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How to break rating barriers?

  • #1
    Hi all So I've been playing chess for three years now. I started out pretty well, and made it to 1400 just with local scholastic tournaments at schools. Then I realized I wanted to start taking chess to a more competitive levels, and I started traveling at longer distances to play multiple day events. I got to 1600 in March 2017, and played very frequently in long time controls. But ever since then, my rating has been dropping. I'm hitting the chess "plateau" as people call it. Now I know that everyone eventually gets to a rating barrier at some point, but I need some advice on how to overcome it. It is not that I don't study or practice at all, but I am just not improving. If anyone has any advice, or a new training method I could use to improve, please let me know. Thanks.
  • #2

    drink milk

  • #3
    Steroids !
  • #4

    Ask a serious question, get a load of moronic replys. basically the definition of chess.com forums. congrats on getting as far as you have bud. Hopefully somebody will help you out with an answer.

  • #5

    Geez, lighten up.

    The best thing about the forums are the amusing replies.

    As for the so-called "serious question", well one can be sure they've been asked a gazillion times already, with similar number of serious replies. If one can't be bothered to find that out by oneself, then one's not really "serious", is one?

  • #6

    excellent. close the forum everything has been answered why bother. nohijacking done*

  • #7

    Kill your chess and you will lose all barriers.

  • #8
    MagnusKarlysen hat geschrieben:
    But ever since then, my rating has been dropping. I'm hitting the chess "plateau" as people call it.

    If your rating graph is dropping then it's not a plateau.

  • #9

    Perhaps I can give you some thoughts to consider.  I never, in the past, hit a "ratings barrier" in a sense.  From the time I got my first rating, I added an average of 200 points per year until I peaked at 2001 USCF.  This makes it hard to answer the question but bear with me.  Due to school and work, I eventually stopped playing and, before I knew it, I had gone through 6 years of no competitive chess (and probably close to 2 years of zero chess at all).  I started getting back into it seriously maybe a month or two ago and was shocked (though I shouldn't have been) to find that I was a lot weaker than in my prime.  I was dropping pieces left and right so, about three weeks ago, I decided to set aside the opening theory I had been learning to test my tactics strength.  

     

    I had always been known as a tactics beast in my circle of chess friends.  I could hold my own against a young 2300+ at my local club even though I'd get crushed by a 2200 we both knew who was an openings monster.  I'd wager my tactics strength was probably consistently around 2200.  Well, lo and behold, when I started training three weeks ago with tactics, I found out I had dropped to a very low 1600 (low for me but not for a lot of people).  In this past three weeks, it has been a lot of hard work, but by drilling at tactics and re-learning some patterns I had forgotten, I'm up to nearly 1900 again and suspect that over the next 3 to 6 months I'll be able to reach or approach my former strength.  

     

    You may wonder why I've given this long-winded rant.  Well, in my case, when I realized I was having trouble, I asked myself where I'm weak at.  Once I identified it, I put everything else related to chess on the backburner and I'm focusing solely on that area of weakness.  Remember, in order to progress at chess, you need to know tactics, endgame theory, and opening theory.  Some people might throw in middlegame theory, but I'd argue that by knowing the other three, middlegame theory should naturally fit together on its own so it's probably a waste to study it too much, if at all.  My advice to you, then, is this: find your weakness.  If it's tactics, study them a ton until you see your tactics rating improve.  If it's opening theory (which had always been my area of weakness), study grandmaster games that all focus on the openings you want to play.  If it's endgame theory, get Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual and go through it.  If none of this works, it could be other factors.  Are you stressed with something else in life?  Has your confidence been impaired for some reason?  Are you eating well or not exercising enough (an area that I think is probably accounting for at least 100 points of my own drop)?  These are questions you should ask yourself.  

  • #10

    The position is lost.

     

  • #11

    canwedoit wrote:

    drink milk

    thanks. I'll keep that in mind lmao
  • #12

    Playing is not enough.

    Do you analyse your games.Do you spot your mistakes?

    If you don't do that then don't expect much.

    How about your study?Do you study?How many hours?Is your study focused?Is it consistent?

    How can anyone give you any advise without knowing anything else except that you play in tournaments?

  • #13
    oPAWNo wrote:

    Ask a serious question, get a load of moronic replys. basically the definition of chess.com forums. congrats on getting as far as you have bud. Hopefully somebody will help you out with an answer.

    I agree.

    This Forum is becoming unreadable.

  • #14

    you might need to exercise more

    because marathon runners have to train hard to run through barriers

  • #15
    FabioFI17 wrote:
    oPAWNo wrote:

    Ask a serious question, get a load of moronic replys. basically the definition of chess.com forums. congrats on getting as far as you have bud. Hopefully somebody will help you out with an answer.

    I agree.

    This Forum is becoming unreadable.

     

    It depends.  I think the comments above by Aizen89 and DeirdreSkye are very helpful.  

  • #16
    SeniorPatzer wrote:
    FabioFI17 wrote:
    oPAWNo wrote:

    Ask a serious question, get a load of moronic replys. basically the definition of chess.com forums. congrats on getting as far as you have bud. Hopefully somebody will help you out with an answer.

    I agree.

    This Forum is becoming unreadable.

     

    It depends.  I think the comments above by Aizen89 and DeirdreSkye are very helpful.  

    Yes is true, but is becoming very hard to find good answares inside tons of useless answares.

  • #17

    I had hit the plateau for a year, not going over 1700, for a whole year, but recently I have had a jump in chess knowledge and am now breaking 1700, 1681 now but my last tournament performance was 1800, nothing much to do besides work on your chess and go to a lot of chess tournaments, my friend was not able to break 1900 for a while, but he took a short 3 month break from tournaments and his next tournament he went over 1900

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