What if getting better
at chess was simple?
At The Chess Gym, we follow a simple and effective weekly training program.
The Chess Gym training program is based on 5 core principles.
We have streamlined your path to improvement by focusing on essential practices: playing, reviewing, and solving.
Effective chess study is challenging, regular, and varied, as seen in our daily position featuring diverse themes without hints. Success stories from players who improved later in life highlight consistent practice and regular over-the-board play, guiding our methodology.
Skills build cumulatively, requiring regular study to progress.
Our method begins with 10-15 minutes a day solving the daily position.
Chess players focus too much on ratings, yet true progress comes from focusing on the process.
At The Chess Gym, you will work on your skills instead of chasing rating points.
In our community, everyone is both a learner and a teacher, regardless of rating.
Join an active community with over 100 members from beginners to grandmasters.
“I just wanted to take a moment and say how much I appreciate the Chess Gym. I love the simplicity and the habit tracker.
This program mirrors so closely the program that I had adopted for myself of playing some blitz and puzzles every day and then on different days playing a rapid game, doing a calculation puzzle, or annotating a game. This gym is bringing that all together with a great community. Thanks!”
Dr. Kevin Skull,
Chess Journeys: Tales of Adult Improvement
The Training Program
We do not believe in watching endless videos or following complicated training programs. At The Chess Gym, we focus on playing, reviewing, and solving.
Solve the daily position and submit your solution
When you have submitted your solution you will be able to read other members analysis and learn.
Play one 30+20 sparring game
We believe that this time control is optimal for online sparring games.
Annotate the game and share it
Botvinnik famously said “Chess is the art of analysis.“, and you will practice this skill by annotating your games and getting feedback from the community
Go over and analyze the weekly solitaire game
The solitaire game will teach you new tactical and strategic ideas.
FM Nate Solon
The Chess Gym Head Coach
Daily Calculation & Evaluation
Every day we post three daily positions ranging in difficulty from fundamental to hard. You should aim to spend 10-15 minutes on solving the position and to write down your analysis. After you have found a solution you submit it and compare notes with the other members of the community.
The positions are a mix of tactics, positional moves, traps, unclear positions, and interesting positions from real games. We aim to make the practice as close to a game situation as possible.
Build Healthy Habits
Track your weekly chess training at The Chess Gym with our straightforward habit tracker. Simply check off completed tasks to enhance self-awareness and monitor your progress effortlessly, visualizing your journey towards improvement.
Easy To Use
Our community uses the platform Circle to host our community. We have chosen this platform to offer our members something simple to use and navigate.
We aim to make only the essential channels in the community, so you can focus on the daily workout and interacting with the other community members.
FM Nate Solon
A seasoned chess player, once ranked among the top in his age group in the US, has reached his peak rating of 2327 FIDE. Currently, he contributes to the chess community as a coach and the writer behind the Substack Zwischenzug.
Martin B. Justesen
Dedicated chess enthusiast, who began his journey at 18 and co-founded the #chesspunks community on Twitter. He’s also authored several chess tactics books. Writes the newsletter Say Chess on Substack.
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