27 ( +1 | -1 ) improvingi bet this guy that i could make 2200 by end of 05... i know it was dumb, cause it probly wont happen cause im only around 1760 now :-( how can i get better enough to be NM in 1 1/2 years? are there any special books or any aspects of the game that would let me improve the fastest?
49 ( +1 | -1 ) not to be read seriously ;)play a lot of elder people with a good rating; some of these old sports' ratings are nothing but an image from their better days ;)
a more serious suggestion would be to find a strong player who is willing to teach you a bit, and who can show you how to improve yourself as a player. but most of the good players (FM or something like this) want a good deal of money for that kind of aid.
btw. what's the stake of that bet *just being curious*
31 ( +1 | -1 ) no real stakethe guy just said i will only reach expert as my lifetime peak....im only 14 and im 1760 uscf, not even 250 points away from expert... i thought theres no way i wont even gain 250 points in the rest of my lifetime, so i told him i would make NM(2200) by end of 05... so now im in this prediciment... funny, heh?
75 ( +1 | -1 ) My suggestion..warning: This is not in any way healthy advice, but if you are really serious about improving...
Pretend you are the young Bobby Fischer, quit school, study the most advanced russian chess literature you can get your hands on Study the books for 6 hours/day, don't just go through the books, but analyze them to such a deep level as to look for mistakes in the author's analysis! Also play chess every day, go to every tournament you can and each and every game give your opponent the greatest fight of your life. You should reach your goal this way, though you will probably end up just a mental burn-out, highschool drop-out like Fischer... but hey, the guy is famous and played some of the best chess games of history.
169 ( +1 | -1 ) ;)since the u.s. female squad had attended some lessons held by Kasparov, you might consider one or two little surgeries, I guess it's probably not what you had in mind, but in order to achieve a certain goal, some sacrifices have to be made. or as NHL-Hall-of-Famer Ray Bourque puts it: "Any sacrifice will do" ok, this was about winning the Stanley Cup and playing with injuries... but anyhow, I don't think, this is a less healthy approach than "living" like Fischer.
but as I mentioned above a teacher at a very good skilllevel (elo 2200+) might be helpful.
but anyhow, considering you're just 14 you still have a good chance of achieving your aim, I don't think you'll do it in a two years time, but if continue to play, you might achieve within 5 years or so (maybe less). The advice with the "Tactics, Tactics, Tactics" was probably the only one that was meant seriously, but I'm likely to disagree with him. In my opinion tactics will raise you to a certain level, but tactics doesn't help you to find a win in quiet positions, where you need to play positional. Attendting as many tournaments as possible? Hum, might be, but in my opinion it's better to play 20 games a year and really try to improve your game afterwards by analyzing the games, than playing 200 games a year without your "homework". Analyze your games (especially the ones you lost) together with a better player, who is willing to show you what you did wrong, which ideas might've been better.
I'm not sure if CC can provide you with this kind of aid, I think therefore will be OTB games of a better use (especially against strong player, who are usually willing to analyze the game afterwards together with you).
8 ( +1 | -1 ) Lasker maintained that a tutor was indespensable to anyone who hoped to excel.