With the fifth part, the series “Effective Chess Training” comes to an end for the time being. This time the focus is on "Chess on the Internet" and "Do I need a chess coach?".
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are interesting and definitely recommendable, albeit time-consuming and exhausting. The intensive examination of several games at the same time requires a high level of concentration. Different types of positions increase the breadth of one's own repertoire. However, there is no intellectual exchange with a chess partner.
Playing on a chess server - beware of addiction!
More and more players are turning to this relatively new medium. The advantages are obvious: playing partners are always available
and games can be flashed quickly without having to leave the home environment. However, the seriousness is missing here. Losses don't hurt, after a few minutes the next game comes - it's about nothing! The most important part of learning chess - the analysis does not take place. And the stage fright associated with a serious tournament game does not occur either - the concentration is appropriate. In addition, due to the possible anonymity, the manners are not always what you would like them to be.
If there is no desire to improve, the leisure time can also be made entertaining here. However, you quickly pass the point at which it becomes an addiction. A few years ago I made this self-awareness - similar to my first contact with computer games, when the morning chirping of birds reminded me that sleeping is also a part of human life. (See also Nakamura-Hickl 14: 0)
Chess on the PC makes the motor side of work much easier. No figures have to be built and the user can quickly click through a game. Unfortunately, often much too quickly, which is not very beneficial for learning! In addition, our fight for DWZ points takes place on a three-dimensional tournament board. An impression is created, our performance is much higher than on a screen. When learning chess, the computer should only serve as a data supplier and the position on the board should be set up.
Do i need a chess coach?
A question that everyone, depending on their own goals, has to answer individually for themselves. Learning is not only about having fun, it sometimes also degenerates into work. Instructions can be very helpful!
But what has long been standard in golf, tennis and other sports leads a Sleeping Beauty existence in chess: Working with a trainer. Good advice can quickly lead to significant progress. Due to the considerable costs (unfortunately, a few hours is not enough), beginners usually only have to take the self-taught path. From a skill level of approx. 1400 DWZ, sufficient basic knowledge is available to design individual training in a targeted manner.
The first point of contact should be the local chess club. A flourishing club life opens up the possibility of exchanging ideas with others and obtaining opinions from better players.
Perhaps you will find a nice play partner there who will help you further. Occasionally, committed clubs offer inexpensive group training. Be sure to ask!
If the material side is not a limitation, early cooperation with a trainer is advisable - it helps to avoid grinding in gross mistakes. After years of activity, advanced players often settle into a narrow range of values. Tearing down this DWZ wall is hardly possible without outside help.
Requirements for the trainer
Expert support can make chess progress much easier, prevent gross misunderstandings from occurring right from the start, help you choose the right reading material and much more.
In contrast to most other sports, a significantly higher skill level of the trainer is a basic requirement for acceptance by the student, which in turn can be connected with other difficulties. Are the didactic skills sufficient to understand the problems of the significantly weaker player? Clarify this in a personal conversation. You will quickly find out whether the chemistry is right - an essential factor for a successful collaboration.
There are two forms of chess training. The classic individual training takes place on the chessboard, but requires a trainer in the immediate vicinity in order to keep travel costs low. Since there is often no suitably qualified player available, training via the Internet has also become established with the advent of the new media. It makes sense to communicate with the telephone and the server chessboard at the same time. We do not recommend offers via a chat client (via keyboard). The interactivity is only given to a limited extent.
Always note that even the best chess trainer does not do the work for you and that the necessary post-processing also takes up time resources.
What does it cost and who can I contact?
In principle, individual training should be geared towards a longer duration. The success is often clearly delayed. In contrast to a sprinter, which runs measurably faster after a few weeks, an increase in DWZ is not immediately detectable.
The prices of a 60-minute session vary considerably. Depending on the skill level, experience and reputation, everything can be found between € 20 and € 75.
And the same applies to everything: It doesn't work without repetition!
"I liked this book by Capablanca, Chess Fundamentals. I still do. I read it still. Some of the examples he gives I can still recognize. I built my career on them. " V. Anand in an interview for Outlook Business, India, December 08.
We are not studying for the moment or an exam for the next week. It can take years before the situation dealt with in training shows up on the board. The information must be internalized accordingly. It doesn't work without repetition! Too much new input leads to overload and is disadvantageous for the learner. It is advisable to pick up chess books that you have worked through after a while. If you can then recall the diagrams and contents, the success of the work becomes apparent - the book can be put aside again after a few hours. If the constellations are new, however, the first occupation with the work was apparently not intensive enough. After all, it leads to lifelong enjoyment of the book, which is always new - inexpensive, but somewhat unsatisfactory in terms of training success.
Published so far:
Effective chess training (1)
Effective chess training (2) Chess in theory
Effective chess training (3) - chess in practice
Effective chess training (4) - Tips for a higher DWZ