I answer all your doubts to improve in chess - Are you finding a coach? Alberto Chueca: FIDE Master

AlbertoChueca
IgorCarvalho94 escribió:

Hello good morning! I've been playing chess since April, and I am not improving at all my rating  sometimes increase others it decrease at the end of November I had almost 900 of rating and now I'm almost reach the 690 score. I bought a board and I am reading some books of chess practicing tactics, doing puzzles on the board. But I am not improving my game, I played and of 10 games I only won 1. What can I do?

Hi @IgorCarvalho94, if you are studying and you are not improving maybe it's because you haven't got a training program. You can check my method: https://www.albertochueca.com/the-chueca-method/ where I explain the concepts you should learn in each phase, maybe it helps you. A coach when we are starting helps much to guide you properly. If you can afford it, it will be a better investment than books.

 

aidanB1 escribió:

I am rated around 1200-1250 on rapid and my question is, what should I improve on? What openings should I play and what should I study?

@aidanB1 The openings in your case are not important. You need to understand the concepts of openings (center, development, initiative... instead of theory). And I recommend you something similar like Igor. Check for example my method where I explain the concepts you should know in each level and answer yourself if you know them. https://www.albertochueca.com/the-chueca-method/

Important: Remember that play games will not give you new knowledge. You need to learn new concepts and after, practice them. If you practice with the same knowledge, you will get the same results.

AlbertoChueca
Inertiae escribió:

Dear Alberto,

Could you please help me with my tactics? I've been playing chess for 6 years with a one-and-half year hiatus in between. My rating had progressed steadily until I hit 2000. Since then my progress has been on hold and I'm not getting better any more. Diagnosing my game, I think it is my tactics holding me back but despite constantly solving puzzles, I have difficulty improving it. I've been doing a lot of tactics on chess.com, and the tactics rating just hovers between 1800 and 2100. It's been like this for 3 years (including the 1.5 year hiatus). Do you have any advice? Thank you very much in advance!

 

josiahpower escribió:

So say I need to improve better at seeing my opponents tactics... how should I do that?

@josiahpower chess.com is got a good tool to practice tactics. But @Inertiae, if you don't improve in tactics with it, I would recommend you to work in 2 ways which is the method we are using in the academy with my students and is giving us good results:

1) Hundreds of very easy tactical exercises. (1-2 moves) That you can solve in 5 seconds each one. This is to get tactical patterns. Sure that almost all you will solve them easily but others you will need more time because you haven't seen the idea before. Maybe it's only 20 out of 300 but after doing them, you will have more new tactical ideas.

2) 20 exercises but very complicated ones (4-5 moves). To think much in each exercise and work the calculation. This is the best way to practice both parts of the tactic. The combinations and the depth in them.

I hope it helps you! happy.png

 

Nickalispicalis71 escribió:

I am 47 years old and have been playing Chess ever since the age of 12. I managed an OTB rating of a little over 1900. (FIDE). Due to career and family, I no longer have the time to play in OTB tournaments. I hover around 1800 on the various online platforms that I play on. 

My theory on teaching and lessons is that it will inevitably become a waste of resources once the player reaches his or her peak rating. What I mean by this, is that each of us has a maximum ELO that we are capable of obtaining be it 1200, 1600, 2000, 2600 etc. Once that is obtained no amount of instruction or coaching or lessons or anything is going to help you better it. You are just wasting your money at this point.  I know a lot of people do not want to hear this, thinking there is always room for improvement, but believe me, it becomes a question of diminishing returns once one's peak rating is achieved. 

For myself personally, had I continued to play chess, I know I never would  have been good enough to become a GM, or an IM for that matter. To pay a coach or trainer to try would have been foolish indeed. 

Let me know if you disagree with my theses. 

@Nickalispicalis71 Absolutely NOT! For me, it's a loser thinking. I admit you that if you start late maybe you can't reach to the top positions or get the GM title because only a few in the world get it. But for example, you can get goals like reach 2000 rating in several years (starting from zero). To get it, you only need to have a good base of chess, it's not something impossible. Of course, learn being an adult is more complicated than if you are a child, but you can compensate it with work. You need to work more and harder. Your work puts the peak of your rating. What do you do if you think that you have reached your peak? Of course nothing, and then you don't improve. When we are adults we have to work and we have less time to use it in our hobbies. This is the main problem to improve in chess, not that someone has reached his peak.

Think about other sports or disciplines. If you study with the bests you can reach to be the best.

I tell you more, whatever young child who starts with a good coach and learns chess regularly probably will reach easily to IM, even GM. If you see the national championships, all the talented children reach to FM, IM or GM. And all the children, even the last participant have a coach! Why the 100% of the national championships have a coach? Are all of them wrong? You attitude mark your peak but of course, it's easier to leave it because to improve requires much more effort happy.png

AlbertoChueca
Chessopera escribió:

While you are trying to help beginners as an FM coach which is admirable, I do not agree with you regarding the importance of the opening. It is true that most games are decided in middlegame and endgame but if you come out of opening with a weak/bad position you will have a hard time to form effective plans and find good tactical shots and combinations. You must know how to play the opening correctly otherwise you may go into a losing endgame. Therefore, building an opening repertoire is a must. I do agree with you that learning the concepts or ideas behind the moves in the opening is more important than just memorising the moves. Unfortunately, building up a reliable opening repertoire is much more time-consuming than learning middlegame and endgame. Time spent on improving endgame is a big investment and it improves our chess skill a lot but the opening cannot be ignored at all.

 

@Chessopera This the methodology I use with my students and some of them are in the top 15 of the World Cadets. I only share my experience. But if you see it, you're telling the same as me happy.png "Building up a reliable opening repertoire is much more time-consuming than learning middlegame and endgame." When you dedicate your time to learn chess you need to choose. If you study 100 hours you need to know how much time you invest in openings, middlegame and endgames. And clearly, in the basic and intermediate level, if you invest them in middlegames and endgames you will get better results. I only would study openings seriously if you reach to +2000 rating. Before you only need to get general concepts. Openings are important, yes, but middlegame and endgames concepts much more. I see every month several games of children who only memorize the moves and after they don't understand the basic plans of the middlegame and many games that being completely won, they are lost because they've got lack of concepts. If they would have been studying middlegames and endgames instead of openings, it would be very different. Unfortunately, it's a typical mistake in children.

superchessmachine

Which African federation do I need to contact to get a free NM title?

HolographWars
superchessmachine wrote:

Which African federation do I need to contact to get a free NM title?

Racist 

Chessopera

I agree that middlegame and endgame skills are much more important and make you a stronger player and every second spent on learning endgame is well-invested. However, knowledge of the openings is extremely important in tournament chess. If in a tournament you face London System or Closed Sicilian and you do not know how to deal with them you may get very bad position in middlegame and struggle till the end of the game. Studying opening is essential but it steals time from middlegame and endgame which teach you real chess skills.

superchessmachine
HolographWars wrote:
superchessmachine wrote:

Which African federation do I need to contact to get a free NM title?

Racist 

No. Everyone knows that in Africa there are unfortunately many corrupt federations that will give you an NM title for some money.

greypenguin

I keep getting all my tactics wrong, can you help me?

Thanks

Jenium

Can you recomment an entertaining, easy to read, yet instructive chess book?

PardonMyBlunders

Hi I'm 38, been playing chess for 23 years. I want to get better but I am also a lazy person. Nowadays I have a little more free time than I used to have. I don't have Fide rating but I'm 1784 in rapid here on chess.com(lessons 2150 tactics 1925) and 1915 on Lichess.org rapid. I have following chessbooks : How to re ass-ess your chess 4th ed by Silman+ his endgame book. Techniques of positional play by Bronznik. The sorcerers apprentice by Bronstein. The road to the top by Keres. 300 chess games by Tarrasch. I would like to read all of them and learn a lot but every time I start a book I am unable to finish it. Seems like whatever I start, I have huge problems finishing to the end, be it books, or lessons on chess.com or tactical training.  I have problem during games that, I want to play and win with almost no calculation, yet I like to play aggressive openings like e4,Nc3,f4 without knowing enough theory, I like to demolish my opposition quickly and if does not happen I get bored because I know I'm smarter than opponent, then I lose and get angry/disappointed. When I was young I used to be able to calculate more deep,quick and accurate but nowadays I am just lazy. I think I did too much short tactics when younger and the result is a seeing of board which is too pattern oriented=if I don't see any known pattern=there cannot be a tactic that works happy.png  I also have Fritz 16 and first 2 complete years on chessmasterschool.com . I go to a chessclub once a week but the opposition is not stronger than me. I am too lazy and proud to analyze my own losses Basically I have all the chessmaterial I want(also countless books and classics in pdf), but I just never seem to be able to pick one material and stick with it. I know it is a sorry situation and I'm not getting any younger. Is there anything to be done that can rekindle my motivation for study and improvement in chess? I have given this game more than 20 years and absolutely want to end up with a 2000+ fide even if it's the last thing I do!!! Can you help?!

Ovee18

I am 20 years, around 1700 rated. I play chess for the challenge of it and like the crazy games and calculations.....but my problem is when I do manage to get some form of advantage in terms better position (at times even material advantage), often fail to convert to a win, mostly draw and when push too much, it results in a loss. Please suggest some way out of this vicious cycle.What should my strategy be after getting a better position to press on and deliver mate? or try to go for endgame?

pt54

How many puzzles should I solve every day and how to study chess game and which old chess master game to study

varelse1
superchessmachine wrote:
HolographWars wrote:
superchessmachine wrote:

Which African federation do I need to contact to get a free NM title?

Racist 

No. Everyone knows that in Africa there are unfortunately many corrupt federations that will give you an NM title for some money.

Who's "everyone"?

 

AlbertoChueca
greypenguin escribió:

I keep getting all my tactics wrong, can you help me?

Thanks

Try to practice with the tool of chesstempo or chess.com. They are very good ones. After, you can try to do some tactic "in paper" (books or magazines), it also helps much. If you don't improve, maybe a coach could help you.

 

Jenium escribió:

Can you recommend an entertaining, easy to read, yet instructive chess book?

I love Jacob Aagaard's books. For example, try "Excelling at positional chess". Sure you will like it happy.png

 

PardonMyBlunders escribió:

Hi I'm 38, been playing chess for 23 years. I want to get better but I am also a lazy person. Nowadays I have a little more free time than I used to have. I don't have Fide rating but I'm 1784 in rapid here on chess.com(lessons 2150 tactics 1925) and 1915 on Lichess.org rapid. I have following chessbooks : How to re ass-ess your chess 4th ed by Silman+ his endgame book. Techniques of positional play by Bronznik. The sorcerers apprentice by Bronstein. The road to the top by Keres. 300 chess games by Tarrasch. I would like to read all of them and learn a lot but every time I start a book I am unable to finish it. Seems like whatever I start, I have huge problems finishing to the end, be it books, or lessons on chess.com or tactical training.  I have problem during games that, I want to play and win with almost no calculation, yet I like to play aggressive openings like e4,Nc3,f4 without knowing enough theory, I like to demolish my opposition quickly and if does not happen I get bored because I know I'm smarter than opponent, then I lose and get angry/disappointed. When I was young I used to be able to calculate more deep,quick and accurate but nowadays I am just lazy. I think I did too much short tactics when younger and the result is a seeing of board which is too pattern oriented=if I don't see any known pattern=there cannot be a tactic that works   I also have Fritz 16 and first 2 complete years on chessmasterschool.com . I go to a chessclub once a week but the opposition is not stronger than me. I am too lazy and proud to analyze my own losses Basically I have all the chessmaterial I want(also countless books and classics in pdf), but I just never seem to be able to pick one material and stick with it. I know it is a sorry situation and I'm not getting any younger. Is there anything to be done that can rekindle my motivation for study and improvement in chess? I have given this game more than 20 years and absolutely want to end up with a 2000+ fide even if it's the last thing I do!!! Can you help?!

If you are lazy, try to interact with people, it's more fun. Leave the books. Why don't you try to join my academy? wink.png https://www.albertochueca.com/pricing/ You can enjoy in the masterclasses and you would learn chess. Or if your club can do it, it works also. It's impossible to get our goals finding the easy way. You must choose what you want, keep the same rating is the easiest way, you mustn't change anything, but if you want other kind of results you will need to do something more happy.png

 

Ovee18 escribió:

I am 20 years, around 1700 rated. I play chess for the challenge of it and like the crazy games and calculations.....but my problem is when I do manage to get some form of advantage in terms better position (at times even material advantage), often fail to convert to a win, mostly draw and when push too much, it results in a loss. Please suggest some way out of this vicious cycle.What should my strategy be after getting a better position to press on and deliver mate? or try to go for endgame?

You should learn more middlegame and endgame concepts because it's where the games are decisive. Try to focus your learning in this parts. happy.png

 

pt54 escribió:

How many puzzles should I solve every day and how to study chess game and which old chess master game to study

All the puzzles you can keeping a habit happy.png

I progressed much learning Alekhine's games wink.png

Alberto Chueca Fide Master and chess coach

http://albertochueca.com/

 

Chessopera

One thing everyone needs to know is online chess rating has no value and validity. Chess players must obtain genuine and formal rating over the board by playing in chess tournaments and matches. A rating of 1900 online may look like 1400 ELO over the board. To improve at chess and getting somewhere, chess players must play in regular tournament and face real opponents over the board. Forget online chess as it is only a pastime. If you do not have the nerves or the motivation or courage to play in real chess matches then chess is not for you although you can still enjoy it as a spectator. Most chess players even at club level do not go over 2000 ELO even after 20-30 years of playing regular chess. To improve at chess we need to: 1. Spend huge amount of time to study chess like a university student 2. Play frequently in chess tournament 3. Study with professional coachs 4. Be highly motivated to improve and most importantly 5. Start learning chess when you are a child.

varelse1

If you could only recommend one chess book to your student, and it would be the only one he would ever read, what would it be?

superchessmachine

All the chess books in the world glued together. Easy.

Chessopera

Books cannot make good chess players. 

greypenguin

Thanks!