Aries (March 21 – April 20)
Aries can expect a blessing with extra money. The unforeseen wealth though should not be spent unthoughtfully. Financial planning is a general weakness of an Aries. Thus, it makes sense to note down long-standing desires, such as a noble chess set or an expensive software, and to evaluate what to invest in. The Aries likes to set sport-related goals that he chases persistently and sometimes with a little too much motivation. It is important to take a breath every once in a while, in order not to lose the passion and enthusiasm for the game. Because of the high level of stress susceptibility and the resulting lack of concentration, an Aries should not only focus on tactics, but increasingly practice relaxation and concentration exercises and techniques.
Taurus (April 21 – May 20)
The Taurus tends to have mood swings and act impulsively. A rival’s mistakes triggers inner triumph. However, he should be careful not to show such emotions in order not to lose others’ sympathy. It would be a great pity, if his opponents lost their interest in playing against him. One thing is clear, 2015 is a year of luck for a Taurus and he will be able to decide many duels in his favor during the suspenseful endgames. Despite all luck, he should not become a reckless player. On the contrary, he should work on endgame analyses; The efforts will pay off!
Gemini (May 21 – June 21)
The instinct to escape often kicks in when a Gemini faces difficult situations. One thing is crystal clear in chess: Even the hardest of situations must be sat through! Possible defeats should be analyzed afterwards. The stubborn Gemini needs to learn to accept help to make progress. After all, practice makes perfect. Geminis like to plan far ahead, but find many escape routes too. Some advice: Practice anywhere with the Chessimo App for your smartphone, and there is no room for excuses anymore.
Cancer (June 22 – July 22)
Cancers love the feeling of safety. Therefore, they play defensively and quickly becomes experienced in their favorite motives. Caution! This kind of routine bears dangers: The Cancer becomes careless, which leads to mistakes. How about deviating from the usual patterns and turning to new challenges? Even if one or the other new strategy or tactic doesn’t lead to success right away, Cancers should not lose faith. What doesn’t look all too auspicious in the beginning might become the new favorite strategy after all.
Leo (July 23 – August 23)
One of a Leo’s strengths is his ability to closely observe and learn. Leos should therefore look at the clips and summaries of suspenseful games on a regular basis to bring new variations down on the board. They will then discover new strengths und preferences and will make great progress. A Leo is creative. He should take time to think his ideas through and to work on them. They will be incredibly proud when a new plan works out on the board!
Virgo (August 24 – September 23)
Virgos are aware of their responsibilities and well organized. However, they often fail to spend the desired time with their hobbies and passions. “Business before pleasure!” is their motto. In the New Year, they should learn to let it be and to take more time for what really matters. Chess for instance. The Virgo will profit from his own strategic thinking and analytical capabilities. Perfectionism and quick perception will help the Virgo to reach a high level of skill in little time. Take this chance!
Libra (September 24 – October 23)
Libras aren’t exactly dare-devils. They seek harmony and strive for balance. But this will easily become their own threat in one or another duel. Even if a Libra is accompanied by luck in 2015, he should dare to take initiative. Focus on new, thought trough openings! Not only playing against a mentor and reading special literature can help a Libra improve, Chessimo is also a helpful tool.
Scorpio (October 24 – November 22)
Scorpios will meet new Practice Buddies in 2015, who will be of incredible value for their development. Together they will make enormous progress – if the Scorpios impatience gets out of the way. Truth is, he wants everything, right now. If things don’ work out right away, the Scorpio tends to lose his temper. He is in the way of his own and others’ ideas to improve. If he learns to take breaks to think and to focus on a process beginning to end, he will play many duels that he can only win (even if he only gains experience).
Sagittarius (November 23 to December 21)
The Sagittarius is often bored when thinking of the same topic for a longer period of time. Chess is therefore the ideal sport for him: Diverse and suspenseful with many possibilities and variations. Anyhow, the Sagittarius should be careful not to jump from one strategy to another. To become a good player he must solve problems not only superficially but understand them at their very root. That is the only way he will be able to grasp positions intuitively later on. Once a Sagittarius has reached that point, he will benefit from the richness in variations and will be able to surprise his opponents over and over again.
Capricorn (December 22 – January 20)
If a Capricorn isn’t 100 percent sure what to do, he should avoid unnecessary risk in matters of chess. There is no need to act overly cautious, but one should not spoil his luck. Capricorns won’t be blessed with too much luck in 2015 anyway. It becomes important to improve techniques and to focus on the own skills. If the luck pays a visit at all, it won’t be obvious. Open your eyes, sharpen your senses and always think ahead! Otherwise, a Capricorn might miss chances.
Aquarius (January 21 – February 19)
An Aquarius might not experience great waves of motivation and enthusiasm in 2015. How about counteracting with a reliable practice buddy? It is always easier together! If the Aquarius made it to the board, he will quickly rediscover the fun in the game and won’t regret it. However, he should not get stuck on too difficult positions. With easy and a positive attitude, an Aquarius will have a good start into the New Year!
Pisces (February 20 – March 20)
2015 will be the year to explore. Pisces should try unknown variations in opening and endgame. Courage will be rewarded! Unexpected challenges should not discourage a Pisces from sticking to his plan. Closest to the finish line we often face the worst of difficulties. Who learns to adjust to new situations and doesn’t lose the common threat will make great progress and secure many victories.
written by Sarah, translated by Birthe