What makes a good chess player?
If you want to be a good chess player, practicing often and studying strategies and techniques of more masterful players can help you advance. Good chess players have the ability to remember patterns, openings, endgames, tactics, guidelines and can visualize moves ahead and combinations. They can also sit comfortably for many hours and concentrate on an active game.
Research has shown that almost anyone can be a good chess player if they practice often and put in the time. Being a truly great player however involves more than just practice, and requires good general cognitive abilities and agile decision-making skills. It also helps if you first learned to play chess at a young age.
The US Chess Federation offers these additional tips for becoming a good chess player:
- Look at your opponent's move.
- Make the best possible move.
- Have a plan.
- Know what the pieces are worth.
- Develop quickly and well.
- Control the center.
- Keep your king safe.
- Know when to trade pieces.
- Think about the endgame.
- Always be alert.
Whether you are young or old, new to the game or advanced in your practice, chess lessons can be a good way to refine your game, sharpen your strengths, and keep your mind nimble. A chess coach can make you a good chess player by helping you develop opening moves, tactics, positions and endgames, and by helping you find and fix weaknesses in your game.