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Chess, Skill, and Practice

One simple realization can help all beginner and intermediate chess players learn more effectively. It can also help parents who are teaching their young children! A chess game is a test of skill. If you want to get better at soccer, what do you do? You practice the skills you intend to use in a game. If you want to get better at math, you solve problems repeatedly until you are confident in your ability. To learn a language, you have to have actual conversations that will prepare you to use it in the real world. To improve your chess, you must practice the exact skills you will use in a real game! This sounds simple, but most beginners don’t...

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