Sunday, 13 September 2015

How to be a young chess grand master?

Have you ever wondered how a boy/girl become a Chess grandmaster before 20 years of their age?

Do you want to know the secrets of their success?

Want to make your child a Chess Grand Master?

This blog is exactly written to cater your needs...

These are the principles of Manufacturing young talents I share after a lot of research and analysis... 

Here we go... 


*** Best Grand Masters always started chess with building up their knowledge in the endgame

They always used main line chess openings since their childhood in their opening repertoire.
For example Bobby Fisher, Magnus carlsen, Sergey Karjakin, Nakamura, Kasparov, Wassely So, Aronian, Anish Giri used Ruylopez, Scotch, Sicilian Defense, Queens gambit, Grunfeld, Queens Indian, Nimzo Indian, French Defense as their main opening repertoire. They used second grade openings only to surprise the opponents occasionally. More importantly they used these openings from both colours

*** They improved their planning skills by thinking originally about target of action & piece play

The Lightening Kid
*** They improved their tactical skills by knowing the principles of tactical play not by solving as many tactical puzzles as they can.
For example Anand's tactical vision cultured by learning the principles of piece play, forcing moves and playing blindfold games during his childhood

*** They started searching for good coaches early in their childhood and trained with them for considerably long time. 
Simen Agdestein & Carlsen,  Nakamura & Sunil Veeramantry, Yury Dokhoyan, Sergey Karjakin & Alexander Motylev
Here is an interview of the coach GMChuchelov about their training methods who trained top child prodigy grandmasters Caruana and Anish Giri 

Kasparov & his trainer Mikhail Botvinnik
*** They played proper tournaments to test their skills. 
In an interview Gary Kasparov said that his trainers are very selective about the tournaments to be played by him. 
Now-a-days after introduction of "K-factor" by FIDE in chess tournaments it is very important for the children to select right tournaments for their faster rating progress and avoid loosing rating points in a random manner. If you want to know more about "K-factor and tournament rules read the following articles.

FIDE Rating chart of a player who played with out proper training & ignoring K-factor
Hence, if a player with out proper training plays a FIDE rated tournament he is risking of loosing K-factor  and so his rating will be reduced if he doesn't choose tournaments wisely. The same was true when he is playing under-rated tournaments with higher level of talent.

*** They never used computer engines for analysis of their games on first time analysis. However they used to check their analysis using engines after manual analysis. They used this process not only for their own games but also for studying master games as well. They used to play some practice games with the engines only to check their level of play.

*** As children they concentrated more on acquiring good endgame technique than anything else

Ding Liren is a Chinese chess grandmaster. In August 2015, he became the second Chinese player after Wang Yue to break into the top 10 of FIDE rating list. Ding is the highest rated and the highest ranked Chinese player ever to date.

*** They offered least concentration on the opening stage of the game as children though they tried to play all the openings from both colours and never tried to reduced their opening repertoire. Their primary aim from the opening is to get out of it and get a playable and comfortable middle game position where they can use their cultured strategical and tactical skills to fight for the advantage

*** They started learning chess very early stage of their childhood around 4-10 years of their age
For example follow this spread sheet.

Various Internet resources and my own physical references

This is a list of top grand masters of fide rating list released in September, 2015.


This is a list of young grand masters in the history of chess.

It is clearly evident that top players started their chess careers early in life and took best coaching and became grand masters before 20

*** They have great parents who always supported them through out their careers because chess requires a lot of time, money and sacrifice on part of players, parents and coaches

*** They always tried to play quality chess never bothered about the result of the game. These young prodigies improved day by day and learned from every mistake of their games. They constantly observed their games and always tried to improve quality in terms of positional play, tactical play, planning etc., using the algorithm set by their teachers

*** They always studied the master games and analyze them to understand the style of old masters, world champions and compared their style of playing with them

*** They always did a physical exercise to keep their body in good condition. These are some of the greatest quote from the mouth of masters

*** They analyze their games both won and lost