ELO 500 - What Should I expect from myself?

Marie-AnneLiz
KraigUK a écrit :
Marie-AnneLiz wrote:
KraigUK a écrit :

I started playing chess about 8 months ago and went from around 600 to 1560 in that time. (Although I reached 1500 after about 6 months, but havent made alot of progress in the past 2 months).

I would say you should focus on end games and tactics. No harm in learning a few lines on the most basic openings, but beginners are generally advised against studying openings too deeply.

I have made this improvement by primarily playing blitz, although at the 10 minute time control, which still gives you some time to calculate your moves. You definitely want to avoid shorter games until you've built up a solid foundation. 10 mins or 15+10 is a good mode to start with. If you have the patience for 30 minute games, go ahead!

I'd recommend a coach if you really want to improve fast, but studying yourself, and watching youtube content online (I highly recommend John Bartholomew climbing the rating ladder videos - search for the Under 1000 video) will also help. As will playing against stronger players and analysing your mistakes afterwards.

I haven't studied any books yet, because I find it hard to motivate myself to do so (not a big fan on reading), but I do enjoy interactive tactical puzzles and lessons on here.

That is why you are not improving....play 15 min +10 a lot more....and slower games if you can.

 

I see you have went from 1200 to 1700 in 30 days.. what's been your secret for such fast improvement?

Btw if you think I'm strong, for your info I cannot beat the computer at level 7 here...he crush me every time....so that tell you a lot on my opponents here in the last month.

I can beat level 6 but has far has i read it's only 1400 elo.

Marie-AnneLiz
KraigUK a écrit :
Marie-AnneLiz wrote:
KraigUK a écrit :

I started playing chess about 8 months ago and went from around 600 to 1560 in that time. (Although I reached 1500 after about 6 months, but havent made alot of progress in the past 2 months).

I would say you should focus on end games and tactics. No harm in learning a few lines on the most basic openings, but beginners are generally advised against studying openings too deeply.

I have made this improvement by primarily playing blitz, although at the 10 minute time control, which still gives you some time to calculate your moves. You definitely want to avoid shorter games until you've built up a solid foundation. 10 mins or 15+10 is a good mode to start with. If you have the patience for 30 minute games, go ahead!

I'd recommend a coach if you really want to improve fast, but studying yourself, and watching youtube content online (I highly recommend John Bartholomew climbing the rating ladder videos - search for the Under 1000 video) will also help. As will playing against stronger players and analysing your mistakes afterwards.

I haven't studied any books yet, because I find it hard to motivate myself to do so (not a big fan on reading), but I do enjoy interactive tactical puzzles and lessons on here.

That is why you are not improving....play 15 min +10 a lot more....and slower games if you can.

 

I see you have went from 1200 to 1700 in 30 days.. what's been your secret for such fast improvement?

Well don't tell anyone ok? it's not easy but i only lost 20 games in the last 14 days.....since the 25 of october.....and the average rating of my opponents were 1556.....a lot less obvious blunders and 30 min games so i have the time to think and only opponents +50 and -150....lately....it help a lot not loosing 11 points each  bad games i play...and all are pretty bad wink.png

Marie-AnneLiz
KraigUK a écrit :
Marie-AnneLiz wrote:
KraigUK a écrit :

I started playing chess about 8 months ago and went from around 600 to 1560 in that time. (Although I reached 1500 after about 6 months, but havent made alot of progress in the past 2 months).

I would say you should focus on end games and tactics. No harm in learning a few lines on the most basic openings, but beginners are generally advised against studying openings too deeply.

I have made this improvement by primarily playing blitz, although at the 10 minute time control, which still gives you some time to calculate your moves. You definitely want to avoid shorter games until you've built up a solid foundation. 10 mins or 15+10 is a good mode to start with. If you have the patience for 30 minute games, go ahead!

I'd recommend a coach if you really want to improve fast, but studying yourself, and watching youtube content online (I highly recommend John Bartholomew climbing the rating ladder videos - search for the Under 1000 video) will also help. As will playing against stronger players and analysing your mistakes afterwards.

I haven't studied any books yet, because I find it hard to motivate myself to do so (not a big fan on reading), but I do enjoy interactive tactical puzzles and lessons on here.

That is why you are not improving....play 15 min +10 a lot more....and slower games if you can.

 

I see you have went from 1200 to 1700 in 30 days.. what's been your secret for such fast improvement?

BTW if you look at all my games here since august 2016;i started at 1400 and went down to 1300 and up to 1450 and down...very few games i was under 1300 in the 300 games i played here...3.5 years ago....

i stopped playing here for a few years..3 in fact and started again 1 month ago....so your fake news are not facts!

Marie-AnneLiz
KraigUK a écrit :
Marie-AnneLiz wrote:
KraigUK a écrit :

I started playing chess about 8 months ago and went from around 600 to 1560 in that time. (Although I reached 1500 after about 6 months, but havent made alot of progress in the past 2 months).

I would say you should focus on end games and tactics. No harm in learning a few lines on the most basic openings, but beginners are generally advised against studying openings too deeply.

I have made this improvement by primarily playing blitz, although at the 10 minute time control, which still gives you some time to calculate your moves. You definitely want to avoid shorter games until you've built up a solid foundation. 10 mins or 15+10 is a good mode to start with. If you have the patience for 30 minute games, go ahead!

I'd recommend a coach if you really want to improve fast, but studying yourself, and watching youtube content online (I highly recommend John Bartholomew climbing the rating ladder videos - search for the Under 1000 video) will also help. As will playing against stronger players and analysing your mistakes afterwards.

I haven't studied any books yet, because I find it hard to motivate myself to do so (not a big fan on reading), but I do enjoy interactive tactical puzzles and lessons on here.

That is why you are not improving....play 15 min +10 a lot more....and slower games if you can.

 

I see you have went from 1200 to 1700 in 30 days.. what's been your secret for such fast improvement?

I started to play here every day the 19 of october after playing +3000 games at chesstempo....and a lot at chess 24 so i didn't play here much...(maybe 2 or 3 games)  before the 19 for more than 3 years....

ciedrums55
Passion (do openings you like, chess news you like, youtube tutorials you like, books you like), Play play play (also rest)
kindaspongey

"... Sure, fast games are fine for practicing openings (not the most important part of the game for most players) and possibly developing decent board vision and tactical 'shots', but the kind of thinking it takes to plan, evaluate, play long endgames, and find deep combinations is just not possible in quick chess. … for serious improvement ... consistently play many slow games to practice good thinking habits. ... I know that a large percentage of my readers almost exclusively play on the internet - after all, you are reading this on the internet, right!? But there is a strong case for at least augmenting internet play with some OTB play, whether in a club or, better yet, a tournament. ... I would guess that players who have never played OTB usually gain 50-100 points of playing strength just from competing in their first long weekend tournament, assuming they play five or more rounds of very slow chess. ... Don't have two day? Try a one-day quad (a round-robin among four similarly rated players). …" - NM Dan Heisman (2002)

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627052239/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman16.pdf

"... Most internet players think that 30 5 is slow, but that is unlikely slow enough to play 'real' chess.  You need a game slow enough so that for most of the game you have time to consider all your candidate moves as well as your opponent’s possible replies that at least include his checks, captures, and serious threats, to make sure you can meet all of them.  For the average OTB player G/90 is about the fastest, which might be roughly 60 10 online, where there is some delay.  But there is no absolute; some people think faster than others and others can play real chess faster because of experience.  Many internet players are reluctant to play slower than 30 5 so you might have to settle for that as a 'slow' game." - NM Dan Heisman (2002)

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627010008/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman12.pdf

kindaspongey

"... for those that want to be as good as they can be, they'll have to work hard.
Play opponents who are better than you … . Learn basic endgames. Create a simple opening repertoire (understanding the moves are far more important than memorizing them). Study tactics. And pick up tons of patterns. That’s the drumbeat of success. ..." - IM Jeremy Silman (December 27, 2018)
https://www.chess.com/article/view/little-things-that-help-your-game
https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-start-out-in-chess
https://www.chess.com/news/view/a-new-years-resolution-improve-your-chess-with-new-lessons

https://www.chess.com/article/view/mastery-chess-lessons-are-here
"... In order to maximize the benefits of [theory and practice], these two should be approached in a balanced manner. ... Play as many slow games (60 5 or preferably slower) as possible, ... The other side of improvement is theory. ... This can be reading books, taking lessons, watching videos, doing problems on software, etc. ..." - NM Dan Heisman (2002)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627084053/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman19.pdf
"... If it’s instruction, you look for an author that addresses players at your level (buying something that’s too advanced won’t help you at all). This means that a classic book that is revered by many people might not be useful for you. ..." - IM Jeremy Silman (2015)
https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-best-chess-books-ever
Here are some reading possibilities that I often mention:
Simple Attacking Plans by Fred Wilson (2012)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090402/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review874.pdf
http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Simple-Attacking-Plans-77p3731.htm
Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev (1957)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708104437/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/logichess.pdf
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev (1965)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/most-instructive-games-of-chess-ever-played/
Winning Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld (1948)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708093415/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review919.pdf
Back to Basics: Tactics by Dan Heisman (2007)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708233537/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review585.pdf
https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-back-to-basics-tactics
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5856bd64ff7c50433c3803db/t/5895fc0ca5790af7895297e4/1486224396755/btbtactics2excerpt.pdf
Discovering Chess Openings by GM John Emms (2006)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627114655/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen91.pdf
Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro (2014)
http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/2014/05/review-of-pete-tamburros-openings-for.html
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/openings-for-amateurs/

https://www.chess.com/blog/ForwardChess/book-of-the-week-openings-for-amateurs
https://www.mongoosepress.com/catalog/excerpts/openings_amateurs.pdf
Chess Endgames for Kids by Karsten Müller (2015)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/chess-endgames-for-kids/
http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/Chess_Endgames_for_Kids.pdf
A Guide to Chess Improvement by Dan Heisman (2010)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708105628/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review781.pdf
Studying Chess Made Easy by Andrew Soltis (2009)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090448/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review750.pdf
Seirawan stuff:
http://seagaard.dk/review/eng/bo_beginner/ev_winning_chess.asp?KATID=BO&ID=BO-Beginner
http://www.nystar.com/tamarkin/review1.htm
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627132508/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen173.pdf
https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-winning-chess-endings
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708092617/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review560.pdf

CRYYSIS
TibetanWolff wrote:
I began playing chess about two months ago. my elo is 500, with about an increase of 100 points in the past month (although, i just went through an embarassing streak of losses.)

You should expect more from yourself

JosephReidNZ

Tactics help

gf3

What Should I expect others to expect from me?

#26 & 27 cut and paste spam

JosephReidNZ

The practice is key.