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All chess players like to improve and win games regardless of their level. It is a constant fight - some players are successful, but many are not. I am sure you are a well motivated player aiming for success and failure is not an option for you. It doesn't matter if you are an advanced player or have just started. Today we are going to review the five most effective ways to improve dramatically in chess.



Find a place where you can meet other chess enthusiasts, play a few games, discuss ideas, and share training secrets should be at the top of your list. Surrounding yourself and supporting yourself with useful people is already half the battle to improve your chess.



Ideally, you want to communicate with those who know much more about the game than you do. At the same time they should not be on a totally different level. If you have over 1,200 ELOs, you shouldn't look for a 2,700 GM to teach you how to play an isolated pawn position or run a "windmill." They will be able to help you, but the process will be ineffective because they will most likely not remember what it is to be a 1200 player. They would take some ideas and skills as known, when they really can be totally new to you.


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The best bet would be to find a player 400 to 500 points higher than you, and learn from them by playing chess, analyzing games, etc. Spending time with those top rated players will go a long way toward making progress, because you will be exposed to their way of thinking, planning and making decisions. Ask specific questions about why certain moves were made, why a move is good or bad, or why you need to change checkers in certain positions.



Not only do you approach them asking "teach me a little chess," there are private coaches for that matter. If you can challenge them to a game, show good sportsmanship no matter what the outcome and how motivated you are to be successful and they will want to play with you and perhaps teach you a thing or two. This is a very important first step to improve in chess.



Focusing on subtle detail is where most amateur chess players fight. They don't realize that chess is about paying attention to the little things first. Club players easily ruin their pawn structure during minor piece swaps, awkwardly place their knight on the edge of the board, and lose time for no reason.



They think that these things are not as important as losing material or getting checkmate, and this is true. However, once your opponent accumulates many small advantages, greater consequences will follow. That means that he will be able to gain a positional advantage, which in turn will lead to strong initiative and ultimately suffer material losses. There is an old saying that perfectly describes this situation:



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