could try to deceive you.