Originally posted by jjjeff1You seem to be on the right track for improvement. I would add a solid opening system, and some endgame study to your list of things to do. Not a lot of rote memorization required here, just playing through games in your opening system, looking for for new ideas, and 1-2 hrs a week spent on endgame study can be a big help.
Im mostly an OTB player and im hoping to improve my game. I have a FICS standard rating around 1530 and ive been playing seriously for about 3/4 a year(before that just a couple times a year). Im 14(not sure if that matters) and i spend about 2 hours a day playing chess. I ordered a program called Chess Tactics for Intermediate Players from convekta and it s ...[text shortened]... what is the best thing I could study (and if i need anything for that where could i get it?)?
Originally posted by gaychessplayerI Agree! Actually, I was going to recommend the same thing, well-annotated master games. You get all facets of the game, explained, and shown completely. Plus, I think it really helps your chess intuition. When you go over plenty of games you gain not only pattern recognition, but positional knowledge. It helps you make plans during your own games. This is also the most fun way to "study," at least for me. It's enjoyable going over great games.
The first ever World Correspondence Chess Champion, IM Cecil Purdy, once wrote that the only infallible (his word!) method of improving one's play is to play over well-annotated master games.
Originally posted by jjjeff1Solving chess puzzles should improve your standard of play a lot. At class level, most games are decided by tactical lapses. If you're sharp at tactics, you'll also "pull rabbits out of hats", i.e. you'll win some games that you should have lost.
Ok. Ive been reading winning chess strategy, which has annotated games showing strategy plus tips. Ive also been reading a chess puzzle book and solving those. I also have a book checked out that talks about calculation and i might read that. What im assuming is the way to play over annotated games is to read the book and play with a real life board? Ive hea ...[text shortened]... p you improve, but will doing chess puzzles help? And playing?
-Thanks for all the help-