1900 USCF -> Looking to Break Expert

redchessman

I am a little over 1900 USCF and also FIDE and my short-term goal is to break expert (2000) by the end of the summer.  Recently I won a $50 gift certificate for Amazon.com at a chess tournament.  What should I buy with it to get to the next level?  Any other suggestions are welcome.

Thanks!

Trapper4

Well thats funny. I was recently at a tournament and the first place winner gets a $50 amazon gift card as well. (didnt do too good though :P)

_HuRRiiCaNe_

Buy a some chess books

jontsef

If you want to buy books then we'll need some more information.

Besides books, $50 is enough for Rybka/Houdini/Fritz (assuming you don't have a good engine, or you want to upgrade).

Another option is a DVD. Search for Fritz Trainer on amazon and you'll see many. For $30 you can get 4+ hours of lecture material from the likes of Shirov and Kasparov.

Good luck on your quest. As someone who's been there I can relate quite well.

P.S. Now that I checked, the Kasparov DVD on the Queen's Gambit is only 12 bucks... Has to be the chess bargain of the year.

redchessman
Trapper4 wrote:

Well thats funny. I was recently at a tournament and the first place winner gets a $50 amazon gift card as well. (didnt do too good though :P)

Well it looks like you are in the same state as me and I tied for first for the gift card, so it must have been the same tournament.  

Jontsef: I already have houdini (its free).  Also opening DVDs not sure how  relevant they will be for me.  I only own 2 non-opening books:  The art of attack and Silman's endgame course.  I've also read Silman's how to reassess your chess.  

FirebrandX: I want to just play tournaments to break 2000.  No Shady Business! 

redchessman

ChessTower:  I don't think Amazon.com is an appropriate site to buy Vitamins and health products.  I'm looking for something more chess related. 

lollolbuddha

Buy Grandmaster's secrets by GM Igor smirov.

redchessman
Shadowknight911 wrote:

at the National Open in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago, every one who had a plus score (3.5 out of 6 or over) got a $50 gift certificate for the Rochesster Chess Store.  I got myself the 9-DVD Nalimov tablebases for $55.

As far as getting to 2000, I got to 1900 in July of 2011 and got to 2000 at the North American Open in Las Vegas in December 2011.  I did something I probably shouldn't have done - going into the tournament I was 1966 but I had a really good tournament with 3.5 out of 5.  We calculated where I was at, and it was projected that I would be a bit over 2000 so I withdrew after the 5th round.  I was going to take a bye for the 7th round anyhow so it wasn't like I was going to win a lot of money.  I had wanted to lock in the 2000 because that was the original cutoff to qualify for World Youth for U12.  But at the end of January 2012 they changed the freaking cutoff to 2050!!

The best way to gain lots of rating points ("lots" means > 50 points in a tournament) is to join a class tournament where you are in the lower end of the section.  For example, if you're a 1900, in 3 weeks there's a Goichberg tournament in Agoura Hills, CA that has a U2100 section.  That would be perfect for you.  U2000 sections for a 1900-rated player is typically low reward/high risk because you get many players who are 1700s who try to play up.

hmm the Chicago class is coming up in 3 weeks so I think i'll play in the 2000-2200 section.  Thanks for the advice!  If the Nalimov Tablebases are free, I still need to find something to spend my giftcard on.

MattMcan

Do you already have a decent database?  If not I believe you can get Chess King for around $50..  It comes with a 5 mil game database so that you can study GM games, search for positions of interest to see how they should play out, etc...

It also comes with Houdini 2 which is a small upgrade over the free 1.5 (though that's not really a big deal), a moderate selection of static puzzles, and a mode which generates random winnable positions.  In addition the quest mode is useful for learning to win won games.  (playing against houdini full strength with material advantage).. 

Really though, the value of the program really boils down to the database and the programs searching/position generation features.  The database functionality isn't as full featured as chessbase, but it's price value and included other features still make it a buy in my opinion.

redchessman

I already have chessbase.  Thanks for the input though!

hicetnunc

You may want to buy a few books on relaxation/meditation.

Having a clear mind becomes more and more helpful as you climb up the chess ranks. Smile

flashboy2222

well, I'd sugest buying a bunch of those nice little knight erasers they had at the store :D I'm just a kid, what can I say.

cferrel

chessbase 11 with mega database so you have access to every master game to study.

ITALIA89

Really, 50 dollars? I've gotten a 150 dollar prize without even placing 1st.

CharlesConrad

Was the goal achieved? 

waffllemaster

Heh, always funny when some guy comes on saying he's rated 2000 FIDE for example and his chess.com ratings are all 1300... no I swear, for 8 months I thought the resign button was the congratulate my opponent on a good game button... also I always pressed it right before I won... I swear.

I know internet ratings don't mean much, but I'd guess redchessman is at least 1900 Tongue Out

redchessman
CharlesConrad wrote:

Was the goal achieved? 

haha no not yet...although I am pretty sure i broke my cycle of being low 1900s and high 1800s since I just jumped up 70 points to high 1900 with a 2290 performance lol.  One more good tournament should do it...sadly I probably won't be able to get to another tournament for like 2months at minimum might be more due to the inconvenient location of my university. 

Edit: Btw shadowknights advice was right on the money! I played like all masters to gain a massive point boost.  

waffllemaster

Just an observation, the people I've seen rated ~2300 on blitz are much stronger than 1900 OTB.  IMO it's just a matter of time.  A nearly 2300 performance rating I think indicates you're a bit better than 1900 lol

redchessman
waffllemaster wrote:

Just an observation, the people I've seen rated ~2300 on blitz are much stronger than 1900 OTB.  IMO it's just a matter of time.  A nearly 2300 performance rating I think indicates you're a bit better than 1900 lol

Yes, but guess how many games I won in this recent tournament i just mentioned.  Its a big fat one win.  I have some sort of draw disease otb where I just draw nearly all my games and rarely lose. I have more draws in uscf games than losses haha.  Basically what I am thinking is that if I am just going to draw most of my games I might as well play only stronger players than weaker players lol atleast as a temporary solution.  I am going to try studying alekhine's games as Gm lenderman suggested to me to help me play for the win.

Musikamole
redchessman wrote:

I am a little over 1900 USCF and also FIDE and my short-term goal is to break expert (2000) by the end of the summer.  Recently I won a $50 gift certificate for Amazon.com at a chess tournament.  What should I buy with it to get to the next level?  Any other suggestions are welcome.

Thanks!

I see that your Live Chess Standard rating is 1854. There's another topic up and active titled The "Estimated FIDE" feature on other chess websites.

How would you compare chess.com's pool with that of your own chess club? It looks like both pools are quite similar in strength, looking at your chess.com standard rating.

In the past, some will say that their chess.com rating and USCF rating are about the same, while others will say that their USCF rating is 100-200 points higher.

Maybe it also depends on how serious one takes internet chess? Some guys might not care as much about their internet ratings, thus not placing as much effort in those games.