How to Multiply Good Results in Chess

Article by GM Avetik Grigoryan

In the previous article, I have shared with you 5 important steps to stop bad results.

Now let’s see what to do when we are in our winning season: we win tournaments in a row, we win when playing online, raise hundreds of rating points.

Is there a way to multiply our results? Yes, there is! And it’s very simple.
Ready? Let’s go. 

Snowball Effect
Do you remember the snowball effect from the previous article?


Rolling snowball_ snowball effect Chess blog by grandmasters chessmood

Let me quickly remind you. 

When we play badly, we lose our mood, our confidence and as a result, we start to play worse. When we play worse, we lose even more confidence, our mood becomes even worse and so on.

Now the good thing! The snowball effect also works when we are doing very well!
Here is how: when we play well our mood gets better, we become more confident and as a result, we start to play better. When we play better, we become much more confident and as a consequence, we produce better results.

The key here is: KEEP THE MOMENTUM 


The Law of Momentum_ chess blog by grandmasters_ ChessMood blog


We just need to keep the momentum. We need to keep it going and push forward!


In such situations, most chess players, instead of pushing forward and keeping the momentum to work for them, take a break… Why?
The answer is quite simple: It happens because of fear.

The inner worm whispers to their minds saying: “I am so happy now and proud of results, what if I continue and I fail?” or “Finally I started to win, let’s take a break and enjoy this feeling.” 
Every one of us has such inner worms, but it's up to us whether to accept such thoughts or ignore them keeping the momentum.


There is a cool sport – Windsurfing. 


Here it's all about catching the wind. No fuel, no electricity, no artificially generated energy, just wind. Catch the wind at the right angle and you set sail.

If you watch competitions of this sport on TV, very often you’ll see someone being behind others and suddenly catching the wind and outstripping all the participants.


The same is in chess.
When we are in our winning season and we've caught the wind, we should try to get as far as possible using the momentum for us. Fear should not stop us.


One of the paradoxes I notice in many chess players is that they do the contrary. 

When they play badly, lose a lot of rating playing online chess, they start to play more to bring that rating back. The next morning they go to chess.com again and find out that the previous day they have lost 100 points.
Or, when they are in a winning season, played just 3 games and won all of them, instead of continuing playing more, they stop it enjoying their victories.

Note: This is absolutely fine if you play chess just for fun. But, if you want to improve your chess, your results are important for you and you are looking to accelerate them, take a break when it goes bad and keep the momentum, don’t stop the snowball when you are in your winning season.



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Article by GM Avetik Grigoryan