Tuesday 27 April 2021

Getting better by simply playing

 Starting out in serious chess is often a tough gig. On the one hand most people know enough to understand how to play decent chess, but putting it in to practice is a lot harder. Even playing online, which is something that didn't happen 30 years ago, doesn't always prepare you for competitive chess.

However for some players, improvement is simply about playing. I'm not sure why this is (and why it isn't the case for every player), but every now and then I just sense that a new player knows what good moves are, but hasn't yet learned how to find them. In such cases, I feel that playing is far more important than coaching, as self discovery is more helpful than extra instruction. Not always of course, but more often than you would think.

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