Super-coach GM R.B. Ramesh on Chess Training, Improvement, & Psychology | Dojo Talks

GM R.B. Ramesh discusses various aspects of chess improvement, psychology, and what it takes to become a strong player.

0:00 Intro
1:07 Pro Chess Training Overview
4:28 GM Ramesh’s Bio
6:32 Favorite tools for chess training
9:22 What kind of work should students do at home?
18:14 Priorities for chess improvement
22:50 The importance of good effort
24:57 What should a player study at home?
30:39 Do players spend too much time on openings?
32:50 The twin tracks of calculation & logic
34:40 Knowing is not doing
42:32 Are training games useful for improvement?
45:15 How Ramesh works with his students
51:58 How to analyze your own games
1:07:50 Common mistakes by young players
1:18:30 Summary/final thoughts

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Ramesh’s book: Fundamental Chess – Logical Decision Making –

Game Analysis Checklist –

Priorities for Chess Improvement –

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37 Comments

  1. Amazingly useful, thanks Ramesh for joining!

  2. Yusupov books (boost your chess /chess evolution/build up your chess) 9books in total
    Or
    Excelling at chess series (5books)
    Which is better ?

  3. Was Ramesh intentionally pausing and doing some clicking when he was talking about the importance of concentration and not being distracted?

  4. this is great, and he seems like a lovely guy ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I woul like to get the sheet list how can i get it?,so I enjoy it and lern a lotGreat I came

  6. GM Ramesh perfectly describes the growth mindset vs the fixed mindset. Learning and improvement is always possible with the right positive mindset! Great chat! Thanks!

  7. Another great sensei ! All the pieces of advice he gives are very relevant outside of chess as well.

  8. just wonderful! and well summarized by kostya just before the end. really appreciate this interview! we need one on chess coaching from Ramesh also – how should coaches be ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Where can we buy Rames's book? Can you send me a link please. Thank you!

  10. GM Ramesh is a blessing to Indian Chess Community

  11. I love GM Ramesh's analogy on learning to swim. You can watch an instructional DVD each day for a month, but even after all that instruction, I'll drone if you toss me in the pool. You have to play chess to gain experience and drive the lessons home.

  12. The best chess podcast interview Iโ€™ve seen ty

  13. Excellent advice, nothing less expected from a world class trainer as Ramesh guided with the wonderful questions and commentaries by Kostya!

  14. GM Ramesh, this is so great! Thank you for sharing really professional ideas and methods. I will join your training courses!

  15. Really appreciate the topic "indexing" on a long video like this – with such a respected teacher!

  16. 17:34 What would he have said to this question before talking about his priorities?

  17. Wow This video is gold on yt by one on of the best coach, thx kostya/chess dojo

  18. I Am watching this video on daily basis.. repeatedly… Really master piece..

  19. Thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚ Couldn't join PCT training for 1800+ because I'm 2300 online but don't have a FIDE rating yet. But I'm very glad I listened to this interview. I will try to apply all of this in my study plan for 2023. As always, thank you Chessdojo for sharing all this content, for free, with your community. Thank you & merry christmas to everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Wisdom is universal.

    For example, we don't truly understand something until we know what we feel and feel what we know.

    You need to be able to put into words what you feel. Likewise, you need to feel what the words describe.

    His observation on knowing and doing is fascinating because he's come to the same conclusion through a different sport and life experiences.

    There are more gems like this that might fly under the radar just how thoughtful they are and applicable in all aspects of life.

  21. Thank you!๐Ÿ’ชโค๏ธโœจ๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  22. The accent is very strong its hard for me to understand..

  23. Pinpoint and nutshell advice,your talk shall boost the learning process of chess players ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

  24. I have to express my thanks for Mr. Ramesh for providing advice as well as the attachments in the description. Thank you ChessDojo for providing us with this video.

  25. i put it on my favorites what a nice man and with a lot of great knowledge it sounds like Wisdom

  26. Best chess (and to anything in general really) advice I've heard in a long time. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Such a shame that for such an important interview, no one bothered to check the sound on Ramesh's microphone before recording started. That's just so amateurish Chess Dojo! Ramesh was a real catch and the interview is very poorly recorded. Many (like me) will leave instead of struggling to hear the whole thing. One big demerit!

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