Good chess tactics, but no improvement in chess.

alvarezlvn86
Hello, my tactics rating fluctuates between 1400 and 1600. I cant seem to get beyond 1200 in chess 15/10. I dont know if it'sbecuase I'm not learning my openings or if I'm not concentrating enough when playing.
IMBacon

1.  Openings have nothing to do with the result of your games.

2. You're doing what everyone at your level does:

Not following opening principles.

Hanging material.

Missing simple tactics.

blueemu

I looked at your most recent blitz game (against farhoumand32) and you blundered a piece on move 19 and then missed a chance to win it back on move 23.

I'll check a game at slower time controls.

EDIT: Your 15-minute games against 13pp13014 and Daisyrainbow were also decided by blunders.

There is still plenty of scope for tactical improvement.

Ziryab

I'll put money on concentrating. Either that, or you are concentrating intently on the wrong things. Basic board vision will cure the blunders that blueemu noted.

When solving tactics, ignore the clock. First locate every vulnerable piece--undefended and under-defended on both sides--then find the correct answer no matter how long it takes. If you get it wrong, solve it three more times right away. Stop after you have gotten five wrong.

alvarezlvn86

Thank you all for the advice

ghost_of_pushwood

The rating systems are independent of each other.  Thus, 1200 in Rapid might well equal 1400-1600 in Tactics Trainer.

ghost_of_pushwood

Also, since it's a lot easier to do a bunch of problems (rather than playing an equivalent number of games), TT ratings will likely be a good deal more volatile than Rapid.

Prometheus_Fuschs
ghost_of_pushwood escribió:

The rating systems are independent of each other.  Thus, 1200 in Rapid might well equal 1400-1600 in Tactics Trainer.

My tactics rating is 1700 ATM, I do believe he should have a better rating for his tactics but alas, chess progress is one of those misterious things you can't wrap your head around.

kindaspongey
IMBacon wrote:

... Openings have nothing to do with the result of your games. ... You're doing what everyone at your level does: Not following opening principles. Hanging ...

Apparently something sometimes goes wrong in the opening. Perhaps it can help one to follow opening principles if one looks at some games for this or that specific opening. Some of us think that it can be useful to use books like First Steps: 1 e4 e5 and First Steps: Queen's Gambit
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7790.pdf
https://www.newinchess.com/media/wysiwyg/product_pdf/7652.pdf
as sources of games with explanations intended for those just starting to learn about an opening. Might be a good idea to first look at Discovering Chess Openings.
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627114655/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen91.pdf

kindaspongey
alvarezlvn86 wrote:
... I cant seem to get beyond 1200 in chess 15/10. ...

"... thinking correctly in most positions takes time. Playing almost exclusively fast games obviously precludes practicing correctly, and so you will never get very good! Sure, fast games are fine for practicing openings (not the most important part of the game for most players) and possibly developing decent board vision and tactical 'shots', but the kind of thinking it takes to plan, evaluate, play long endgames, and find deep combinations is just not possible in quick chess. … for serious improvement ... consistently play many slow games to practice good thinking habits. ..." - NM Dan Heisman (2002)

https://web.archive.org/web/20140627052239/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman16.pdf

kindaspongey

"... for those that want to be as good as they can be, they'll have to work hard.
Play opponents who are better than you … . Learn basic endgames. Create a simple opening repertoire (understanding the moves are far more important than memorizing them). Study tactics. And pick up tons of patterns. That’s the drumbeat of success. ..." - IM Jeremy Silman (December 27, 2018)
https://www.chess.com/article/view/little-things-that-help-your-game
https://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-start-out-in-chess
https://www.chess.com/news/view/a-new-years-resolution-improve-your-chess-with-new-lessons

https://www.chess.com/article/view/mastery-chess-lessons-are-here
"... In order to maximize the benefits of [theory and practice], these two should be approached in a balanced manner. ... Play as many slow games (60 5 or preferably slower) as possible, ... The other side of improvement is theory. ... This can be reading books, taking lessons, watching videos, doing problems on software, etc. ..." - NM Dan Heisman (2002)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627084053/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/heisman19.pdf
"... If it’s instruction, you look for an author that addresses players at your level (buying something that’s too advanced won’t help you at all). This means that a classic book that is revered by many people might not be useful for you. ..." - IM Jeremy Silman (2015)
https://www.chess.com/article/view/the-best-chess-books-ever
Here are some reading possibilities that I often mention:
Simple Attacking Plans by Fred Wilson (2012)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090402/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review874.pdf
http://dev.jeremysilman.com/shop/pc/Simple-Attacking-Plans-77p3731.htm
Logical Chess: Move by Move by Irving Chernev (1957)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708104437/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/logichess.pdf
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played by Irving Chernev (1965)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/most-instructive-games-of-chess-ever-played/
Winning Chess by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld (1948)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708093415/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review919.pdf
Back to Basics: Tactics by Dan Heisman (2007)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708233537/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review585.pdf
https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-back-to-basics-tactics
https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5856bd64ff7c50433c3803db/t/5895fc0ca5790af7895297e4/1486224396755/btbtactics2excerpt.pdf
Discovering Chess Openings by GM John Emms (2006)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627114655/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen91.pdf
Openings for Amateurs by Pete Tamburro (2014)
http://kenilworthian.blogspot.com/2014/05/review-of-pete-tamburros-openings-for.html
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/openings-for-amateurs/
https://www.mongoosepress.com/catalog/excerpts/openings_amateurs.pdf
Chess Endgames for Kids by Karsten Müller (2015)
https://chessbookreviews.wordpress.com/tag/chess-endgames-for-kids/
http://www.gambitbooks.com/pdfs/Chess_Endgames_for_Kids.pdf
A Guide to Chess Improvement by Dan Heisman (2010)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708105628/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review781.pdf
Studying Chess Made Easy by Andrew Soltis (2009)
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708090448/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review750.pdf
Seirawan stuff:
http://seagaard.dk/review/eng/bo_beginner/ev_winning_chess.asp?KATID=BO&ID=BO-Beginner
http://www.nystar.com/tamarkin/review1.htm
https://web.archive.org/web/20140627132508/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/hansen173.pdf
https://www.chess.com/article/view/book-review-winning-chess-endings
https://web.archive.org/web/20140708092617/http://www.chesscafe.com/text/review560.pdf