Talk of improvement is cheap! Actually doing it is hard!


Here is one of the questions I am asked all the time: Why do many extremely young talented players face stagnation after reaching around 2400-2500-2600?

There are many reasons. Here are just some of them:

  • Lack of personal and professional discipline
  • Lack of diligence
  • Lack of objective assessment to pinpoint strengths/weaknesses
  • Lack of specific high level training to fix weaknesses/enhance natural strengths
  • Lack of motivation and direction, etc.

Playing tournaments after tournaments will earn you valuable experience, but that is not enough because you can only go so far with just experience. Every player in these levels have strengths and weaknesses. There is no complete player in chess, not even Carlsen, Kasparov, or Fischer, etc.

This is why it is critically important to have competent top-level coaches to help you, ones who truly care about the players' progress and not just the money.

This is what we provide at SPICE. But unfortunately, even with the best opportunities, not all players are willing, ready, or even able to fully commit to do all the above steps to improve.

Many believe or say that they have what it takes and they are willing to work hard when given the opportunity. But few actually can fully do it because of too many outside distractions. This is why the levels of improvement vary from player to player.

If being the best is easy then everyone can do it. Talent alone is not enough. Because of this, few can reach the pinnacle of chess or any sport, and even fewer can maintain the same level of excellence and success for decades. So as I said above, talk is cheap. Showing actual results is much harder!


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