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I am ridiculing the arbitariness of it, not the basic notion. We seem to get a lot of people on here saying that a rating of _____ is reachable in ____ months/years by virtually any intelligent/sane/sentient person. It's become yet another cliche of the forums.
@AndyClifton: Duly noted :)
Since when is sanity included in the three most salient points to become mildly good at chess
When asked how many moves he thought ahead, the grandmaster Capablanca famously said "I only think one move ahead. The right one.' That has to be my favourite chess quote.
If you are playing correspondance chess, my advice is to take the full 3 days, and run through the conditional moves to see some possibilities.
If you look at the chart of ratings from chess,com, you'll see that only a small percentage of players get to the 2000+ rating. Hard work and study is vital, but I personally believe a player must need to have a lot of skill/logic/insight as well- otherwise loads of people would have that kind of rating.
My rating peaked at 1777 and then it dropped due to tiredness, a lack of motivation and the fact that facebook chess merged with chess.com and lots of stronger players came along. It is now back at 1630 so if you want a game and chance of some easy ratings points, send me a challenge!
I think live makes it harder to get high ratings in. You have less time to think and play accurately
Play as much as you can, analyse your games and learn from them, on your own, with other players and with computers. Learn openings, endgames, strategic concepts, practise tactics and combinations. Study master games, read chess books... Basically all the same advice anyone else can give. This may or may not get you to 2000 eventually. There's no magic bullet.
Also bear in mind that in the grand scheme of things, 2000 is poo
Before computers a player had to build his opening tree by hand. That is long and tedious work. With computers the building of an opening tree is automated and shortens the time to get to a 2000+ rating to 3yrs. Getting to a 2000+ rating building an opening tree by hand takes 8-10 years.
Also, bear in mind it takes a looong time. This is me (may not be 100% accurate, this is from memory). It took me a decade...!
Age National rating
To heck with earning one--I want to buy one!
Can I use my points? Is it negotiable?
Don't think about ratings too much. Improve your chess knowledge and skills through consistant study and exercises/training; lots of OTB chess at standard FIDE time controls (against some stronger players where possible); analysis of your games (uncovering mistakes and weaknesses in your play with a view to correcting them); be a tough cookie in a tournament (refuse draws and never offer them unless the position is barren or that quick draw guarentees you win cash or a qualification; play to win but never be put off by inevitable losses and set backs).
2000 will be the inevitable result of a higher standard of play. It takes time and dedication.
What do I have to do to achieve this goal?
pretend you are in prison; no chess board or pieces. you have to play in your mind. start with a couple of pieces. move them around on the board. throw the king's on next. wait ... give one side only a king, the other a bishop rook and king; now chase the king around with the pieces until checkmate - add a piece once in a while till you can beat deep blue
Just play a decent amount (but don't play too many games at once in turn-based) and analyse them afterwards. First without engine, then with to check.
Add an hour a day of tactics trainer and finally work through some good books and game collections.
2000 on this site can't take too long. 2000 OTB will be a bit longer, but should be within reach for all motivated players.
Drink one of this for 4 days in a row at midnight
and the next week (generally Monday) your rating will be 1999. The rest depends on you!
That's how I did it..!
600 to 1270 was my jump on rating after playing for 2 months on this side,
just learn the game
being a 1600 or 2000 is pointless.Play the GAME and enjoy. All the books reveal brillant chess situations,but morphy had little opposition and would be average against todays talent. Fisher lost more then he won at manhattan chess club,before his G.M status...did he become almost unbeatable--yes.He also died alone in iceland, young and a mind gone. Chess is just an interesting game. All players lose, and blunder,G.Ms included---they don't put them in books! Ratings ? Why measure yourself in a game ?
To be a champion at anything you must practice. I do not mean fire up the Chessmaster program and just play. I mean actual study and practice.
Doing the prescibed drills with dedication and determination. Empty your cup... Look for recognizable patterns.
Yes, memorization is a big part of it. Garry Kasparov, Bobby Fischer , Susan& Judit Polgar, Yasser Seirawan and Anatoly Karpov all physically sat down and touched the pieces playing over games and solving problems daily.
Ya gotta make it more than 2 dimensional study. Practice , practice, practice mate in 1,2,3,4 and 5 move problems.
If you are not a good reader buy CHESS 5334 Problems,Combinations, and Games... Get a small board and set up the problems and do them physically. This will make it concrete.
We are our own worst enemy. Empty your cup and conquer yourself.
There are no short cuts. Your car will not fill it's own tank. Greatness is in all of us. Distractions can be blocked with practice and patience.
Time is required in chess,family, and all things we do.
i want a rating of 20,000...
hmm... I'll go do some tactics trainer.
To reach expert level, you have to be solid enough make very few clear blunders and sharp enough to punish most of the ones that your opponent makes. The biggest thing to play consistently at a 2000-2200 level is focus - bringing the same amount of intensity at every move, regardless of the position or how tired you are. You also need to have a decent basis for positional chess and understand which pieces to exchange and which pieces to keep on the board in most situations. A basic knowledge of key theoretical positions is also essential.
To summarize: Your play doesn't have to be spectacular in any way to play at that level, and you don't need really deep positional understanding, but your openings need to be solid, you need to understand the basics of middlegame concepts and apply them with decent accuracy in your games, you need to be a decent attacker, and most importantly: you need to make fairly few obvious tactical blunders.
I'd recommend studying the following books if you're serious about it:
Endgame Strategy by Shereshevsky
Simple Chess by Stean
Winning Pawn Structures by Baburin
Chess Fundamentals by Capablanca
Positional Play by Dvoretsky and Yusupov (all of their books are great)
The Art of Attack by Vukovic
Also, you need to play a lot of rated games over the board and practice your tactics with trainers like the one here, chesstempo, or ct-art.
The main thing to remember is that at 2000-2200, although most of the simple two-three moves tactics are spotted, positional play is still full of ugly mistakes that are easily punishable. I'd also recommend looking at short games won by 2400+ players against 2000-2200s to show typical mistakes made at that level.
I can with a certain degree of certainty tell you how NOT to achieve the 2000-rating goal.
1) By not practicing tactics daily. You are a premium member but have only completed 10 tactical problems (unless you are practicing tactics daily on another website, like chess tempo).
2) By not analyzing each and every game you have played (and posting some of the analysis forum for the stronger players to analyze and give advice). You do play a lot which is what most strong players here recommend (I think it's a 20% study 80% play ratio), but I do believe that serious analysis after each game is just as important
3) Skimming through (and not seriously studying) the material available on the Chess.com study plans (and in books you might have purchased). I saw a post once where a guy was complaining about non-improvement, even after reading through several chess books. I can with almost 100% certainty guarantee that he was skimming through the material. Especially some end game positions have to be practiced a couple of times over before they sink in. Or maybe that's just me
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