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Correspondence chess helps you improve in three specific ways, according to world champion Max Euwe.*
First, it enables you to deepen your knowledge of openings. Once you begin a correspondence game you invest your time - and some of your ego - in it. This means there is extra motivation to find the very best move. It encourages you to explore opening books and databases. You will find yourself studying an opening without knowing it.
Euwe said the second way that correspondence games help a student concerns the endgame. If you feel more motivated to investigate opening theory when you are playing a new opening by correspondence, you will also feel provoked to study bishops of opposite colored endgame theory when you get into that kind of ending.
The third aspect cited by Euwe is calculation. When a correspondence game gets extremely complex, it inspires you (to) analyze it as much as you can. And when your analysis fails, it's another valuable lesson.
*From the book 'Studying Chess Made Easy' by Andrew Soltis