About chess: new year, new chess resolution

By some estimates, less than 8% of people are sticking to their New Year’s resolutions, yet millions of Americans continue to set goals with high hopes of a better year ahead. Whatever you want to achieve with chess in 2022, it’s about sticking to your goals. Before setting your own goals, it’s important to remember a few tips:

  • keep it simple. Your chances of sticking to a resolution are much higher if the resolution is simple.
  • Make it measurable. “What is measured is managed.” Don’t set resolutions that are hard to follow.
  • Be positive. Don’t give up if you miss a day. Celebrate the progress you’ve made, hit reset and start over.

Therefore, here are several resolutions to consider:

1. More time for chess: Let’s face it – life happens and often our hobbies are pushed into the background. As we enter the new year, spend time playing chess every day or week. Block time in your calendar, get up early – whatever it takes to make sure you have time to play and study more.

2. mix it up: Are you stuck in a rut with your current game plan? Start exploring new options and decide to try a new opening or closing in your next game or tournament. Follow some of your favorite chess players and study how they play – then adjust some of their moves for your next match.

3. Join a chess club: Local chess clubs are a great way to learn more about chess, improve your skills and connect with other chess players. You can go to uschess.org and click “Clubs & Tournaments” and then “Chess Clubs” for an online directory of chess clubs affiliated with US Chess.

4. Get a chess coach: A good chess coach can help you identify your weaknesses and improve your chess study in those areas. You can seek personal coaching at your local chess club or access thousands of coaches online through various chess organizations and forums.

5. Attend a Championship Tournament: One of the best ways to improve your own game is to study the games of others, so consider attending the Cairns Cup, the Sinquefield Cup, the 2022 US Chess Championship, and the US Women’s Chess Championship, all hosted in the St. Louis Chess Club.

6. Play in a tournament: If you’ve been playing for a while but want to step up your game, consider entering a local tournament. Many chess clubs offer tournaments for different skill levels or players – or you can also participate in online tournaments and play against similarly skilled players across the country. Visit the St. Louis Chess Club website for more information about weekly online and in-person tournaments.

Whatever your resolution, remember to focus on what matters, play when you can and never give up. Chess is a lifelong affair.

The St. Louis Chess Club (STLCC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to a community forum to play tournaments and casual games, the club offers chess improvement classes, beginner classes, and special lectures. Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the St. Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting the chess programs that already exist in schools in the region, while encouraging the development of new programs for inside and outside the school.

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