Getting worse HELP

queenjessiee

Hey, so I've been playing chess for over a month now. Been doing puzzles daily and analyzing the few games I play every day.
I still feel like I'm not really improving/ getting worse? Any of you have advice on my learning technique or are my standards just too high? I don't want to plateau at 650... meh.png

jerrylmacdonald

Focus on the priciples of openings.  Try to keep your pawns connected, move all your minor peices once and castle as soon as its safe to do so.

After that you are in the middle game.  Try to get to the middle game consistantly without losing more pieces than your opponent. 

One you can do that, learning to recognize middle game tactics will take you further.  That comes with experience and puzzles.

An4nsi

At this level you need to: not blunder; understand opening principles, play a solid open. I'll take a look your games and post something more substantial once I'm not in mobile

An4nsi

I've taken a look at your profile and you seem to be on the right path. Doing puzzles to improve your tactical game is a great habit, keep it up. So far you've solved 400 puzzles around 1000 level, keep doing them, it will pay off.
You are also playing mostly rapid chess, not blitz nor bullet, which is very good. However I'd suggest you go for at least 15 min games, even 20 min. 10 min is very little time for a begginer. Go for quality over quantity, at a higher time control you can try to understand the positions, see the open files, the relationship between pieces, pawn breaks, etc... this will help you improve a lot.
From your recent games I've found:
Game 1 -White - e4 Vienna Game - Win
Here you played the Vienna (e4 e5 Nc3) and blundered a bishop on move 6. This happens a bit often on your games, this is an aspect to improve in which a higher time control will help.
https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/live/6302190195?tab=report

Game 2 - White - e4 - Sicilian Alapin variation - draw
In this game you blundered a queen on move 15. It was a bit more complex than a pure hanging piece because you got forked, but the queen was the piece to save. Despite the blunder you managed to crawl back and get a winning position, but unfortunetly hung the king leading to a draw.

Game 3 - Black - Petrov's defense - defeat
You played a very sharp line going for a very ambicious attack, you had chances but you couldn't find the right way to approach the position. I don't like this kind of lines for your rating.
https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/live/6302119672?tab=report
What I've found overrall is:
1. You blunder pieces, which is normal for this rating. This is good because it's a very easy fix. Be mindfull of your unprotected pieces and enemy threats, not giving material early on alone might take you to 900.

2. Openings a bit over the place
As white you play mostly e4 followed by Nf3(italian) or Nc3(Vienna). My recommendation is choose either the Italian or the Vienna and try to learn their main ideas. You don't need to know every move, learn maybe the first 5 moves and the main answers, but your focus should be understanding opening principles, control of the center, piece development. I recomend the Italian, you can play it both as white and black. You played the petrov defense in one game leading to a very sharp position, playing the italian you look for a more stable game. You get to develop your pieces, fight for the center and not have the game decided by early blunders.

As black you are replying e4 with e5, that is great, I recommend getting into this open games, nothing fancy, just play solid. Some of your game as black your opponent will play d4, challenging your e4 pawn at the wrong moment and you are not taking that pawn. That is why it's more important to understand opening principles than knowing an entire line by memory. If your opponent sacrifices a pawn into you consider what taking that pawn would do for the position, you don't need to take evertything, but look into it.

The opening is the aspect of your game that might give very fast results. Most of your blunders come from having pieces at weird places, if you open in a solid manner you will get better positions all the time. A feel rules for solid development:
a. Don't go for sharp agressive lines right now. I recommend playing the Italian as both black and white.
b. Get all your pieces out before going for an attack, look to solidify the center and getting castled;
c. Don't move a piece more than once in the opening. Before considering moving a piece again improve your worst pieces, this will lead to more substantial attacks.

3. Mating patterns
At this level players have difficulty finding check mate. Learn basic matting patters: Queen + king and 2 rooks ladder mate is a must know. After you've mastered this two looking for more complex mating patterns is a good tactical exercise. Yusupov's book: Improve your chess has a chapter on matting mottifs, the exercises are great.
This is what I've found, I hope it helps you. Be patient and take one issue at a time. Try to go for the same openings over and over, getting familiar positions instead of a new one every game is going to help. Improving takes time but you already are on the right path, don't worry about losing some rating here and there that is just the nature of online chess. Learning from a defeat is better than getting easy wins. Good luck!









slave91

are you better at other things in life? If so...

nklristic

Here are some tips that will help you out:

https://www.chess.com/blog/nklristic/the-beginners-tale-first-steps-to-chess-improvement

Play longer games, 10 minute per side is not enough to think about the position. 15|10 is minimum, if you can, play even longer games. 

jbo-artist

You could be putting just too much pressure on yourself. Try taking a couple of days away from chess and then try again with fresh eyes and mind. Good luck to you.

queenjessiee

Thanks everyone for the tips and advice! <3

Moonwarrior_1
Tonya_Harding wrote:
queenjessiee a écrit :

Thanks everyone for the tips and advice! <3

You also may forget the idea Online stuff alone is enough to get the job done. You need books and study on the board if you want anything serious to happen. Only a few people who's mind is so shaped, can progress with just playing and solving puzzles.

+1

queenjessiee
Tonya_Harding wrote:
queenjessiee a écrit :

Thanks everyone for the tips and advice! <3

You also may forget the idea Online stuff alone is enough to get the job done. You need books and study on the board if you want anything serious to happen. Only a few people who's mind is so shaped, can progress with just playing and solving puzzles.

Yea I wasn't sure what books to get, but I will look into it! Thanks