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  1. mikesmithchess
    February 7, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    Don’t play games to get better.
    Chess is strategy and tactics. Improve tactics by solving puzzles – plenty of free ones on internet or sign up to chess.com and use their tactics trainer. Study games to understand strategy.
    Study openings too – don’t just memorize the moves, actually get to understand the strategy behind the moves.
    When you do play a game, annotate it and study the moves after, preferably with the aid of a good computer chess engine like Fritz.
    But chess is mostly tactics. If you want to improve, then practice tactics and puzzles. After a while certain patterns will stick in your mind and they will start to stand out in games.

    • Roger Osorio
      February 7, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

      Thanks for the great advice, Mike! I really appreciate the guidance. I will certainly post about this again to give an update on my progress.