Science has shown that deliberate practice was the main factor for expert performance. It is not talent, but the actual number of hours you dedicate to your craft.
For more on the science, you can read “the role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance” or the making of an expert for a lighter read.
What exactly is deliberate practice?
Continue reading “Deliberate practice for chess”
I recently created a training plan for myself, but I’ve kept on procrastinating. Then I realized that the reason why I didn’t start my training program was that I purchased a resource (The Grandmaster’s Secrets ) and I didn’t use it in my plan.
Continue reading “Detour #1: The grandmaster’s secrets”
Here are the five sites I can’t do without! All of them are free and help with a different area of chess. Continue reading “My top 5 free chess resources”
Last week was not a productive week chess-wise. I did nothing and really didn’t feel like working on chess: I had no motivation. I face this problem regularly.
So, what to do about it? How to get back on track?
Continue reading “How to get back on track?”
I used to study two to three resources (books, videos or courses) at a time and had good results with this method.
So, why did I decide to focus on one resource at a time versus diversified study?
Continue reading “Why I chose focused study”
Chess is in fact a role playing game where your level is your rating, your character is yourself.
In order to beat a higher rated opponent, you need to become stronger, you need to train and level up. Continue reading “Chess is a RPG”
When studying anything, I’ve always struggled with consistency. I would procrastinate most of the time and cram before an exam or a chess tournament: not an effective method.
I’ve tried for years to study for one hour on week days – not a lot when you’re in college, but better than nothing. I would keep my resolution for 2 days maybe 3 and then I went back to my old habits.
I’m not very good at change. In fact, I don’t like the process of changing. It’s uncomfortable and tiring.
Continue reading “How I went from 0 to 2 hours of training a day”
My learning style is 15% auditory, 35% visual and 50% tactile. I’m a “hands-on” learner, I need to do a lot of exercises to remember anything. I’m also, to a lesser extend, a visual learner, I memorize well with videos.
GM Igor Smirnov’s courses are divided in 2 parts: the first one is the video lessons and the second one is the practical part which contains exercises. So his lectures fit my learning style.
Continue reading “Why I chose GM Igor Smirnov as my mentor”
I recently bought the book Chess Exam And Training Guide and I took the whole test in a day (it was a Sunday). The results were eye-opening! Because of those results, I decided to build my training plan so as to focus on my biggest “real” weaknesses first. Continue reading “My training plan”
Chess Exam And Training Guide: Rate Yourself And Learn How To Improve (Chess Exams) is a great resource to help you build your training plan. This book helps you identify your weak and strong points and tells you what to study to improve. Continue reading “Review #1 : Chess Exam And Training Guide”