Overview for daily puzzles on the steps method site

Overview for daily puzzles on the steps method site - screenshot by achja

Training suggestions for U1500 players - part 2

To improve your chess you may benefit from these hints

Chess is like body-building. If you train every day, you stay in top shape. It is the same with your brain – chess is a matter of daily training --- Vladimir Kramnik

In Part 1 daily puzzles were suggested. Now that is the easy part which does not have to cost you a lot of time daily. With tactic and checkmate puzzles you can improve your chess a lot, especially when you are a beginner chess player. More time consuming is studying chess.

  1. Check out Chessable They have a lot of free books, as well as top quality books for sale with which you can study and then review (training). They have a streak reminder, so this can encourage you to train a bit every day (I've managed to get a streak of over 900 days). I would suggest this instead of only watching chess videos.
  2. Go through the Capablanca book Chess Fundamentals at Chesstempo This is available for free in English and Portuguese, and has study and training (review) options. Former world champion Botvinnik, who was trainer for Karpov, Kasparov, and Kramnik said about the book : “the greatest chess book of all time”. The book has easy and difficult parts, but you can go through the parts you grasp and get back to the other parts of the book later. It also has lots of annotated chess games, annotated by the great Capablanca.
  3. Find chess study buddies, and play correspondence chess training games with them. With correspondence chess there is no need to rush, and you can put the chess position on a real chessboard and move the pieces to analyze, before making a move.
  4. Analyze your own games. Lichess is great for that. You can let Stockfish analyze your game, then look at the graph and check out spikes, or cycle through mistakes and blunders. On top of that you can share games via Lichess study, and work together with your chess buddies, adding comments and variations.
  5. Find a good balance between studying, playing, analyzing, and ... resting. Sometimes I get the impression that lots of U1500 chess players want to play a lot of bullet, maybe watch a few chess videos, and rather not study at all. However, one can also play too much, and get side tracked by wanting rating points and results. Once you make sure you take your rest, and study daily, then it is likely that your chess will improve and then the rating points and results will at some point follow (And if not, then consider getting a chess coach, or figure out whether you already hit your top ceiling that you can reach).

Enjoy your chess !