Today, July 20th is the 88th anniversary of the founding of FIDE in Paris, France in 1924.
Since 1966, July 20th has been celebrated, by chess players from all walks of life, all over the globe as International Chess Day!
And if you are one of them, let me tip my hats off to you.
Chess helps us to:
And let’s not forget: it strengthens your character, hones your self-discipline, persistence, planning and many other important skills that we need in life. I’d dare say that if more people would play chess, the world would be a better place. 🙂
Keep moving forward guys and bring out your full potential in our beloved 64-squared game!
There are many ways to win in chess battles.
If that way is not suitable for you 🙂 , let me give you some other important hints.
Imagine that you need to stump a tree and you only have an axe in your hands. What would you do? Obviously, you need to strike that tree a couple of times before it goes down. There are 2 important lessons we can learn here, however.
–> You need to do things over and over again.
It’s just impossible to finalize this task at one fell swoop. At the same time it’s easy to accomplish it with little BUT many and repetitive efforts. So it’s important to keep making those little steps regularly.
Really, imagine how you would strike down a tree with just an axe…doing it the old fashioned way. It may not fall on Day 1. Maybe not on Day 2 or Day 3…BUT it will fall if you keep at it. That’s for sure.
–> Yes, you may not see any visible results for quite a long time. BUT you will get the job done if you persist. You can count on that!
It’s very important not to lose sight of you goal and keep the motivation and desire…the fuel for your success…burning and going.
Keep in mind the “Rule Of 1%”. If you make even a very little improvement every day, nothing more than a percent, that translates to raising your game by 365%. Ultimately, this will raise your results by 3-4 times in a year.
We live in a goal-oriented world (which is especially true for Western countries). When we are so focused on all those goals, ratings, titles, trophies, and what not, we can easily forget one very important thing. And that is to have fun and be happy whenever you sit down and play chess!
Chess is a game. Treat each tournament as a new exciting adventure. Take joy from the process of playing and learning. Significant positive results will just come naturally.
All the time, you will encounter some critics and so-called “realistic” people. They will say “you can’t”, “you are too old/young”, “you don’t have enough talent” etc.
Those guys do not believe in themselves. This is the key problem. And they try to share their own doubts and lack of self-confidence with you.
Just keep in mind that it’s not about you; their lack of self-confidence is their problem.
Also it’s useful to communicate or read about successful players. It’s hard to reach something practically if you haven’t planned (imagined) it in advance. The easiest way to imagine something is to have a real example in front of your eyes. That’s why I often publish stories/results of my students.
Recently I’ve uploaded some feedback here (scroll down until you get to the “Customer feedback” section – you’ll see photos there):
One guy defeated an opponent 1200 rating points higher than him! 🙂 Indeed, anything is possible 🙂
Well, before I get carried away, I’ll cut this short. Have a happy International Chess Day!