A Chess School is like the "next level up" for those wanting to significantly advance their playing ability.
Like any good school, you can expect to learn in an environment geared to developing your skill, as you emerse your mind in the organized training syllabus.
Three methods of Chess schooling really stand out:
1) A School You Visit
When you think of a school for chess, this is probably the first thing you imagine - a place where you visit and meet up with both your tutors and other students, where you can learn amongst others of similar ability, as well as learning from those of a higher skill level.
Should you have a problem, a tutor is present for you to seek advice; to helpfully give you their experience; and to challenge you to look at problems in a different way.
Most of these Chess Schools - the ones you visit - are 'extra curricular' ... that is, they're not part of a traditional school environment, but usually held during holiday periods, such as in the Summertime.
How influential can a school for chess be? ...
To answer that, you just need to look at Russia's "Soviet Chess School", which was created in 1920, by former USSR President, Vladimir Lenin (right).
Since its founding, this school has produced an fair number of Chess World Champions, including:
2) Website-based Schooling
Of course, as you're reading this, you already have access to the Internet, so you could take advantage of a Web-based tutorial package.
You know, maybe good schools are far from where you live and it seems costly to pay for the school lessons and accommodation on top ...
Instead of that, you can subscribe to an online chess school and learn from the comfort of your own home - convenient and cost-effective.
While you won't get the benefit of being able to work through problems in person (with your tutor), or build a social network of like-minded chess enthusiasts, the most important thing is you'll still get the training, from which to develop your game.
3) CD/DVD-based Schooling
Lastly, you can get a certain amount of Chess schooling from CD/DVD-based programs.
Initially, you may wonder about the difference between this type of learning and Web-based learning - afterall, both are less personal forms of learning than, say, visiting a School or Summer Camp; both will have video for you to watch; etc.
However, if you've got a slow Internet connection, you may find the video content takes ages to load, or suddenly 'freezes/pauses' part way through playing ...
can be is annoying and can affect your learning. It happens because, with the slower Internet connections, the video data is still being transferred to your computer while you're trying to watch it ...
All of a sudden, your player reaches the point where the video data hasn't been transferred yet, and so the video abruptly 'freezes'.
With all the video content stored on a CD/DVD disc, when it's in your computer, the data has less far to travel and plays seamlessly, allowing you to enjoy what's playing and concentrate on what you're learning.
If you live in an area where Internet access is slow, this - a CD/DVD-based Tutorial - would be better suited to your circumstance.
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