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How to improve your chess game

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    • ==== ====Check this site out if you want to play chess onlne:http://stansco.com/netchess/?hop=annafan196==== ====It is a mistaken belief that playing chess is a god-gifted art and barring reaching an ordinarycognizable standard you cannot improve. The cognizable standard means you are reaching tothe standard which makes you only recognize the good and bad points of the game but withoutany ability to develop your game accordingly. No doubt, it is a game of superior intelligence. Thealertness of the mind, capacity to contemplate on and select the right future are some basicrequirements of this brainy game. Of course, you cannot cultivate talent only with the help of yourlabor but if you have a little of it you can surely bone it. Do not forget the age-old maxim thatgenius is five percents inspiration and ninety-nine percents perspiration. Moreover, hardly anyhuman being is totally devoid of the element of talent. Only when we fail to perspire for making itdevelop that we lag behind the others who do. This is what we purpose to do with this article.There are times when in the absence of the right kind of guidance our talents wither. Since theydont know how to properly irrigate and fertilize this plant of talent, this get withered away.Remember that like any other discipline, chess also needs your unwaivering devotion. The youngboys normally dont know how to utilize their free time, especially those who have the potentials.Follow the guidelines given ahead and become a good chess player.1.Read Chess-books and MagazinesAfter playing some games, read the book carefully. Play more games and the read the book. Eachtime you absorb some points that seemed previously obscure or did not grip you.The way you improve most is not by playing opponents, but by playing over well-annotatedgames. Cover one sides move usually the winners) and think out of each move before looking.If you are eager to improve your play rapidly, write down the moves of all your games, not only thecompetitive one (in which recording is compulsory). It is best to write them in chess scorebooks,as loose score-sheets are easily lost. Afterwards, play each game and jot down critical comments.This how the grandmaster developed his skill in chess and became proficient in a short timewithout any coaching. It is surprising how much the game became clearer when you see everyposition a second time, in the light of what happened first time. You become your own tutor. If,after writing your comments you submit some of your games and your comments to a competentcoach or top player for assessment for a suitable fee will improve more rapidly still.Reading chess books by standard authors will also help. Try to follow the notations in a particularstyle. In case you get hold of those old books in which the notations are not in algebraic form, tryto convert it in that form. Even this conversion exercise would give you a good peep inside theintricacies of the game. Write them down in a separate exercise book and the same way you doto develop you ability, say in Mathematics. This is very enlightening exercise. Just keep a small
    • chess board with pieces alongside and convert descriptive notations into Algebraic notations. It isnecessary because the algebraic notation was devised only a couple years ago while the earlierchess-books where only written in descriptive style. Remember that it is not a time consuming andboring exercise but a very rewarding one.Besides doing this read some good magazines or newspapers having chess columns. Nowadaysthere is hardly any good journal or newspaper not having chess columns. Read those problemsand solve them. Your intention while solving them should be to prove the given solution to bewrong! The idea is that you should independently try to attack the problem. In the process if youhappen to hit some different solution deem it that you are on the right path of progress in yourchess studies. You may join a club having the facility of chess. You might develop you chess skillin the company of the other learners.Of course, you can enjoy chess without worrying about improvements. However, this is a naturaltendency of an awakened mind to improve ones performance in any sphere. By following themethods recommended here, almost anybody can become a strong player in a fraction of timenormally taken.Doctor Emanual Lasker (World Champion 1897-1921) considered that given a logical approach, aperson of average talent would not need to give chess more than 200 hours to reach a stagewhere a master player who conceded him or her handicap would surely lose.Laskers 200 hours was an underestimate, no doubt, but certain it is that most players could reachin months a standard that usually takes them years to attain.Some newspapers publish regular chess columns in which composed chess problems are afeature. In a problem, an artificial position is setup and a solver is required to find a way to checkmate in a specified number of moves, usually 2 or 3, no matter what replies the defender makes.In these, for the sake of uniformity, White always makes the first (key) move. In 2-move problems,only the key move is required. In 3-move problems, the second moves are required for correctsolutions. As the composers purpose is to make the task difficult, the key move is usually on thatwould be unlikely to occur to a player in an actual game, and is never capture (except of a Pawn)and never a check.2. Play Handicap Chess with Senior PlayersThe often given advice to play against stronger players has two distinct drawbacks. Firstly, it isdiscouraging if you invariably lose. Secondly, it is painful boring for the opponent if the different inskill is great. The strong player would be too polite to tell you this, but will find some excuse to stopplaying. To fore stat this, ask the opponent to give you a handicap (give you odds in the chessparlance) e.g. to remove a Knight, a Rook, a Rook plus Knight, or even the Queen. Once the rightodds found, both players can have exciting game. When removing a Knight or a Rook as ahandicap, convention decrees that it shall be the one on the Queens wing.Another kind of handicap is possible with the use of chess clocks. The expert can play with a veryshort time limit, his opponents at a much greater one. If the difference in skill is not too wide, thissort of handicap is better, as there is no alteration of the starting position. If the difference in skill isvery great, it is a good idea to use both systems.
    • For single games, you cannot use a time handicap unless you have chess clocks. However, insimultaneous exhibitions, a time handicap operates automatically.Here the expert opposes a large number of players seated in a circle or rectangle, each with aboard and pieces in front of him or her. The expert steps from board to board, making a move ateach one. Obviously, the expert can take only a fraction of time that opponents take, as the mastermay have to make 10,20,30,40 or more moves in the time that each opponent has for one move.Simultaneous exhibitions have provided, from time immemorial, an excellent opportunity for alarge number of players to oppose a master under conditions that give the amateurs some chanceof bringing off a draw or even a win.3. Have chess softwarePlaying chess against a well-programmed computer also helps in your developing chess-skill.It was inevitable in our age of electronics that chess would engage the attention of computerengineers.The real revolution in computer chess was brought about by the introduction of portable, relativelyinexpensive microcomputers. These have been steadily improving and the latest models featureup to sixty-four levels of play, programmed openings and games, a voice announcing moves, andsensitized squares to eliminate the need for a keyboard. Most can play a reasonable game, whilethe more advanced models complete successfully in open tournaments.As hinted before, microcomputers are most useful to players who have a problem in finding anopponent. Teaching level with programmed opening variations and suggested best moves areprovided to help the students.For top players computers provide a convenient way of storing information on openings and endgames. Most top players use personal computer for this purpose.4. General AdviceYou should start playing preferably with another beginner, as soon as you have learned themoves. Do not be discouraged if you are slow in remembering the rules. With a little practice, youwill get accustomed to the moves of the pieces and will be able to start working things out withouttrying to remember how each one move and capture.Chess is competitive and a desire to win is its strongest motivation. This is why you should playwith another beginner whom you have a chance to defeating. It is better if you have an instructorwho can supervise the game to make you sure that the rules are observed and to point out whereyou went wrong after the game.Textbook dealing with all aspects of the game in one volume, vary in scope and price. Some
    • chess manuals are written by champions, others by chess teachers - they all help the beginner todelve deeper into the mysteries of chess. Later the person wishing to improve skills further morecan specialize by studying various aspects of the game and here there is a vast choice of aids.Books dealing with openings range from comprehensive manuals in several large volumes, notrecommended for beginners, to books designed to explain the reasons why the openings areplayed in a certain way.The Middle game is dealt with by explaining the basic strategic principles and by giving examplesof tactical combinations. There are many books dealing with this subject.The end game is part of the game, which all aspiring players should study. Here again there is achoice of many books. Best for beginners are elementary books, which explain basic principlesthat are most likely to occur in practical way. For advanced players there are books, which dealwith specific ending in depth. Finally, we come to collection of games of great players. Werecommend the books with detailed comments, especially those designed for beginners.The young learners are advice not to rely heavily on chess problems to acquire mastery in thisgame. These problems are as removed from as crossword puzzles are from literature. Surely, theybone ones power of visualization of the moves. Play as many actual games as possible and solvechess problem to keep your mind alert in the chess-sense. Remember in chess (the actual game)the object of the game is to defeat the opponent, the means by which this end is achieve or thetime is takes, being unimportant. In problems, however, the opponent represents by time. Matemust be effect with in the stipulated number of moves. Since the position given in the problems isfrequently quizotic, most of the seasoned chess players dismiss then as situation unworthy ofconsideration. On the other hand, the problemists maintain that game involves too much laboriousand profitless wood shifting, and that the artistry of fifty games can be compound into a singleartificial position. Nevertheless, the best courses open for young learners to have the judiciousmixture of the two.The author is the site admin of Chess Learning. If you want to read and learn more about thegame of chess, check out http://www.chess-learning.comArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Ari_Darmapala==== ====
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