2 Chess Rules To Reach 2000 ELO Rating
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Chess Rules to Reach 2000 ELO Rating

Chess Rules to Reach 2000 ELO Rating

Today I’d like to share with you 2 important chess rules that will improve your rating drastically and help you reach 2000 Elo rating and beyond in no time.

The main problem with most chess players is that they start learning some chess rules, make some progress, and reach a rating between 1400-1800. But after that certain level, they can’t progress any further and are stuck at that rating level. Their ratings go up and down a little bit, but they remain at that level.

Recently, I’ve been analyzing the results and the progress of the RCA students who increased their ratings drastically, and I found that these 2 ideas helped them make a breakthrough in their chess progress.


A Common Mistake When Applying the Chess Rules

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In this position, it is Black to move. Let’s imagine that you are playing this position with Black; it’s your turn. How do you play here as Black?

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Generally speaking, what I have noticed about the progress of chess players (and maybe you can notice this as well) is when you start learning chess initially, you gain knowledge. And your rating goes up and that’s pretty fairly smooth. But, at some point, usually people reach their limit. Whether it’s 1000 or 1200 or 1500 or even higher than 1800. But after that, they reach a certain level and they can’t really progress any further. Their rating goes up and down a little bit and there is never a breakthrough.

So, now let’s see a common mistake that people do when analyzing chess positions. In the position above, what we can see is that Black has the bishop and the queen aiming to the g2-square. This creates mating threats to the white king. Of course, there is a challenge because White’s knight is protecting that weak square. At this point, maybe you are thinking of how you can deflect this knight, right?

Wrong Way of Thinking: To Stick with the Same Idea Over and Over Again

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1…Nd5 is a possibility and, after the exchange of knights, trying to deliver checkmate or maybe 1…Nf5; that looks even stronger because it doesn’t obstruct the diagonal. So, if you think in that way, you are likely to play Nf5. The problem is that White is not forced to take that knight. In fact, Nf5 is not a major threat because, after any random move like 2. Rce1 Nxe3 3. fxe3, the white queen defends the g2-square.

So, that can often happen and prevents people from progressing further. Then, you see an idea and your brain wants to persevere and find a way to accomplish this goal. This is normal and perhaps in life is good to persevere and find the way through; but in chess, that’s not really how you think about it.

Chess Rules to Reach 2000 ELO Rating

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How Can I Go Forward and Attack Something?

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In chess, it’s more beneficial to think in terms of what attacking options I have. So, you ask yourself: “How can I go forward and attack something?” You are in the face of these different options available for you and then you can evaluate which one works best. And it’s not only candidate moves and calculation, it’s the shift in the mindset that is not to push certain idea that you think and that you wish to work.

In the position above, we could consider a move like 1…Rb6!, going forward and attacking something. And it turns out that the rook not only wins a tempo attacking the bishop, but it is also ready to lift to the kingside and join the attack. And now if the bishop goes back in addition to 2…Rh6, which is not a bad move, we have 2…Qxh2!!, which is a forced checkmate. You can see the analysis below.


Golden Chess Rule to Attack in Chess

Chess Opening for Black

It is true that you have to be on the lookout for attacking moves, asking yourself: “How to go forward and attack something?”. But, there is a major misconception here as well. Sometimes, when you’re playing online blitz, you can see that your opponent is just trying to attack you boldly. But, sometimes, your opponent forgets the main rule of attack. The golden rule of attack says that the attacker should outnumber the defenders and only then your attack is successful. Let’s see the next example.


Applying the Chess Rules in a Tournament Game

As a final example, let me show you a game between Anton Korobov against Daniele Vocaturo. The critical position arises after Black move 15…Nc5.

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