Here you’ll learn some techniques that will make your transition to an international chess title (FM / IM / GM) quicker and easier.
Note: you may study the 1st part of this lesson here: LINK
Observe games by your “CHESS HERO”.
Imitation is a most natural and effective learning method. That’s why it’s so useful for you to choose “your chess hero” and to observe his/her games. Now, here are some important observations that you should take into account.
Chess history knows a lot of great attackers: Morphy, Tal, Shirov, Kasparov, Spassky, Tolush, Alekhine, etc. – you can easily choose the one you like better.
Play a series of tournaments. At least, play training games before a tournament.
It’s a different thing to study chess than it is to play chess. In fact, these things require a somewhat different mindset.
Those players who don’t understand this make 1 typical mistake. Before a tournament they study chess intensively: reading books, studying openings, etc. After that, they go to a tournament and play badly. Following that they become frustrated and can’t understand what has happened.
However, there is a simple explanation (known by most professional players). You need “to switch your brain” from training mode to practice mode. While preparing for a tournament you need to play chess. At this point, it’s too late to read books – you can’t change your overall chess strength in a few weeks anyway.
Playing 2-3 tournaments in a row can be a solution as well. During the first tourney you’ll warm up () while in the next tournaments you’ll show your best performance.
Study chess PROPERLY
Together with “ADVICE #1” these are the most important factors.
It’s a pity to see how many people spend/waste time on Internet blitz and tactical puzzles, and after that wonder why they are not progressing.
Luckily for chess players they have A Universal Lame Excuse (): “I don’t have chess talent”. It’s so convenient to say it. Now it’s not your fault anymore, you’ve somehow shifted responsibility to God. People like this psychological trick so much, that I propose to establish an abbreviation ULE: Universal Lame Excuse. Now if somebody starts explaining you that “he thinks that maybe he does not have enough talent for…” – you can just reply: “I know, it’s ULE.”
Note: While I can’t explain everything about chess training in this short article, you can always find a lot of related free lessons on this website, or you can simply study my chess courses: LINK
To conclude here, let’s train your calculation skills.
This is a very practical position. A lot of endgames end up with positions where you need to calculate who’ll promote a pawn earlier.
Your task here is to calculate the move 38. Ba5 and to determine the final result of the game.
After that please download the whole game here: LINK
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