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Want to know how to improve your chess? You need these 7 fundamental chess skills if you are serious about improving your chess game. On this website you will discover unique and powerful ways to train them! Are you happy with the results you get from your chess training? ChessKnights will show you how to improve your skills for real!
How To Improve Your Chess – Click on a skill below to learn more about it.
In 1908 Richard Teichmann went as far as saying “Chess is 99% tactics.” Chess tactics are moves or a combination of moves with which you win material, achieve a checkmate or secure an advantage. You can expect to win a lot of games if you are a monster tactician. The chess tactics page reveals how you can get the most from solving chess puzzles. [more]
Chess visualization is the ability to see in your mind the positions reached when certain moves are made – without making them on the board – and seeing them so clearly you can accurately consider the implications of each new position. Imagine how it must be to visualize any combination of moves in your mind and being able to “see” the outcome of it. [more]
So what is the plan? That is what strategy is all about. Without an understanding of chess strategy you cannot expect to find good candidate moves. Bobby Fischer said “tactics flow from a superior position.” If you cannot reach superior positions you won’t get the opportunity to demonstrate your tactical powers! Check out the chess strategies page to arm yourself with all the powerful strategic principles. [more]
In the words of Garry Kasparov — if you want to improve your chess “you must also become intimately aware of the methods you use to reach your decisions”. He referred to your thinking process. How aware are you of the methods you use to reach a decision? Check out the decision making process page to learn more about developing this critical skill. [more]
Calculation skill is the computer in you. The ability to analyze all the consequences of your selected candidate moves has an obvious effect on the move you choose and ultimately the result of the game. Learn more about calculating candidate moves and start calculating your moves with a lot more confidence. [more]
All serious chess players have their favorite openings which they know in depth. Professional chess players cannot survive without at least a few openings in their repertoire. However, if you are not yet a master level player you shouldn’t spend your time memorizing opening variations. You can do well by applying the basic strategic principles to your opening moves. This website will give you all the principles you need to be confident in the opening as well as a good overview of the popular chess openings. [more]
The endgame has its own set of principles. In all other stages of the game the king is a weakness that needs to be defended. In the endgame however — the king becomes a participating piece. The two main objectives in the endgame is to activate the king to its best position and to create a passed pawn. On this webpage you can seriously improve your chess endgame skill by diligently doing the exercises here. [more]