Improve Your Chess Now #3- Climbing the ELO Ladder, 1500-1600
1500 elo to 1600 elo

Improve Your Chess Now #3- Climbing the ELO Ladder, 1500-1600

Dec 24, 2017, 9:03 AM |

Going from 1500 into the 1600s was a great experience!

Disclaimer! I'm sharing my story and what I did to make my improvements. I'm not saying this is the best or the only way, nor that it will work for you. But it should help most people in one way or another!


This post will not have a lot of new stuff in it.


After coming back with the 1250+ elo feeling bad over how I had played and the in just days raise to 1500 and keep going up I felt very happy. I still had my doubts though.

Could it be pure luck.

But when I kept increasing my rating with almost every game (still made blunders though, but less), I started to believe that all the training was the real reason for my change in playing strength.



I kept going over the instruction videos for my 2 openings. Simon has made a nice collection of videos for each opening but what really hit me was his approach of trying to teach more concepts and ideas than pure lines. At least it did work well for me and I was able to learn very fast this way.

Not to forget that the last time my only openings had been The London System and The Black Lion. With some few exceptions when my opponent had played so strange it just wasn't possible to play correctly or in a very few cases when I had a short circuit and made incorrect moves.


New Piece of in Puzzle

I also started doing a new thing.

I played a game and directly after went back to chess.dom and used the analysis function to analyze my game all the way through. I saved it when done and then checked the caps (mostly for fun) and then stepped through the game all the way noting evaluations as well as recommendations of better moves.

I also stopped on inaccuracies and blunders and checked the analysis as well as trying t make my own evaluation of the situation.

Finally I go through the game all the way again, trying to see how well I stick to the known game plans for the opening, how I use/defend strong and weak places in my position as well how the opponent plays and how I use his play.


More to come