Personal training is of course a very effective way of increasing your playing strength. Below I list the most important areas in which to train and also point out the possibilities to involve a coach.
Playing is the most intensive form of training because the emotional context allows you to reach the highest level of concentration. In addition, you get a good insight into the status quo and create the conditions for game analysis.
Analyzing your games
Of course, you can only fully benefit from the wealth of experience that comes from playing if you also analyze your games. In this context, it should be mentioned that blitzing on the Internet without subsequent analysis is of relatively little use, apart from entertainment. I therefore recommend the ambitious chess friend to play only as much (1-2 hours?) as one can subsequently process analytically. Here is a list of possible goal for the analysis:
- Solving the opening problem
- Understanding the course of the game: Who was better when and why?
- Broadening your general chess understanding by recognizing new concepts and patterns.
- Categorization of the mistakes in order to better understand one’s own strengths/weakness profile and, if necessary, to adjust the training measures accordingly
The analysis with the engine should be regarded as the minimum program. It provides information on mistakes, better alternatives and the evaluation of the position. However, it does not automatically provide you with information on a conceptual level. It therefore only makes a limited contribution to achieving the above goals and does not really prevent the same mistakes from being repeated in other environments.
>>> I hence consider the online game analysis with a professional to be one of the best forms of training out there. With my students this method is very popular.
Preparing your games
Preparing your games not only improves your chances for success, but also boosts your opening skills. There is no better opening training than the one motivated by an upcoming game. Here is how I can help.
General middlegame training
- An objective value system
- An overview of all existing positional categories and concepts including sample games
- The largest possible vocabulary of structures and micro-patterns
Tactics training is very important because you actually practise three different skills here:
- Tactical patterns
- Tactical mechanisms
- Visioning (moving the pieces in the mind’s eye)
Building a reasonable opening repertoire
The start of the game is particularly important, as it might determine the rest of the game in a decisive manner. A good opening repertoire should meet the following requirements:
- Resource-sensitive (matching strengths, weaknesses, age, available time, etc.)
- Economical (efficient and sustainable)
Special middlegame training
>>> My opening training naturally includes the middlegame logic and is therefore to be understood as opening and special middlegame training at the same time.
>>> I am working with an extensive overview of the principles and a large collection of well-annotated model games.
>>> I have summarized the most important constellations and key positions on the subject of “rook endings” and also highlighted the recurring principles. The digital training material is ideal for quickly repeating what has been learned.
EUR 50 per hour, EUR 40 per hour for children and juveniles