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Hi, you could try look at these http://www.youtube.com/user/DraganLalic?feature=watch he is a very good player and explains his moves. I learned a lot from him.
Well, if we're seriously talking about devoting 8 hours a day to chess - and I don't mean bullet and blitz - I think it's very possible to reach an 1800 level of play in three months. I'm assuming the goal is to play at 1800 level first, as the USCF rating system is not known for its timeliness in updating "official" ratings, and even your online rating may take awhile to catch up with your strength.
1. Find a good coach. At the 1400-1800 level, it is my opinion that you will get more out of a local National Master who knows you and cares about your progress than by paying $40-50/hour on a GM who gives you a series of prepared lessons (although there are some very excellent GM teachers as well).
2. Keep your mind open. Don't expect a great rise in rating because you "master" a certain variation in the Sicilian. Chess is holistic, so learn the whole game.
3, Play long games as well as short games. Annotate your long games (don't cheat - annotate your losses and draws, as well). In my opinion, your thoughts are more important than your analysis when you find errors in your strategy or calculations because many such errors do not travel alone, but are the symptoms of bad thinking processes or evaluation processes. I say this because I don't believe we ever outgrow that fact. But if you keep it in the forefront of your mind by annotating your thoughts, it will help greatly.
4. When practicing tactics, review the games from which they came. In doing this, you will learn how the victor created the weaknesses and then developed the pattern into the final tactic. This is much more useful than remembering hundreds of positions that you have no idea how to create in an actual game.
5. Endgames. Don't neglect them. I like Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual, myself, but let your coach suggest materials based on your current progress.
Thanks I will watch them
work hard...study master's games.,solve puzzles...and improve your thinking technique.!..
I don't think you can get to 1800 that quickly if you are 1400 now. However you should be able to get to 1500.
I suggest analyzing your games and on every move where you make a mistake copy the position into a database which consists only of positions where you have blundered. Then review that database over and over again until you never make those or similar mistakes.
As you play more games continue the process
DrWaffllemaster, what is your uscf rating?
It's not very high so I don't bother listing it. I'm going to start going to tournaments again though. Maybe within the next 6 months I'll feel like posting it
I need to start going to tournaments too. Ah, soon maybe.
There are two major things you need to work on:
1.Your understanding and knowledge.
2.Your thinking process.
Any 1200 knows about weak squares, color complexes, and how the pawn structure influences the game, like black aiming for a c5 break or playing toward the kingside and white typically restraining c5 while going for a minority attack against c6 in the Carlsbad structure, so basic I don't even need to put up a diagram since I'm confident everyone here knows what I mean.
However, they may understand on one level, but not "understand" it on a deeper level as Smirnov says. Thought process is mostly considering opponent's replies and checking the viability of your checks, captures, and threats and what new ones your opponent has after your candidate moves. In one protocol (it was funny really) a class D player after a certain line said, "Oh crap I lose a pawn!" after making his move, but the pawn was the least of his problems as black had a forced mate in two. It was the protocol where Be7+ deflecting the queen from that diagonal so white can safely win the rook without a mating threat was correct. What was incredible was they played whatever move even knowing it was bad for white since they overlooked Be7+!
Any 1200 knows about weak squares, color complexes, and how the pawn structure influences the game, like black aiming for a c5 break or playing toward the kingside and white typically restraining c5 while going for a minority attack against c6 in the Carlsbad structure
I'm not so sure, seeing as I'm not 100% what a Carlsbad structure is. I assume based on description that it's the Slav pawn formation.
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Plans vary according to piece placement but generally follow the same formulas. Alekhine and Petrosian have some interesting games with this pawn structure.
To be specific, it's typically a QGD with white's knight on f3. With Nge2 instead, it's just a (modern) QGD Exchange.
It is both overwhelming and inspiring how much progress the OP has made in the last 20 months.
Hopefully, they make a movie about it.
It would be a 2-1/2 hour blank screen.
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