Good things take time. A lot of effort is required to add an additional 100+ ELO to your rating. Be it 1000, 1100, or 1200, I’m sure you have spent some time getting to each of these milestones of chess ratings. And the more your rating increases, the more it gets difficult to add another 100 to the rating.
If you are stuck in the 1300s for a long time and looking for a way to get above, this article is for you.
I’m a 1700 rated chess player, who has spent quite some time in every range of a chess rating. You can see my progress in the graph below:
You can check my profile here.
In this article, I will share the top 5 tips of how you can climb the chess ratings and go beyond the 1300 level:
1. Study your own Games
Blitz games are fun to play, but if you are constantly stuck in a loop, and your rating is increasing and decreasing in the same range, then it is time to cut the playing time in half and give the other half to analyzing your games.
You don’t need to analyze and remember your whole game. You can start with choosing 3 positions in your game where you struggled to make a decision and play a move.
If you made the right move in any of those positions, then well and good, but if it was an inaccuracy or a blunder, you start by finding the best move on your own 1st. And if you can’t find it, only then take assistance from a chess engine, see what move it suggests and think about why is it the best move in that particular position.
Studying your games this way will help you a lot in improving your chess.
2. Build an Opening Repertoire
I’m quite sure that you already know that a chess game is played in 3 phases, the opening, the middle game, and the end game. The better you are equipped for each phase of the game, the more is there a chance to win your matches against players of similar ratings.
Another thing is that sometimes it becomes boring to play the same openings again and again, and you need to play a different opening to look at the chessboard from a different perspective.
The new lines will broaden your vision of chess and make the games exciting in a way that it can open up new tactical ideas for you. You need to leave the traditional, grabbing the center type of chess openings and start playing the gambits, because, at 1300 level, gambits are weapons very difficult for the opponents to cope with.
Check out the Englund gambit and Tennison gambit in the video links below, I’m quite sure you’ll love playing these openings, and they are effective up until the 1600 level in chess:
You can also have a look at my recommended openings for 1500 rated players. The more you know the openings with both black and white pieces, the better it is for your game of chess.
3. Be Brave
Don’t play too safe in chess. If you have a feeling that a move will work, play it. If it’s a bad move, you can fix it in the analysis later, but if it’s a good one, it will boost your confidence in chess.
Just make sure that your moves are not too ambitious, that leaves your king vulnerable. Make sure that your king is safe, and go for the kill.
It is also important to know that a successful attack on the opponent’s king requires at least 2 of your pieces to attack the opponent’s king in most of the positions. If his king is defended by a piece, you will need 3 of yours to attack the opponent king. That’s just the general philosophy of how attacks work in chess.
You can learn many such concepts by following the speed run of Grandmaster Daniel Naroditsky. In the video below you can start from the rating 1240:
4. Move with a Plan
In chess, a bad plan is better than no plan. Always move the pieces with some goal in your head. Playing on the clock without any idea behind the moves will only lead to problems.
The thing that will help you a lot in planning good moves is knowing your openings, the more you know an opening, the better you will be ready for the middle game tactics.
5. Solve Puzzles and Chess Tactics
Puzzles and tactics are a great way of winning material and in turn, winning the games. They are the opportunities that can arise in any phase of the game. Be it the opening, middle game, or the endgame, your opponent can blunder a piece anytime and you have to be ready to grab those.
There are 24 different types of tactics in chess, knowing them by name will help you a lot in spotting them on the board:
As far as puzzles are concerned, they are all made of the 24 different types of tactics mentioned above. On any online chess site, just like when you play games and win, you get matched with more difficult opponents, in the same way, the more you will solve puzzles, the difficult new ones you will get.
Solve those puzzles and they will help you a lot in going beyond the 1300 chess rating.
Practice makes a man perfect. But in chess, only practice is not enough. The tips we listed above are only a few, but enough to work on and become a higher-rated player. Once you get to the intermediate level of 1500 and above, you can then add more new things and make use of chess tips for intermediate players.
For now, the 5 tips mentioned in this article are enough for you to start off with. 🙂