"Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results!"
And yet, I keep seeing countless young and very talented chess players making the same mistakes over and over again without improving or fixing these mistakes!
Yes, it is easier to make excuses when one loses. Yes, it is easier to blame others for one's losses and failures. Yes, it is easier to brush one's loses under the rugs and try to forget about them.
But it takes a champion to man up to it, be brutally objective in assessing the causes, and come up with unbiased and efficient solutions to fix the deficiencies. 99% of the chess players in the world fail in these two key areas.
There are no perfect chess players, just as there are no perfect chess computers, yet.
If you carefully examine games of every chess player, including grandmasters, world champions, and even chess computers, you will find that there are particular areas each player is less efficient in. The higher level players you play against, the more likelihood that your opponents will spot your weaknesses and exploit them.
The same thing happens in other sports. In tennis, you will see top level players like Djokovic, Federer, or Nadal sometimes will hit a lot more balls to a particular side. Why? Because they have complete analytic to show their opponents’ precise weaknesses.
Efficient and effective chess improvement.
Knowing what I stated above, it is much more effective to focus some of your training time on improving specific weaknesses rather than just random chess improvement.
My recommendation for the average chess players is to spend at least 50% of your time working on improving precise weaknesses, and the other 50% on general improvement such as tactic, endgame, middlegame strategy, etc.
There are many factors which come to play to be a champion: Here are just a few of them:
- Chess Knowledge and Understandings (Opening, Middlegame, Endgame, Tactic, Strategy, etc.)
- Physical Fitness & Stamina (One has to be extremely fit to endure the brutal competition and maintain the same level of sharpness and energy throughout the game and tournament, etc.)
- Mental Toughness (Champions play to win while many play not to lose)
- Emotional Ruggedness (Winning and losing are a part of sports, and one must be able to stay calm, cool, and collected at all times, no matter the results or surroundings)
- Relentless Pursuit of Improvement (No human will ever fully “master” chess. So unless one is willing to be disciplined, work hard, and continue to improve everyday, others will rise above)
- The X-Factor (Many players are equally strong, knowledgeable, and tough. But most do not become Champions, and even if they do, it is short lived. It takes that X-Factor to be the absolute best)
Just remember that winning is a habit but unfortunately so is losing! It is up to you to pick the right road to winning! Choose wisely!