How did Morphy and Alekhine get so good at chess?

Question: How did chess players like Morphy/Alekhine get good at tactics without the computers, books, and databases that we have today?

Paul Morphy and Alexander Alekhine

Answer: Both Morphy and Alekhine were born wealthy in a household that valued chess. Paul Morphy learned chess at an early age by watching games between his uncle and father. A young Alexander Alekhine was taught chess by his mother and frequently played games against his older sister and brother. Again, both families were wealthy and owned libraries which undoubtedly housed books on the game of chess. In fact, I would be very surprised if both chess players didn’t study from… https://www.quora.com/How-did-chess-players-like-Morphy-Alekhine-get-good-at-tactics-without-the-computers-books-and-databases-that-we-have-today/answer/Chris-Torres-13?ch=10&share=0055924d&srid=i4Sz

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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