34 ( +1 | -1 ) getting betterI am about 1300 E.L.O. What can I do to win a tournament in 16 weeks time (with a maximum rating of 1400 in the league I'm joining) It feels very "in my reach" , but I don't know to be honest to get better.I can study about 2 hours a day.So I don't mind putting hours in. On this moment I'm doing tactics and tactics and some more tactics. What should I do ?
40 ( +1 | -1 ) chose a solid opening...... and practice that a lot by playing blitz games. That way you familiarize yourself with the ideas behind the moves and can gain a certain understanding of it. That helps a lot. Many games are basically lost within the first 10-15 moves if one side doesn't know how to proper respond to certain threats... Think especially about what to play when you have the black pieces.
25 ( +1 | -1 ) Most important!Don't study too much! Make sure you take the time to recharge your mind. Looking at a position with a clear, open mind will help you more than a mind cluttered with subjective theory and possibilites.
28 ( +1 | -1 ) i'd suggest studying puzzles. not too many a day or your brain will freeze up, but at least once or twice a day. it helps at in all areas of the game - concentration, depth, principles of winning attack, seeing through complex possitions, and confidence when taking on the tough guys.
28 ( +1 | -1 ) anaylizeyour own games. you can download the games you play here and look at them with a PGN viewer. You can also have a chess computer do it for you. My play improved just by looking at the mistakes I made after the game was over win or lose. Silman's books are good also.
21 ( +1 | -1 ) Thanks everybody for the advice , I will sure follow up on them. Yes blackbaron you are right :) I had my cuffing last year already so I want to do some studying to avoid a repeat. Thanks again everyone :)
133 ( +1 | -1 ) my opion!you should study tactics and combinitions,lots of them like 2,000 .then you study your middle games books and ides like pawn strutures and centralization,then you study endgames even the drawable positions,even the ones you dont get into,then you obviously take a break like 2hrs your choice, then you study games of famous chess players that have your opening repotoire,those games have to be annotated,then after study the above you take a break for a week or 2.then you study your openings and opening blunders of your repotoire,dont study all the varaitions to those opening just about 3 or 4 in ur rept,then about three weeks before the big game or tournament take a break. this info i give u will increase ur chess rating dramatically if ur intrested just leave me a message here in gameknot,my rating here is not great because i use this site as test for my OTb games.a few chess sites have give me a rating of 1900-2200. i got there by studying and doing the above,dont forget to include physically excerise in it too,and get plenty of rest,also learn from ur mistakes in the last games u played. =) hope this helps
156 ( +1 | -1 ) OpeningsMake sure you have a few solid openings that you know well, are totally comfortable playing and actually understand what you are trying to do woith the opening.
Many games are decided before the middlegame is even reached, simply by players not understanding what they are trying to achieve in a certain opening. It's no use knowing the book by heart for an opening - if someone deviated from the book you then need to be confident that you know how to punish them.
Next the endgames - I know very few players who know how to play the endgame accurately - you even see many top level master games where players make inaccuracies in the endgame and lose drawn positions. At the 1300-1400 level, good endgame play will win you more games than trying to play fantastic tactical combinations. Knowledge of basic principles is more important than fancy looking combinations that appear once every blue moon.
One good exercise is to take a position from your games and remove all the pieces. The pawn structure will generally tell you who is going to win the game (assuming material is equal and no genuine winning threats already exist). You can see where the weaknesses in your opponents position lie - sometimes obscured by too many pieces catching your attention!!
Hope all the advise is useful - everyone has a different way of studying and improving - if you find something that works, stick to it. If you want any specific advise, drop me a Pm and I'll try and help.
Best of luck Chris
20 ( +1 | -1 ) Read the chess cafe novice nook for tipsIf you go through the archive of novice nook articles, especially the parts about "Real chess", you should have a good chance in succeeding in the upcoming tournament.
Good luck :-) Trond
51 ( +1 | -1 ) Hagar.....The best way in my opinion to prepare for a tournament is to look forward to it, and enjoy the competition,stay away from chess books that are out of your league thay will only cloud your vision! instead go back to basics, when i won the minor event in Jersey "channels island" in 1997,i employed these tactics' you are only as good as your grade! don't try and be clever.Good luck enjoy the event>keep me posted on your result, best regards xaviar.
30 ( +1 | -1 ) Improve your chessThe best teacher you need is your own mind ! "No books, no programs can teach you that" You must know the reason behind the move you make; better position, pressure on the defense, kings' safety in the future, etc...etc. When you know this you move in the good direction.
ps. Don't underestimate a pawn.
34 ( +1 | -1 ) none of the aboveyou've got 6 weeks? then go over your last several games with someone rated at least 500+ points higher than you and find your mistakes, find out why you made these mistakes, learn a better way to handle the positions and then play a few practice games to learn how to put what you've learned into practice.
73 ( +1 | -1 ) for the tournamentHone your tactics by doing some puzzles. You cannot go wrong with that.
Decide beforehand what to play against 1.e4 and especially 1.d4, get some information about the openings you're going to play, some known traps, middlegame plans... reasonable amount of preparation is fine as your opponent will play out of book eventually.
Look for pawn structures in your games, as mentioned above.
Don't mess your brain with too many (too advanced) books.
You don't want to ruin a won ending, so K+p vs. K endgame knowledge is essential.
And, yes, Novice Nook articles by Dan Heisman are excellent.
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32 ( +1 | -1 ) Hagarwhat I advise is that you stop playing completely , dont read any chess books at all , start drinking heavily and forget about chess completely. This wont help your chances , but it will improve mine ! Maybe see u at Next Generation , hope I dont have to play you !