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  • GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes GM Gabuzyan Hovhannes

The Key to Speed up Your Growth in Chess

Use this to speed up your growth in chess or in any other area of life.

Improvement Hacks | 2 min read
The Key to Speed up Your Growth in Chess

Hi dear alpinists!

Yeah, this time no chess lovers, as you are trying to climb higher and higher on the mountain of your chess career 🙂 And if you don't have a clear answer to the question of how you are going to do it, I am sure you will find this article very useful.

Many people try to improve in chess, training openings, learning middlegames, and solving puzzles. These are indeed good ways of improving, but I think a general concept is really useful and important to understand.

Again, I’ve come to this conclusion during a class with one of my students. We had a puzzle, and I was waiting for the student to come up with a solution. Suddenly he said, "This is so hard, I can't solve it." My reply was the following, "If you want to become stronger, you need to solve problems above your level."

That wasn't a prepared answer. This concept came to my mind unexpectedly. I was only trying to share a secret.

Then I started thinking about my career mountain.

The moment climbing from 2200 to 2500 in 4 years was exactly that process. I was solving problems that initially seemed to be almost impossible for me.

I started learning new openings, more challenging for me to understand, and training different middlegames in which I usually wasn't very confident.

GM Gabuzyan's rating progress chart
Rating Progress Chart of Hovhannes Gabuzyan

The logic behind this is very simple. For example, if you have already mastered mate in 2, solving the same type of problems will not develop your solving skills. If you start improving to mate in 3,4,5 later, you will notice the difference.

The same applies to middlegames.

Let's assume you don't understand isolated pawn structures well enough. But if you start working on that, even if it seems too difficult, you will feel the difference in a short time. But, of course, it also matters how much effort you are ready to put in.

In general, this is a very simple but at the same time powerful topic. Some chess players are often concerned with the question, "Why am I not improving? I spend so much time working on chess!", and the answer is straightforward.

Instead of hanging around the material you are already good at, make it a little more painful and try to improve in the field you don't feel confident enough! As in many aspects, leaving your comfort zone is a strong move in your chess career.

From aside, you will look like a little kid in the elevator. You are not tall enough to press the required floor button and maybe at best, you can press floor 2. The comfort zone for you is floor 1 or even basement)

But if you are ready to put enough effort and struggle in the battle, there won't be any button you are not able to choose)

Good luck, champions. See you in the penthouse!

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Originally published Mar 15, 2020

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