Trouble beating 900+ players

Erwin1441

I’m a 900 player (Erwin1441 on Chess.com) and am having trouble beating players 900+. This is an example game that I lost.

I feel like from move 3 (f6) my back was against the wall. I have no idea how to recover from my badly placed pawns.

When I traded the center pawn I was hoping to gain more space for myself, but the opposite happened. I got stuck on the left side of the board.

I would appreciate any help on how to study and improve, so I can move up the ladder. Also any suggestions on my games are very welcome. Thanks!

LazyDog24

Always take a fair amount of time before each move to see if you are about to do something dumb. I do make dumb mistakes sometimes but a final check saves me a lot more than I make mistakes

Kapivarovskic

If you know the basic checkmates and are able to avoid hanging pieces you should be able to beat most 900 rated players... if you learn some basic tactics and opening principles you'll easily get to 1000 rating

SirMigraine
You’re lucky. I’m 900 because I don’t play enough rated rapid, you’re 900 because that is your skill. You should have no trouble getting to 1000, and beyond. Good luck!
Lexhibition

Sorry if it is irrelevant to the topic, but I don't understand why people never post their time controls with questions like these, because it matters a lot.

If you take rapid seriously and use the time that's been given to you, you should be rated well above your blitz rating (and even then 10-0 rapid and 5-5 blitz are close)

For example, if I play 30-0 as I have before, I'm confident that I can reach 1400 with a win rate of 60/40, if I play 10-0 I probably won't reach it. I think most players have this issue all through the beginner and intermediate levels that they just cannot calculate fast enough to beat players at lower time controls which are maybe the worst player, but just win because of faster calculations.

NeonKnight83

The first thing you should be concentrating on is development. Claim the center squares and get your pieces out and get castled. Don't waste time on pawn moves like f6 and h6.

Just keep it simple and in the center and don't leave holes like you did on g5.

You may want to find a less tactical opening where you can just move your center pawns, get your kingside pieces out in a hurry and castle ASAP. Don't attack prematurely. In fact, don't try to attack until you are developed on the kingside, castled and have all of your other pieces developed.

In short, practice tactics, of course, get a solid opening that allows you to develop and castle early. Don't attack so soon. This will get you well over 1000 easy and soon. This strategy will last you no matter how good you get. 

Friend me. I'd like to watch you develop as a player.

Good luck!

yuann

You can look on the lessons, learn things, look a bit longer before you move...etc.

houndstooth1

When your opponent pushes e5 in the scandi you should always push c5 and put your knight on c6. This will prevent white from getting a really nice pawn chain. Then just develop your pieces and deal with the e5 pawn later. Be prepared for sidelines like these and watch John Bartholomew or Gotham for some scandi theory and you should be good to go. 

mikeoxlong889

I dont think youre supposed to play your knight out so early in this kind of an opening it functions like the caro where the knight goes behind not in front of c7 basically you can forget about his pawn push because you want to try to undermine its protection so that its not a disposable piece like a pawn that youre attacking and yeah obviously f6 is horrible as black because of the permanent weakness youll have after he checks you on that diagonal and you also force your other knight away from the center which is bad, because knight do best fighting in the center. 

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Erwin1441

Thanks for all your tips and comments everyone. I really appreciate it!

 

@lexhibition: it was a 15|10 game

WALKINGLOSS
Kapivarovskic wrote:

If you know the basic checkmates and are able to avoid hanging pieces you should be able to beat most 900 rated players... if you learn some basic tactics and opening principles you'll easily get to 1000 rating

idk, but every time I win I get like 4 points, so I have to win 25 or something just to get to 1000 rated on Chess.com. If I however lose even 4 games, I drop near 50 points. I don't get the logic.

Aida_Amin

@Erwin1441- The best thing you can do is to try to continue to improve; do puzzles or tactics, read chess books, study openings/endgames, and just keep playing chess games constantly with long time controls (I would suggest 15+ minutes, which I see you have already been doing). We always have struggles in chess, and just have to get through them. It takes time and effort, but eventually everyone is bound to improve, no matter how fast or slow some people take to learn. Keep pushing yourself for that 1000 goal happy.png! Good luck!

Erwin1441

Thanks @Aida_Amin, will do! 😊

B1ZMARK

next time, maybe, develop your pieces and get your king safe?

 

yuann

yes

AndrewSmith16

https://support.chess.com/article/437-how-do-i-get-better-at-chess

 

Do some lessons amd drills etc, these can help you improve aswell. 

Kapivarovskic
WALKINGLOSS wrote:
Kapivarovskic wrote:

If you know the basic checkmates and are able to avoid hanging pieces you should be able to beat most 900 rated players... if you learn some basic tactics and opening principles you'll easily get to 1000 rating

idk, but every time I win I get like 4 points, so I have to win 25 or something just to get to 1000 rated on Chess.com. If I however lose even 4 games, I drop near 50 points. I don't get the logic.

 

The amount of points you win or lose is based on your rating and your opponents rating. If both players are the same or very similar rating (about 50 points difference if I am not mistaken) you should get 8 points for your win and lose 8 points for your loss. Zero points for draw.

If you're slightly higher rated then you'd get 7 points for a win and lose 9 when defeated, and vice versa, if your rating is a little lower. A draw should lose you 1 point in this case. And so on... the bigger the difference in rating in your favor, the less points you get for win and more points you lose when you for your losses. The bigger the difference in rating in your opponents favor, the more points you'll be getting when you win and less points you'll be losing when your opponent gets the better for you.

That being sad, it takes a few games before chess.com can accurately estimate your rating, so your first few games will be worth some crazy rating points. Otherwise let's say you're a 900 player but you start at 1500 and then it'll take you some 100 games/losses before you're actually playing your level

 

EdwinP2017
Kapivarovskic wrote:
WALKINGLOSS wrote:
Kapivarovskic wrote:

If you know the basic checkmates and are able to avoid hanging pieces you should be able to beat most 900 rated players... if you learn some basic tactics and opening principles you'll easily get to 1000 rating

idk, but every time I win I get like 4 points, so I have to win 25 or something just to get to 1000 rated on Chess.com. If I however lose even 4 games, I drop near 50 points. I don't get the logic.

 

The amount of points you win or lose is based on your rating and your opponents rating. If both players are the same or very similar rating (about 50 points difference if I am not mistaken) you should get 8 points for your win and lose 8 points for your loss. Zero points for draw.

If you're slightly higher rated then you'd get 7 points for a win and lose 9 when defeated, and vice versa, if your rating is a little lower. A draw should lose you 1 point in this case. And so on... the bigger the difference in rating in your favor, the less points you get for win and more points you lose when you for your losses. The bigger the difference in rating in your opponents favor, the more points you'll be getting when you win and less points you'll be losing when your opponent gets the better for you.

That being sad, it takes a few games before chess.com can accurately estimate your rating, so your first few games will be worth some crazy rating points. Otherwise let's say you're a 900 player but you start at 1500 and then it'll take you some 100 games/losses before you're actually playing your level

 

If you start you will have only a provisional rating first. So if you would start at 1500/1600 and lose your first games against 1600 players you will paired against lower rated opponents (1200 or 1300) and so. Your rating will drop heavily in the provisional phase if you lose all of your games. After 4-5 games you will have reached the 900-1000 Level.