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Stuck at 400 ELO and I've been playing for a year.

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laurags01

To reach 1000 i had to play more than 4000 games

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ibrust
ItsMaddening wrote:
Uh, maybe I don't know the Sicilian opening strategy? Maybe it's actually the Italian or something.
Basically I do the thing where you move your king pawn out two spaces, then move the knights over the pawns, toward the center. Idgaf what it's called frankly
And I feel like I shouldn't have to care in order to reach level 500 after a year of consistent play.
I'm pretty sure there are just a lot of...assisted...players on this level.

I watched one of your games. You made alot of very bad blunders that threw away pieces, threw away your queen, and lost you the game. You did not calculate the combinations of moves and countermoves correctly. That problem is far and away the number one reason you are stuck at the 600 elo you are currently at. 
I wouldn't say you let alot of pieces hang where they could be taken in 1 move, you just overlooked many 2 move combinations that lost you pieces. 
Considering you've put a year into chess at this point... I think that amount of time investment justifies caring enough to know the name of the opening you're playing.
If you DGAF then I suppose you won't improve. 
But I guess someone has to be 600 elo - not everyone can be the highest rated player on the site, that's just not how elo works.
The other thing I'd suggest is not playing blitz games. When I think of a players elo I'm generally think of their elo in rapid games... blitz games are more for entertainment (IMO) or for those who have been playing long enough they have the entire opening repertoire memorized... it also rewards openings that are much more trappy and ultimately cheesy. Also blitz elo is not really accurate... for example there are 500 rated blitz players who are double that in rapid, then at the top of the blitz ladder there are 3200 rated players which... statistically shouldn't even be possible. But usually people feel that your real elo is your rapid elo, and that's the elo that most tightly tracks with FIDE.

shiven8364e12now

i am 11 and me too after playing for almost 4 months properly has got only an elo of 501 which is terrible. allthough my rating grew from 310 to 500 plus in the last few days i still consider myself as a noob and begginer. pls suggest me ways to improve at chess.

shiven8364e12now

bruh i started in november and i am only 500 elo

shiven8364e12now

hello guys i am 715 now after playing for 3 months and 20 days is it good i have played 640 rapid games so far . i was also stuck on the 300 level for like 2 months but now my elo is going up pretty fast . btw its my birthday today means i am twelve idk why i am telling u that .

shiven8364e12now

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its my cousins

shiven8364e12now
ibrust wrote:
ItsMaddening wrote:
Uh, maybe I don't know the Sicilian opening strategy? Maybe it's actually the Italian or something.
Basically I do the thing where you move your king pawn out two spaces, then move the knights over the pawns, toward the center. Idgaf what it's called frankly
And I feel like I shouldn't have to care in order to reach level 500 after a year of consistent play.
I'm pretty sure there are just a lot of...assisted...players on this level.

I watched one of your games. You made alot of very bad blunders that threw away pieces, threw away your queen, and lost you the game. You did not calculate the combinations of moves and countermoves correctly. That problem is far and away the number one reason you are stuck at the 600 elo you are currently at. 
I wouldn't say you let alot of pieces hang where they could be taken in 1 move, you just overlooked many 2 move combinations that lost you pieces. 
Considering you've put a year into chess at this point... I think that amount of time investment justifies caring enough to know the name of the opening you're playing.
If you DGAF then I suppose you won't improve. 
But I guess someone has to be 600 elo - not everyone can be the highest rated player on the site, that's just not how elo works.
The other thing I'd suggest is not playing blitz games. When I think of a players elo I'm generally think of their elo in rapid games... blitz games are more for entertainment (IMO) or for those who have been playing long enough they have the entire opening repertoire memorized... it also rewards openings that are much more trappy and ultimately cheesy. Also blitz elo is not really accurate... for example there are 500 rated blitz players who are double that in rapid, then at the top of the blitz ladder there are 3200 rated players which... statistically shouldn't even be possible. But usually people feel that your real elo is your rapid elo, and that's the elo that most tightly tracks with FIDE.

agreed i am 300 in bullet 500 in blitz but 715 in rapid somehow almost 1000 in daily ig the more time u have the higher your gets that ig works for begginers like me as hikaru fo example is 3300 in blitz and 2700 in rapid

whiteknight1968

You were at 800+ less than 6 months ago so you have the potential to get back there.

I would suggest slow down, play longer games, do puzzles, avoid blitz like the plague. Don't play more than a couple of games a day, maybe play the computer until you get stronger.

Lillyfux

Wait another year. Ive been playing for around 2 yrs and am like 600-650 so relax, take it slow, do puzzels, watch the lessons and youll be fine.

hatmaster123409

I am telling you If you want to cross the level of 800 start with queen's Gambit

hatmaster123409

More than 50% win rate for me with white

LesPersonnes1000

Think twice before each move.

Meowing_power

Learn other kinds of openings and when you face them in a game, you're prepared... Best of all, learn the endgame, when the position is equal, use opposition and sacrifice pawns to create a pass pawn

Noo0bb

dont play the sicilian even intermediates cant understand it play the london or the ponziani or the scotch

SomeRandomElf
ColdTehran wrote:

If you're rated 400 you ARE hanging pieces all the time(and so is your opponent) Try to develop a constant awareness of whether pieces are defended or not.

Here's an exercise; play a game of chess, without the goal of winning, just make it your sole intention to keep all of your pieces defended. Every move, scan through the position and check to see if any of your pieces are undefended and check your opponent's pieces too. This is more of an exercise rather than what you should be doing every single game, but the point is that this 'undefended piece awareness' that you're developing will soon become a habit.

Treat it like a mediation, just be aware of when pieces are defended and when they're not and gradually you WILL improve a lot. It's when this process becomes habitual that you'll really feel something click. Practice this and lemme know how you get on.

Btw: this exercise I got straight from John Bartholomew from his free video series chess fundamentals on youtube. The first video is about undefended pieces. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ao9iOeK_jvU

I will do that sometimes seems like good advice.

purplegems

Just try not to blunder and let your opponent make mistakes, around the move 25-30 for sure they will have blunder something at this point