By what is success in chess determined? Usually, in answer to this question, two necessary factors are singled out: talent and work.
However, ability and a desire to work, on their own, are insufficient. Of great significance are physical condition, com-petitive character and the ability to concentrate during a game. It is no less important to choose correctly the direction of the work and to be able to carry it out qualitatively.
Of course, this is by no means a simple problem. At the first session of our school we try to help our pupils to master the skills of working independently on chess.
It stands to reason that, in order to choose the required direction for self-improvement, a critical appreciation of your play is needed. It is the authors' deep conviction that a necessary condition for the development of a player is a serious study of his own games.
Therefore a central place in the book is occupied by the topic 'The analysis of your own games'.
The reader will find numerous specific methodological recommendations on how to carry out this work. Without a broad chess culture, a knowledge of the creative heritage of the great masters from the past, it is hard to expect to achieve good results. This is why we try to show the reader various ways of using the rich heritage of chess.