Wise words

The wisest things anybody ever said about chess improvement:
...Almost all players lose the overwhelming majority of their games not because of things they don#8217;t know, but because of not consistently applying things they do know.



"Chess is more a game of skill than a game of knowledge"

" > If you want to get better at chess you need to place much less emphasis on 'study' whereby you increase your knowledge of positions, and place more emphasis on 'training,' whereby you try to solve problems, play practice games, or perhaps try to beat a strong computer program from an advantageous position > ." (25).

 -- Jonathan ROWSON

A knowledge of tactics is the foundation of positional play. This is a rule which has stood its test in chess history and one which we cannot impress forcibly enough upon the young chess player. A beginner should avoid Queen's Gambit and French Defence and play open games instead! While he may not win as many games at first, he will in the long run be amply compensated by acquiring a thorough knowledge of the game./em

-- Richard RETI

One of the main aims has been to highlight the differences in approach between a Grandmaster and a weaker player, and to try and narrow the gap. To some extent this comes down to technical matters - more accurate analysis, superior opening knowledge, better endgame technique and so forth; but in other respects the difference goes deeper and many readers will find that they need to rethink much of their basic attitude to the game. One example of this would be the tremendous emphasis which is placed on the dynamic use of the pieces, if necessary at the expense of the pawn structure, or even of material. This is no mere question of style; it is a characteristic of the games of all the great players.

-- Peter Griffiths

If you have any doubt what to study, study endgames. Openings teach you openings. Endings teach you chess/em.


The Most Common OTB Mistakes:
  1. Playing too fast because of overconfidence
  2. Not recognizing the critical moment
  3. Playing too fast because of carelessness
  4. Being overcautious
  5. Guarding instead of moving
  6. Miscounting
  7. Allowing a removal of the guard tactic
  8. Not adjusting from one phase of the game to another, or not playing differently when way ahead or behind
  9. Counterattacking a guarded rook when an unguarded minor piece is attacked
  10. Not developing all your pieces
  11. Making threats that are easily parried
  12. Overlooking that your move can be easily refuted by a check, capture, or threat
  13. Not asking yourself, #8220;What are all the reasons my opponent made that move?#8221;
  14. Repeatedly making the same opening mistake


..we are all occasionally guilty of underestimating the richness
of ideas which lie beneath the surface of even the simplest, quietest-looking

nbsp;-- Mark DVORETSKY

If you want to get better, you have to change.

Jan Przewoznik and Marek Soszynski

Don't play for traps! Don't hope that your opponent does something stupid! ... After deciding on the move you intend to play, ask yourself, "What wonderful thing does my move do for my position?"

nbsp;-- Jeremy SILMAN

"The most important feature of the chess position is the activity of the pieces. This is absolutely fundamental in all phases of the game (opening, middlegame and strongespecially endgame). The primary constraint on a piece's activity is the Pawn structure.

-- Michael STEAN

Deux fous gagnent toujours, mais trois fous, non!

-- Alexander ALEKHIN, on the advantage of the Two Bishops at amateur level, and perhaps a reminder to walk before we can run

Any more wise words out there?