Success at Correspondence Chess on RHP, ICCF, or any other organization takes depends on many things we may not have considered, for example:
1. Finding a game load that is enough to challange us, but is not overwelming, or too much for our lifestyle.
2. Finding an effective study program that gives us the necessary tools to become stronger
3. Developing an efficent system to record our moves and finished games without wasting time.
4. Finding someone who will anaylize our finished games, and advise us on stronger alternative moves.
5. Develop and openings system that will be effective in compitition as well as one we feel comfortable with.
6. Arrange a playing and/or study area that is both free of distrations, and where we have everything we need close by
7. Find a schedule that will allow us to balance our study and playing time, because both are necessary if we wish to become stronger players.
8. Set worthy goals to pursue ie: a rating, a tournament win, a victory over a stronger player etc. Because without worthy goals, we will never reach our true potential as players.
9. Finding compitition with time controls that keeps us playing and studying on a consistent basis, while allowing enough flexibility to account for illness, long work hours, family emergencies, computer availability etc.
It's imporntant to realize that success in Correspondence Chess depends just as much on the items listed above, as it can on our natural playing gifts. It will require time and effort to develop these items to our benefit... Fortune favors the persistent!