ChessMood 3 months ago

NEW ARTICLE: How to Improve the Quality of Your Chess Training
Hey Champions!

We have this topic in our Blog:

If you have any questions, comments or you just liked it, feel free to share your thoughts here. 


Hunan Rostomyan

Hunan Rostomyan 3 months ago

Very helpful article. Thanks for writing it!
David Flynn

David Flynn 3 months ago

But it fails to answer the main question. With distractions out of the way, what are the causes of loss of concentration? If it was just as simple as keep at it (this isn't just a chess problem either)...

Can I offer:
Wrong difficulty of material
Poor material (e.g. badly explained, alternative reasonable moves not considered)
Boring and/or repetitive
Too often need to work out what is the next thing to do, or need to think about the process rather than do it
Situation novelty vs knowing what to do and being organised to do it already
Over-training (including marathon sessions vs regular)
Too much of one task (including wrong mix of playing vs study)
Insufficient breaks, or relaxation
Not attending to all the other things in life that are nagging you
Poor fitness and diet
Sleep hygiene or other factors tiring oneself (such as a day of work, family, ...)
Long time before any payoff that can make one excited about more training
Plateaus or even dips
Lack of others to share with, or compete against

David Flynn

David Flynn 3 months ago

But I absolutely agree with the quantity vs quality argument. Also the quantity should reflect somewhat level and whether one is a focused professional or someone who has school or work also to contend with (and all the other things in life are competing for the remaining hours).

There is a fair bit of information on study time lengths for example for piano players. Maybe some guidelines on what and how long to study for rating levels and commitment could be offered?
Llorenç Boldú Zabih

Llorenç Boldú Zabih 3 months ago

In 2019 after many years without playing I lost 218 FIDE rating points so I left the game and now I have a nice time solving studies. :))
David Flynn

David Flynn 3 months ago

Why does rating matter so much, particularly in such a short period.

Not too long ago I played a team of 50 somethings that hadn't played since university, and they got back to where there were 2000+ quite quickly. Another example is Nick Arkell who got back to around 2200 in a couple of years after not playing for a long while (though I suppose it helps if your brother is a GM).

Shahinur Haque

Shahinur Haque 3 months ago

Thank you very much for a golden piece of advice.
amit mishra

amit mishra 3 months ago

I really like your article !
Kunchala Saiteja

Kunchala Saiteja 3 months ago

This information is really helpful to us keep it up. After reading this article I decided to work with dedication and also concentration with some punishments for my blunders. Like analising the game and if I defete by others in a game i will find  my mistake what is that move where I move wrong and also what is the right move. 

Coming to the article it is very easy for reading and understanding the meaning of words I like the quotation of sun Tsu which is related to battle. Keep going I am with you. 

Thank you brother of my chess mood family

Mateo Jackson

Mateo Jackson 3 months ago

Very helpful coach I will stop all distractions and when i have to calculate i will push. p.s. I will do squats for you!
Nils Philipp

Nils Philipp 1 week ago

Yes. Yes. Yes.

And I had to think of a book I read some time ago: "Deep Work" by Cal Newport. 

One thing to add:

Even if you do not focus too much on "improvement" in a sense of having better results in practical chess (or to use Coach Gabuzyan's word: not the highest worrier spirit) - creating circumstances for concentrated/deep work on chess will very likely be rewarded with mental enjoyment (aha effect/momentum).