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Hello everyone, I am a USCF 1623, and my immediate goal is Class A. What was the most helpful thing you did when you had my rating?
Thanks in advance, Nate
A. Start recording your opening repertoire. If you play e4 as white what would you do if black plays c5, or e5 or Nf6, or d6, or e6?. Try to understand and memorize 1 game that you consider as model game in each line.
B. study basic ending positions, like kr - krp, or drawing lines on kq - kp, study also how to draw in kr - kn if you are with kn side, study also kr - kb ending, of course study as well kpp - kp endings.
C. Practice tactics, white to play and win or to draw
D. Most important is practice calculations. Example follow high quality games played by gm, then at certain positions put yourself as if you are playing in one side and try to guess the next move on the game you are following. This is time consuming but will contribute a lot as you progresses. You may miss what the gm has played but you will gain valuable knowledge. It may even possible that you will find a better move than what the gm has played.
One of the things i did when i was rated in the 1600's was work on my tactics alot more. Also i don't know if you are someone that tends to play fast but i tried to slow down and spend more time on my moves. Good luck on your quest for the A class.
You may also have a one-time session with a coach to investigate your OTB weaknesses.
It may be that working on only one of them could be worth 50-100 rating pts.
Expand your opening knowledge in your chosen openings and play as often as possible especially with higher rated players.
Fully agree with this.
Thanks, I am planning on getting a few lessons
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