How To Quickly Improve Your Chess Game


Is it possible for a newbie to chess to acquire enough knowledge and skill to improve 600 ranking points in 90 days?

For most people, it’s not enough to just play chess and leave it at that. If it is a game, it is also a quest for mastery and a continuous call for improvement.

To help our members on their chess mastery journey, we looked at chess players who significantly improved their game over a relatively short period of time.

We analyzed players who started below the beginner’s score of 800 (after enough games to give us confidence in our estimate of their level), and then hit an intermediate score of over 1400 in just 90 days.

I will call these players “Rapid enhancers”.

Take this advice and you might win more games of chess.

It is an impressive achievement. What have these players done to improve so much in such a short time, and what should you do to improve in the same way?

Here are the four things chess players who improve quickly do to improve:

1. Fast improvers play a lot more games of chess.

While it may seem obvious, just playing more games is one of the most important habits to develop on your path to mastering chess. We found that our players who were improving quickly played two to three times as many games in a week as the other players who were not improving as much.

Recommendation: Aim for around 10 quick games almost every day if you want to improve as quickly as possible. Or just play a game or two more than what you’re currently playing to improve steadily at a more moderate pace. The key is to play, play, play.

2. Fast improvers analyze most of their games.

Those who improve their game the most are about twice as likely to use the game report, retry errors, and other analysis features available after each game. Some 74% of gamers who improve quickly review their games on a regular basis, compared to 41% of other gamers.

Recommendation: After each game, take a few moments to review your game report and analyze or try again your mistakes. It doesn’t take long, but it does make a significant difference when you learn from your real mistakes in your own games.

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This quick trick (analyze your games) makes you almost twice as likely to improve quickly at chess.

3. Fast Improvers play Puzzle Rush more.

It might not seem like much, but on average our Quick Improvers completed an additional Puzzle Rush per week, and it seemed to have had a big impact. Their personal best scores started around the site average of 14 and then climbed steadily to over 25 over the year we tracked them. That’s an 86% improvement!

Recommendation: Try playing two Puzzle Rush games almost every day. This habit leads to faster pattern recognition and instincts essential to chess. The best part about Puzzle Rush is you learn without even knowing it, and it’s fun too.

4. Quick improvers only teach a few more lessons.

As with Puzzle Rush, it seems that a slight difference in the use of lessons makes a big difference in the results. Our rapidly improving students only completed one more lesson per week than those who did not improve so quickly.

Recommendation: Try to complete one lesson per day. Each lesson only takes about five minutes, but the overall impact on your playing really adds up over time.

The bottom line:

All players can improve their chess games, but like any other skill, it takes constant commitment and time.

If the four recommendations seem too heavy for you, don’t worry. Just do one or two and you can get closer to the ideal compared to your current habits.

Over time, all of your constant effort to follow these recommendations, even a little bit, will result in improvements to your chess game.

Good luck! And may you too be known as a “quick improver” in the near future.


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