How to get better at chess?

NimblePonytail
I’m steadily improving through YouTube videos and puzzles but is there anyway to surely improve day by day. I’m still pretty bad and I want to know step by step how someone could progressively get better at chess. Thanks.
Waffleless

I would just say practice in slower time controls so you are in no pressure to respond quickly, and you can think more. Scan the board and see if your opponent is attacking you to avoid blunders, and also work on tactics. This is basically all I can say myself since I'm not very good either, but if you just work on those, I think you can get to 1200, 1300, or even 1400 pretty easily without doing anything too special except just making less mistakes. Anything else, I would suggest keep learning from YouTube if you don't have anything other free source and you only plan to play casually, since that's how I learned too. 

NimblePonytail
Sweet thanks man
Sneakiest_Of_Snakes
There’s a lot of things you can do but I’ll look at your games in the morning where I can pinpoint where exactly you can improve!
BatesH5

Look at your games.

MarkGrubb

Agree with all. You can quickly get to 1300ish if you are good at the basics. Following opening principles by developing all your pieces quickly and castling. Make sure everything is defended, dont hang material.

RealHenrik

hi

Bgabor91

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solflores927

An hour of tactics every day (I'm 13 so I have that kind of time) have really helped me. Once you get to like 1500 level you should probably start doing some serious opening/endgame work as well. Good luck happy.png

MSteen

In addition to practicing tactics, looking at your own games carefully, watching You Tube videos (I love agadmator), and playing slower time controls, I would suggest watching dozens and dozens of master games either here or on chessgames.com. 

I like to sit with a cup of coffee, pull up a great chess game (usually under 40 moves) and click through the moves one by one, watching from the winning side. I scroll to hide the move list, and I try to guess what's coming next. Often, when my guess doesn't match what happened, I back up and try to see if there's a tactic I missed. By doing this, going back and forth through the moves, I get a sense of how the game unfolded. This is a great supplement to doing tactics because in every single tactics problem there's the implicit statement: "There's something to do here. Keep looking until you find it." In a real game that never happens. Sometimes there's something to do, but most often there isn't.

Good luck on improving.

xiaotonghuang9
NimblePonytail wrote:
I’m steadily improving through YouTube videos and puzzles but is there anyway to surely improve day by day. I’m still pretty bad and I want to know step by step how someone could progressively get better at chess. Thanks.

I don't watch YouTube videos everyday but I do play a few games everyday right here on chess.com!

XD

xiaotonghuang9

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FireAndIce
After each game I play, I copy the PGN to www.chesspractice.com and review the game and play through alternate moves. I also only play 30 minute games
NimblePonytail
Wow thanks for all the support and tips guys I’ll be sure to implement them all going forward. And I’m excited to see what @Sneakiest_Of_Snakes comes up with :) .
AustinF13

😊 Hello Reader. 🐾🌻I am Austin from South Africa. I was once completely lacking skills and understanding of the Chess game, but learning, watching grandmasters live, and practice keeps me growing everyday. 🐾🌻One tip I discovered is that, if you wanna be good in Chess don't gamble with your pawns. Pawns are a great investment. 1 point pawn can turn to a 9 point queen. 🐾🌻Therefore reader, always protect your pawns and don't gamble with them, because you'll need them at drastic times. Please follow me at AustinF13 Enjoy Chess 😉

AustinF13

😊 Hello Reader. 🐾🌻I am Austin from South Africa. I was once completely lacking skills and understanding of the Chess game, but learning, watching grandmasters live, and practice keeps me growing everyday. 🐾🌻One tip I discovered is that, if you wanna be good in Chess don't gamble with your pawns. Pawns are a great investment. 1 point pawn can turn to a 9 point queen. 🐾🌻Therefore reader, always protect your pawns and don't gamble with them, because you'll need them at drastic times. Please follow me at AustinF13 Enjoy Chess 😉

AustinF13

😊 Hello Reader. 🐾🌻I am Austin from South Africa. I was once completely lacking skills and understanding of the Chess game, but learning, watching grandmasters live, and practice keeps me growing everyday. 🐾🌻One tip I discovered is that, if you wanna be good in Chess don't gamble with your pawns. Pawns are a great investment. 1 point pawn can turn to a 9 point queen. 🐾🌻Therefore reader, always protect your pawns and don't gamble with them, because you'll need them at drastic times. Please follow me at AustinF13 Enjoy Chess 😉

agf13

Well the best thing I do to get better is 

a) Read LOTS of books.

b) Play chess everyday.

c) Read articles on chess.com.

d) Watch videos on chess.com.

e) Just play, play, play!!!

Sneakiest_Of_Snakes

@NimblePonytail I've looked through your games and you seem to be in what I call the "second stage" of the beginner stage. You know how to move your pieces, you understand the rules, and can see where pieces capture and can be captured. But just barely. 

Luckily for you, this second stage is quite easy to get out of. You're in that 700-1000 rating and the only thing you need to learn to improve from this stage is how not to blunder in chess. You don't need plans, strategies, or grand tactics. All you need to do is not blunder and learn how to take advantage of opponent blunders? What do I mean? When I looked over your games, I saw that there were pieces hanging on both sides as early as move 4. That is unacceptable. A piece so early is a death-sentence and if you can learn to avoid these, you will see a massive spike in improvement instantly.

How do you do so? You ask yourself these two questions after every move your opponent makes, and after every move you are about to move. Ask yourself.

1. What is my opponent doing?

2. Is my move safe?

These two questions may seem simple, and you scoff at it's ability to catapult over 1000 rating, but if you're not, I can assure you, you are not doing it properly. When I say every move, and every single one of your moves, I mean EVERY single one. Do it until you don't want to do it anymore. Do it until it's so engraved into your mind that you no longer need to ask yourself these two questions. That is how you improve. This video over here explains these two topics and some other strategies to get you over 1000.

2 Questions to Push You Over 1000 Rating (and more!)


The third stage of beginner-hood is where I see many people get frustrated and quit the game, or just get stuck and can't seem to get by. They seem massive spikes of improvement when they are first beginning and have fun, but after some time of being stuck, they think that chess isn't the game for them. But that's just bollocks. If you ever see yourself getting to this point, make sure to dm me for future advice, as I've helped many people get past this stage.  It's hard, but it's definitely doable for anybody who puts in the hard-work.

NimblePonytail
Hey man thanks a lot I appreciate it