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Hey guys, I just wanted to ask you guys what you think of my 1 year progress and if you guys think I have potential?
Last year after I suffered a physical injury and had to cut back my physical activity, I knew I was going to have some extra time to pursue new hobbies. So what I did was I actually picked up an old hobby of mine, chess was something that I grew up playing and played until the 8th grade where unfortunately there was no more chess clubs that I knew of.
I never really thought much of my skill level as when I did play although I was the best in my grade, it wasn't exactly a school filled with young Kasparovs/Fischers/Carlsens.
Anyways fast forward to when I picked up chess again, I already had a basic idea of how to formulate strategies and what worked, however I really knew nothing of openings/tactics/ and long term strategy, so I had to start back at 1200 and work my way up.
Since then I've been able to gain a better understandings of all those areas and have been able to bring my play up to roughly the 1700 level (in about a year). My question is, is that good progress and if so do I have potential to maybe play at a high level one day? My lifetime goal is to reach 2000, anything beyond that would just be gravy.
I'd certainly say that's good progress, but I'm just an old patzer so I don't really know anything. I will repeat the conventional wisdom which is that anyone of average or better intelligence can become an expert at chess. Grandmaster, maybe not unless you start young and are lucky enough to fall into the right kind of training. 2000 seems eminently doable however. Best of luck with your quest.
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sure...why not? put your mind and effort into this goal and i'm sure u can do it. be mind ful 2000 is just a number, u will make many less mistakes,win more games. but in it self the 2 does not change much........
Congratulation for your progress and good luck from now on!
It would be great if you tell us a bit about yor trainng program and the books that youre read
I've started 4 month ago, my lowest was 597 and now I'm close to 1250 mark. Aiming for 1500 by the end of my first chess year :)
Nice porogress, you are a winner and can progress more. BTY the way to progress higher is to understand your mistakes and then try to not repeat them
I'm in your exact same situation!
Roughly 1700 after 1 year time. 1700 is around .85 percentile, achieved in only 1 year while there are so many players in that .85 that have been playing for several years, some even decades.
Strong potential. I'd say we'll get to 2000 in another year at most.
Then I want to become CM. Then stop because I don't want chess to take too much of my life eheh.
My main problem is lack of experience. While I do play good quality chess in the openings that I know, I feel "naked" against things I have no practice with. If I play in a Sicilian or in a Ruy Lopez I'm much stronger than if I play in e.g. the English. People could beat me with the Bird because so far I have played only 1 game with it!
I have a friend who keeps doing tricky offbeat openings just to avoid my preparation...but sooner or later I'll solve the huge holes in my preparation and I expect my rating to increase a lot in the next year.
Well I try and do the tactics trainer every now and then. Tbh I haven't read many books and done much of either one recently. It's mostly watching videos on openings/classic games/variations that has helped me. My suggestion would be to get a diamond membership because for the cost ($100 a year), it is an extremely inexpensive way at guarenteed improvement. I've done other activities where you can easily spend $100 on just a day's worth of that activity, chess for the most part is very cheap and any investment you make usually has return.
Very good progress. Here is a thought you might consider. I looked at a few of your games and noticed that if you had just a little better understanding of your board position you would improve your playing strength. For Black the pawn on F7 has to always be a concern. You where playing a game against computer 3 hard and you where black and lost. What I noticed was very early in the game the white bishop was placed on the C4 square placing pressure on the F7 square. Never once was its pressure interuppted or relieved. I think the game was played on Oct 25. Look it over and see what I mean.
I use this as an example in regard to positional awarness. It is not always the big things that determine an increase in rating , but rather little stuff here and there. I think for a year you are doing great and it seems like your ready to move up and onward.
Becky thank you for actually looking at my games, that is much appreciated (especially from someone of your skill level). I can't really comment too much on the game, but if it is me playing the computer that was me just "dicking around" while I was chatting with some friends. I do understand what you mean though, my positional awareness can definitely be improved, but the other thing that I have issues with is my focus because at times it really isn't there.
I appreciate that you took the time to write a well thought out comment!
I agree with that and I've defintely gone through it myself (having knowledge of an opening and someone doing something strange), I think the main thing is to keep confidence in our game plan and realize that as long as we haven't made any mistakes (or blunders) our position at worst is probably slightly worse and at best our opponent just made a mistake for us to capitlize on.
As for me, the 2k is a more immediate goal (I probably would be happy with it even if I don't progress any further), although I understand that with any activity, begginner gains are always the easiest and quickest, after that it becomes much more of a grind. So dilligence is far more important than quick bursts of "progress." Where I stop? Who knows? At this point I have tons of time to invest in this and with the acquisition of a Kasparov book coming in a few weeks, I do feel that my play as black will improve (seem to play a lot better with white, but don't we all?).
Nik, I'm sure it's frustrating to lose, but next time just click the 'resign' button on your right so I don't have to wait two minutes.
The only rating that comes close to reflecting reality is the Blitz rating and it is around 1500 not 1700. Bullet and Online ratings mean nothing one is inflated the other is deflated but Blitz is fairly accurate.
It took me a while to reach 2000. But if you got to 1700 within a year, then I'm sure you can reach 2000 no problem.
Focus on honing a solid repertoire, is my advice. You mentioned there are some openings that you are still uncomfortable facing.
Make it a goal of yours to become comfortable with all the openings you will face, and all the defenses you will play.
When you reach that point, with a solid opening repertoire and no gaps to plug, you should notice yourself creeping up on the 2000 level.
After that it becomes a matter of being more precise with your tactics, and also, honing your endgame.
Best of luck!
(And why stop at 2000? Why not become a Fide Master? :D)
I feel 100% secure in stating that no one can judge your potential based on a few sentences posted on the forum.
The larger question is, what does it matter? Certainly you can continuing improving, and no one can predict where your peak might be. Experience certainly tells us you are not likely to become a grandmaster, what of it? You can increase your skill and enjoyment of chess and appreciate its beauty ever more, no matter what level you can finally achieve.
Were you planning on quitting your job, selling your possessions, engaging a full-time coach and going on the road to play the open tournament tour? If so, think again. Otherwise, have fun and enjoy your chess journey wherever it leads!
All of my ratings on this site (including bullet, blitz, standard, and correspondence) are deflated compared to my rating in real life.
Nik, if you see this, how has your progress been from 9 months ago? I am sure I am not the only one curious.
I started playing chess about 7 months ago. My rating on here is only in the 1450's area because I haven't playd any rated games in like, 5 months lol I play against friends and got alot of the top engines to play against and learn from, as well as a chess coach from time to time who I have lessons with like once or twice a month. he said my most recent games were of 2200 quality, and on fritz I play well, very well against 2330's, and right now on Chessmaster for ps2, I got a rating on there of 2434 (chess master is pretty accurate, Joshua waitkinz worked on it with a few other masters) I developed my own training methods that have been working wonders for me. Your 1700 leap in a year is great, But I think your lifetime goal isn't that good. 2000 rating should be your next years goal, or next 6 months goal! You can do that. My goal when I first started was 2000 within the first year. I got a bit above that or at it in 7 months from never having even played chess before, and I'm 20 years old. my lifetime goal is over 2600, my next 5 years goal is around 2500.
You should set some higher goals for yourself, Really get into it, 2000 within the next year, maybe 2200 by next year, something like that, Tell yourself you can do it and have no doubt, but really work at it. I had sooo many people telling me 2000 in my first year wasn't possible, I said "I'll make it possible" lol The key is confidence without being cocky. What may I ask do you do for training? Maybe I could suggest some things for yah
In the really off chance that you're genuinely clueless about this, the rating that you get from Chessmaster means absolutely nothing.
There is no way anybody would reach a rating of 2000 in a year. Or even in 2 years. Heck, you reach it in 3 years everybody will have to compliment you: many people won't reach it at all in their whole lives.
You're 2000 only in your dreams. The only REAL rating is OTB rating. Go in a real tournament and I'm sure you'll get your ass handed over to you by people rated 1400. People who only play online (and you don't even do that!) have ultra-overestimate their abilities. In truth, most people who play online don't play seriously; for example yesterday night I was tired + I was taking on Skype + I was trying weird things.
The only rating that counts at all is OTB rating. Whether it's blitz, or rapid, or standard doesn't matter, play the version of chess that you prefer. But only OTB you find opponents that are really giving their best. And your rating doesn't increase with forfeits.
Honestly, you don't even have a clue how strong a real 2000 is. When you mentioned 2500 or 2600, well, I'll just ignore that.