Chess Training Plan | Lesson # 102

Chess players must have a training plan if they want to make the best out of their time. Your coach is planning to start playing Chess tournaments again and in order to do it effectively, proper training is necessary. In this lesson, NM Robert Ramirez shares how he is getting organized and how you could create your own training plan. Hope you find it useful!

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00:00 Intro
01:20 Training Plan
02:15 Tactics Training Day
06:04 Strategy Training Day
07:31 Blitz or Rapids Games?
08:17 Endgames Training Day
09:32 Openings Training Day
10:44 Weekend Training?
11:03 Why you need a Chess training plan
11:48 Don’t like Chess books?
14:08 Chess Training Log
15:09 Like & Subscribe if you enjoyed this video

My Book Recommendations:

First tactics book:
Mixed tactics book:
Advanced tactics book:
Advanced tactics book (II):
Carlsen’s book (excellent):
Kramnik’s book (excellent):
Pirc Defense book:
Endgames book:

Learn how to play Chess the right way from beginner to master level. National Master Robert Ramirez will take you up the pyramid by following a proven Chess training program he has been improving and implementing for over 10 years.

Benefits of Playing Chess:
​- Promotes brain growth
– Increases problem-solving skills
– It exercises both sides of the brain
– Raises your IQ
– Sparks your creativity
– Teaches planning and foresight
– Teaches patience and concentration
– Optimizes memory improvement
– Improves recovery from stroke or disability
– Helps treat ADHD
Chess is an intellectual battle where players are exposed to numerous mental processes such as analysis, attention to detail, synthesis, concentration, planning and foresight. Psychological factors are also present on and off the board; playing Chess stimulates our imagination and creativity. Every single move a player makes is the result of a deep analysis based on the elements presented on the battlefield.

Chess in its essence teaches us psychological, sociological and even moral values. In a Chess game, both players start with the same amount of material and time. The fact that the white pieces move first is considered to be practically irrelevant —especially because a player typically plays one game as white and one game as black. Consequently, the final result of the battle solely depends on each player. It doesn’t matter if you win by taking advantage of your opponent’s mistakes or by simply avoiding mistakes yourself. Truth is that Chess is an extremely individual sport and our defeats can only be blamed on ourselves and no one else. And this, in the end, only benefits us because we learn to be and feel responsible for our actions and never come up with excuses to justify ourselves.

We also learn that when it comes to our victories on the board, our opponent’s mistakes play a more significant role than our own skills. Let’s not forget that a Chess game without any mistakes would be a draw. This way, Chess provides us with another valuable life lesson: be humble at all times.

About National Master Robert Ramirez:

With an outstanding background as a professional Chess player and over 8 years of teaching experience, Robert Ramirez brings both his passion and his expertise to the board, helping you believe & achieve!

Robert Ramirez was introduced to the fascinating world of Chess when he was 5 years old and has participated in prestigious tournaments such as the World Open Chess Tournament and the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Championships. Thanks to his performance, he has earned his National Master title from the United States Chess Federation.

Currently, NM Ramirez and his carefully selected team teach at several private schools in the counties of Miami-Dade and Broward and they also offer private lessons. He says the key to their success as Chess coaches is their ability to adapt to every student and to make lessons fun and interesting for students and even their family members.


  1. We finally have a strong and well organized opening course for White and one for Black. With these and the FREE beginner to master level playlist from this YouTube channel, it’s all about consistency over an extended period of time 😎💪 ⬇Course on Black Opening (Counterblow) on White Opening (First Strike) Playlist (beginner to master level) the Endgame Knowledge I have the Strategy Knowledge I have

  2. Hahaha I tried to take this seriously, but how can you take a person with a Mexican accent seriously? 🤷🏻‍♂️🤣🤣🤣

  3. Hello guys! Please, see below a few things I did not mention in this video:1) I did not mention "reviewing games played by professional players" because you will get that from many strategy books2) I did not mention "analyzing your own games" because we have talked about it in other videos and you guys should already be doing so3) Here are specific part of other lessons that will help you get the most out of your training:a) Tip to read Chess books or review Chess games effectively My training Secret How to prepare any opening How to get the most out of your tactics training (mate in 4) How to do Puzzle Rush Other training exercises to test your Chess talent Fun training exercise to review and analyze classical games Tips for beginners on how to improve their vision of the board **Feel free to support this channel by liking 👍 subscribing and hitting the 🔔 — thank you in advance and see you on lesson # 103 😎🙌

  4. Sir, can you please confirm me if there os any more theory that needs to be learnt in the czech pirc.. I have been playing it, thanks to your lessons but I wanted to know if the series is already completed or not..

  5. sir , make a video on suggesting best chess books

  6. Please make a video about best chess books 🖤👍🏻

  7. Thank You for your wonderful coaching sir! It is really helpful!

  8. Hi, Mr. Ramirez. Thanks for another great video. How many hours do you suggest a player who wants to play tournament hires a personal coach per week? Or maybe less than every week?

  9. I am looking for a better puzzle site since I dont like the one suggested here.

  10. Hello Coach, I'm currently 1000 elo and really confused about what opening I should play please tell me the best opening for white I know you recommended the London system but I don't like that… But I really like the pirc for black please tell me coach the best opening for white

  11. Lichess also has this features of puzzle themes like cheesdotcom.
    You go to puzzle-puzzles dashboard-puzzles themes.

    Another great website for puzzles is CheesTempo

  12. Sir I love your chess series and salute to you 🤩

  13. totally doable. I need to study my endgames .and that training log was a useful idea while reading books
    waiting for that complex white opening. I will reduce my playtime to 3 longer games /week + 1 5|5 every day –playing many games reinforces bad ideas:{ instead reviewing GM games is better.

    should i start My Great predecessersors or Garrys/bobby KID games? are those doable at the mid 1300 level?
    training my prophylaxis today from mark's book.:}

  14. :(…Thank you for guidance coach.. Personally i felt that It would have been great if this session also had some lessons along with it.. I mean other than the training plans.. But as always , appreciate your effort.. Thank you coach

  15. Thank you for this great video series. Help me a lot in building my chess in general. Learn a lot from your Pirc videos, wondering if you had any recommendations for white.

  16. Very helpful. Any thoughts on when to mix in visualization exercises?

  17. Thanks! This is very helpful.

    One thing that I would add is that beginners should propably spend more time on tactics than anything else in their training imo. I learned how to play chess only 3 months ago through your channel. I started from 892 rating on lichess (rapid), right now I'm at 1804. So I improved by 912 points in ~100 days. I attribute most of my improvement to solving thousands of puzzles. So beginners, definitely train tactics a lot if you want to improve.

    The thing that I struggle with the most now is strategy and planning. So if anyone knows any good resources for learning that, preferably free or inexpensive, I'd appreciate some recommendations.

    BTW, Robert, what's the name of the book about judgment and planning you mentioned?

  18. Thank you so much for all your videos Mr. Ramírez!! I’m about 1500 USCF and I’m trying to get to 2000! Your videos are such a big help. I’m so happy to have found this channel.

  19. Yes, Euwe's Judgement and Planning in Chess did a lot for my understanding of the game. Auerbach's "Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge" boosted my rating by 200 points in the span of two tournaments (but I think the 100 Endgames book is probably more accessible).

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