Hello Everyone! I have a fide rating of around 1450(1452 to be precise) and I have been playing for the past 4 months and I am 12 yrs old.
I have not been very happy with my perfomances. I practice easy puzzles on chesstempo for 15 mins, then I read a book(currently Think Like a Grandmaster by A.Kotov and Improve your Calculation) for 1 and half hour. Then after 2-3 hrs of doing other things (such as doing school work etc.) I comeback to do 10 problems from Encyclopedia of Chess Combinations(lasts around 40 mins) and then sit on chess.com for just browsing.
I feel the effort and time is enough, the way needs to be changed. Also, I have a Balanced Opening and have no problem there.
Kotov is needlessly complicated, and is too advanced for your level anyway. Igor Smirnov and Dan Heisman have far simpler and more effective methods, such as use judgment in quiet positions but when there's contact calculate.
LeMoir's Deadly Chess Tactician is a great read for learning tactical motifs, but tactical drills are great for reinforcing your raw memory and pattern recognition. Learn positional imbalances such as weak squares, color complexes, center types, and pawn structures too, that way you have a base to revolve plans around. It simply isn't practical to brute force every position considering how many possible moves quieter positions have.
Mt technique to get 1600 ELO strength was not very complicated:
Play at the local chess club each week, join the local tournaments (2 hours at least), I got 1½/18 points, so quite boring.
When not in chess club, a little chesstempo and then computer games.
I began studying seriously when I was at 1600 ELO, maybe the orange Yusopov Books is good for you? They are difficult, but they will improve every section in your play, calculation, tactics, openings, endgame and positional play. With exercises, which is the best way to improve.
Get a good looking girlfriend and have her stand behind you during tournament games.
Any More Help will be very kind.
I want to do the same thing! If you find out how to do it, do let us know!
Why would you need to boost your FIDE rating?
As far as improving is concerned, the classical way is to analyze your games, find out your weaknesses, and work over them. If you can't find weaknesses, you can ask someone who's good at chess and has some teaching abilities to look through your games (preferably analyzed by you) and give you an advice. Or post them for the same reason.
If this does not work, get a horrible looking guy or gal stand behind you. Just kidding. Let some better player analyze your games. With the books you've been reading, you should be at least 1600. Some aspects must be needing to be fixed and improved.
Maybe, it's only been me playing chess since 4 months! So anyways, thanks
It's mostly the writing style and his tree of analysis seems a bit convoluted. However, just his quote of seeing what he can leave en prise was worth the price of the book so it's good overall, just the tree of analysis part was too rigid.
At that level you need to stop playing hope chess and check for the opponent's checks, captures, and threats, and still study basic and some intermediate tactics. Endgames of course, master games where the next move is hidden until you decide on your candidate, etc.
Any other suggestions anyone?
Post one of your games. OTB game is best or online game with long time control. We need to see your game before commenting.
i'm not a huge fan of kotov to be honest. anyway, my main plan to seek improvement whenever i get Chess Fever is something like:(Chess Fever sucks, by the way)
1. play a bunch of games at any decent time control (don't really need super long games)2. go over them and think about what you have struggled with. (ie when you didn't have a plan, or when there were too many plans, or whatever, you know what i mean)3. seek the answers by whatever means you have available (engines, books, databases, coaches, posting in forums, etc)4. ????5. PROFIT!!
it also doesn't hurt to run all the games through a quick engine check, sometimes it's surprising how "obvious" moves have been missed.
@Mandy711 I am posting one of my recent games.
My most recent game in an OTB toourney. The time controls were 25 mins +10 secs increment. All ratings are FIDE.
You played very well in this game. You understand tactics and opening principles. If you think your improvement is slow means only 1 thing... endgame weakness. Did you study any endgame book? If no, I recommend Averbach's "Chess Endings: Essential Knowledge".
Ok, Thanks Mandy!!
yeah, that was a strong game. i'd also say that you are probably FIDE-underrated.
Thanks Everyone for encouraging me and A Happy Independence Day To all Indians!!!
Happy Independence Day to you and your people in India.