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5 reasons having a chess coach can make you a better player

In this information age, you can acquire knowledge at your fingertips. There are thousands of YouTube videos which tell you how to improve your game. Truckloads of chess books in the market offer you methods and techniques. Where do you start learning? Where do you find an order in this chaos? How do you get concrete results?

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.” – Confucius

The Chinese philosopher Confucius understood the value of learning more than 1000 years ago! What happens when you passively browse though chess videos, books and aimlessly play chess online? You happen to be in danger of not learning effectively. 

Here are five reasons why having a chess coach can make you a better player:

  1. Guide

A coach’s responsibility is to guide you through the vast available information. Of course, there are thousands of chess books in the market. A reputed coach with his experience will make your life easier by suggesting the right book based on your current level and understanding. The mistake what most players do is they pick up a random book which they find interesting and dive into it, only to abandon it midway or failing to apply the methods taught in the book. In reality, the book is either too advanced for their current understanding, or may not be the right choice for their current level.

Anders Ericsson is a Swedish psychologist who is internationally recognized as a researcher in the psychological nature of expertise and human performance. Here’s what he has to say about having a coach:

“The best way to get past any barrier is to come at it from a different direction, which is one reason it is useful to work with a teacher or coach.”
― Anders Ericsson, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

2. Feedback

Decades-long of research on skill development stresses upon one important factor. What separates ordinary players from extraordinary players is — constant Feedback. 

“Even the most motivated and intelligent student will advance more quickly under the tutelage of someone who knows the best order in which to learn things, who understands and can demonstrate the proper way to perform various skills, who can provide useful feedback, and who can devise practice activities designed to overcome particular weaknesses.”
― Anders Ericsson, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

3. support

It’s a well-known fact that Open Tournaments have a cut-throat competition. A player has to play three rounds per day, in longer time controls. This leaves no time to prepare effectively against an opponent.  Most players end up not playing up to their standard or may lose winning games. They also constantly worry about what to play against their next opponent.

An experienced coach offers support during these grueling times. The coach will give specific tips and devise a strategy. Thus, a player confidently plays the game and gives his/her best on the board without worrying about anything.

I prepare myself well. I know what I can do before I go in. I’m always confident.

Psychologically, you have to have confidence in yourself and this confidence should be based on fact. – Bobby Fischer


4. Structure

There is a reason why strong players play well. It’s because they get concrete results for every hour they put in for studying chess. There is a structure in place. But where to begin? Only a well experienced can tell you that.

You need a personalized structure to move forward on the road of improvment. You should know what to do, how to do it to gain specific results.

Most players solve hundred of tactics and lose their game within 20 moves of play in tournaments! There’s nothing wrong in solving tactics but it’s pointless to invest your energy in wrong things. Once you have a structure in place, the desired results will automatically come.

5. Commitment

When you hire a chess coach for improving your game. It’s a sign of commitment because it means you are really serious about your improvement. Most people ‘wish’ they could improve, very few ‘will’ and make improvement happen.

A strong will is required to become a great Chess Player. – Bobby Fischer

FIDE Senior Trainer& International Master Vishal Sareen is one of the well-reputed coaches in the world. In his two decades long coaching career, he produced three Arjuna Awardees and overlooked chess progress of over hundreds of strong players.  If you want to start your success journey, mail us at with your name, 5 recent games, and the problems which you are currently facing in bullet points. We will get back to you with a personalized training plan for improvement.

ChessMine Academy—Champions are made, not born.

IM Tania Sachdev, GM Abhijeet Gupta and GM Pairmarjan Negi receiving the prestigious Arjuna.

Thank You..

The ChessMine Rapid+Blitz FIDE Rated Tournament kicked off on 5th of August, 2017. The event was a grand success with chess enthusiasts flocking from six countries.

We thank the whole Karnataka chess fraternity, players, parents, and coaches for choosing the ChessMine event. Special thanks to UKCA for extending their unparalleled support.

We thank our sponsors S.G Conventional Hall, Vardhaman College of Engineering, Akshaykalpa farms & foods, and Hope & Happiness. Without your support, this event wouldn’t have taken place.



Happiness Partner: Hope and Happiness

We chess players really understand the value of technology in their lives. Look around you–chess has just transformed completely in the last two decades, mostly thanks to technology.

But one of us understood that technology can also be used to make life better for kids. Kids who have autism.

Don’t frown, you. Autism is not a disease as many of us may imagine. It is a disorder.

People suffering from Autism has a huge potential, and Nishtha Gupta of Hope and Happiness makes them realize it by helping them to increase their focus and reduce hyper activeness.

Nishtha is an avid chess lover. She is an alumnus of IIT-Delhi.

Nishtha with GM Srinath Narayanan

The founder of Hope and Happiness, she fought all odds to become India’s first NGO that delivers customized products for children with Autism. ChessMine caught up with Nishtha to ask few questions:

When exactly did you come to know about autism, and Is there any story that you remember?

I first came across a documentary on Nat Geo while I was in my first year about taboos and that is what sensitised me and urged me to explore further. Next one year I tried to get in touch with organisations to let me volunteer there to no resolve. Ultimately I decided that technology is the area I should work upon. No one in India made technology at that time.

Parties that you talked to=companies or political organisations? Why were they after profit here?

By parties I meant possible stakeholders. It is always good to start in a team than all alone but most wanted money, rest name, and with non-passionate motives, a social impact cannot stand in the face of difficulties and make a longer run.

Any story that can connect chess with your cause?

Both are related to brain is what I can think of right now. Other than that I always had a desire of teaching chess to youngsters with autism, but then realized the very few who are able to play would come into the category of savants and that is something rarer than rare. I personally believe that we chess players, players of the game of the mind, should be well aware and sensitive towards developmental disorders pertaining to brain such as autism (doesn’t make a lot of sense though; everyone should be well aware).

ChessMine is proud to announce ‘Hope and Happiness‘ as our happiness partner. 

The timelines extended for registration

The timelines extended for registration: Registration fee will be accepted on the venue for those who send their participation consent by email/phone/message email: phone/message: 8848057156

We recommend players to send an email to, with name, FIDE ID, Date of Birth and the tournaments you want to play in (rapid only/rapid and blitz/blitz only).

We have waived off the late fee. Only 2 days left! Register now by clicking here.

Here’s what India’s Top Grandmasters have to stay about ChessMine Rapid + Blitz Tournament:

“I hope you guys will join me and we will have a great time here. Looking forward to this event!” GM Vidit Gujrathi

“When you are playing an event you are competing and you always want to compete against the best because only if you play against stronger opposition you will know where you are at and where you can develop your game.”  GM Abhijeet Gupta

“I am very happy to see this particular format in India. Hardly there are any strong rapid and blitz events unlike in Europe. Thanks to ChessMine it’s finally happening here.” GM SP Sethuraman

“Using this tournament as an opportunity, I am aiming to improve my classical game skills by playing against good and tough opponents in this rapid and blitz matches.” GM Karthikeyan Murali

Come, play chess and have fun! 

Who is Playing?

Two days to go for the Strongest Rated Open Tournament in Indian History!

Dear Players,

Those who have registered for the ChessMine Rapid+Blitz FIDE Rated Tournament.

Please send an email to, with your name, FIDE ID, Date of Birth and the tournaments you want to play in (rapid only/rapid and blitz/blitz only).

Haven’t registered yet? Then what are you waiting for?

We have waived off the late fee. Only 2 days left! Register now by clicking here.