Your New Year's Chess Resolution


A new year ushers in the opportunity for many types of resolutions.

This is a great time to get your students to participate in the tradition of setting a new year's chess resolution. Here is a message I sent out to my students at the beginning of the year.

Happy New Year!

ChessKids, have you ever made a new year's resolution? Some of the most popular resolutions in the new year are to lose weight, or eat healthier, or exercise. 

A "resolution" is defined as "a firm decision to do or not to do something." 

What about making a new year's chess resolution? This is a great time to resolve to do something related to chess.

Here are some suggestions that you may want to consider doing this year -- starting now!

Instead, resolve to play every player with the attention and care you give to higher-rated opponents.

You can get a glimpse of some new openings right here on

If you find that you are moving too quickly, resolve to slow down. Resolve to pause, take a deep breath, and see the board completely from both sides before making your move.

Resolve to not give up -- to fight until the very end. For more on when it is appropriate to accept a draw, read this from NM Andy Lee.

These are just a few suggestions. 

I want to hear what your new year's chess resolutions are during our first class in January. 

I will tell you mine if you tell me yours!