How to Become a Titled Player? (part-1)
Would you like to become a titled player ( FM, IM, GM )? Most chess players would answer “Yes, it would be cool!” This can be pretty nice indeed. Titled players have more possibilities to play in strong tournaments, better financial conditions, free access to Internet resources (game zones, etc.), more respect, higher self-confidence during a game, and the list can go on… Getting a chess title is more important for professional players, but even if you are an amateur you’ll still find some useful ideas for raising your chess level. So, how to become a titled player ? You may be thinking the answer is obvious: one needs to train intensively and play in tournaments. Although this is certainly correct, there are some other important things as well. I know some players who study chess for 8-hours a day during many years, and they are not even International Masters. On the other hand we know quite a lot of very young players with 2300-2600 rating. They could not study chess for many years, simple because their overall age is too small. Thus it’s not just a matter of intensive training. So what helps some players achieve FM/IM/GM titles quicker than others? Those who don’t know the answer to this question can say: “It’s because of their talent.” This reminds me of ancient people who explained lightning by saying “These are God’s arrows.” This is a good way to sidestep the question, but certainly we can provide a lot more precise and clear answer...