Gain 100+ rating points quickly and start improving your chess

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  • | Mar 19, 2014

Having been a chess master since 1981 my goal is to give back to the chess community everything I possibly can. I wish to share all my knowledge and enjoyment of chess with the world. You will be able to take the knowledge my simple teaching offers and apply it to your game and enjoy the benefits!

As my past articles, blogs, and free video lessons course point out online or correspondence chess is a great way to improve your game provided you treat it properly. You need to take your time. Ideally a few hours on a move is great but 15 to 30 minutes per move should be sufficient to prevent common blunders that constantly take place. I know this has I've done many videos of online chess games. As already noted many players consider online chess as a substitute for over the board chess and maintain a large number of games and never give any the proper attention they require in order to learn. Yo can take advantage of these players, and beat them if you take your time!


Benefits to online chess.

1)      You could look up the opening in books and databases. Great way to learn openings!

2)      You can analyze the position by moving the pieces around just as you do on completion of a real game. All great teaches agree analyzing your games helps you improve.

3)      You can consult endgame books and learn how to play them.


As I said you can gain 100 rating points quickly if you take your time. As my video lessons course points out when your rating goes up you will tend to be paired with stronger players then before. You learn by playing stronger players. Chess will become very enjoyable when you take your time uncovering the secrets every position holds.


My free video lessons group is one of the largest on with over 6700 members, and we aren’t even two years old yet! We hold frequent team matches and our forums offer support where you may have your games analyzed by our free coaching staff other members.


You may join the group here:


Also, if you like long games in one sitting on the internet, I have a group which promotes a time control of 90 30. This is 90 minutes to start and a 30 second increment every move. This time control is similar to the big money events that are common across the USA and the world. A good chess game should last 3 to 5 hours, and 90 30 has an e-time of nearly 4 hours. With over 3,000 members in less than a year’s existance, we specialize on you getting a game when you want it. No messy scheduling needed where you may end up playing at an inconvenient time.


You may join my World Standard Time control group here:


Also, I have partnered with GM Petar Genov of Bulgaria. His group may be joined here:


  • 2 years ago


    I found material by : Axel Smith, Pump up your rating, more informative..

  • 3 years ago


    Also a really good book is How To Beat Your Dad at Chess by Murray Chandler. Has fifty different mating variations that are very common in games and help hugely when applied.

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  • 3 years ago


    I'd like to see more 7 days per move matches, but it seems I've already bitten off just about as much as I can swallow wrt correspondence games, so I wouldn't be able to join any new matches, anyway.

    I'm really enjoying the theme tournament system, now that I've drastically reduced my game load and have more or less decided on a set schedule; still, 7 days (instead of 5) would make it easier in my particular case (because I could designate a specific day of the week for each game or set of games, and never have to alter that schedule because my opponents take a different amount of time for each move) - not sure whether anyone else feels the same. I guess I could just be the one oddball out here.

  • 3 years ago


    Please also spend time proofreading your articles.

  • 3 years ago


    I will start doing this. I usually only use about 1-2 minutes on a move in 3-day correspondence. 

  • 3 years ago


    I have not been perfect in my application of these methods, but in general I have followed them. My results have been quite positive over the past year:

    They might have been even better had I been more consistent in their application. However, the bottom line is--it works!

  • 3 years ago


    I think it's fine in online/correspondence-style chess, as long as the moves you pick are your own. I never use a computer to analyse a position mid-game. I've even managed to horribly blunder in 3 day per move games, even after spending time looking at different variations e.g. here. But it's been the best way for me to learn.

    The rules say:

    "In turn-based chess, You MAY use books, magazines, or other articles. You may also use computer databases (including's Game Explorer) for opening moves.

    Openings books and game databases may be consulted for Online (correspondence-style) Chess only"

  • 3 years ago


    Looking up opening lines, endgames, and playing out variations on an analysis board while you are mid game = cheating in my eyes. I agree only that one should take their time, and try to really get to grips with the position rather than playing any move quickly because it was their turn.

  • 3 years ago


    This is the approach I've taken in the last few months, simultaneously playing a handful of online games (usually around 5 or 6) with 2 or 3 days per move, looking up openings as I go. I've learnt quite a lot of opening theory by doing it this way, because I'm actually understanding the rationale for certain moves instead of just learning them by rote.


    I also make sure to keep notes in the notes tab for a lot of my online games - that way I can look at my opponent's reply, make a note of my immediate impressions and 'candidate' moves, and then go away and do something else for 24 hours, and come back and check if what I thought made sense. It also means when I make a move and my opponent replies with something I missed (which usually means I've made a mistake....) I can make a note of it. All this also helps for analysing my games afterwards, which I think is also important.


    Since I started doing it this way I added about 150 rating points. But more importantly, I actually understand more about the game.

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  • 3 years ago


    thanks a lot!

  • 3 years ago


    Another way to gain playing strength is to read Nunn's book "Learn Chess Tactics" about 3 times. Practice on Tactics Trainer 100 puzzles a day for a month or two straight. Get yourself Silman's "Complete Endgame Course" and READ at least half of it. Remember the only good chess book is one that you  actually take the time to read. For beginners I would strongly recommend Fred Reinfelds "How To Be a Winner at Chess" And Fischer's "Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess". You could conceivably read both of these books in one afternoon and become the neighborhood champ.

  • 3 years ago


    I spend 10-60 minutes on a chess position in correpondence. My rating has soared. I went from a rating of 1300 a year ago, to being pushing to 1900 soon. I agree that spending time helps a lot. However i do think that the best way to improve is with a strong training partner, astudying openings, playing long games, and studying maters  games as well as endgames. Still your method is good

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