Originally posted by iru
I guess I am not the first one to be frustrated by the lack of progress but it doesn't make it easier: during last year my FIDE rating dropped from 1700 to 1600, I didn't win even a single OTB game in a year and in recent rapid tournament had worse results than a year ago. I do tactics and study endgames, occasionally work on strategy and master games, play OTB ...[text shortened]... id it will interfere with my work and family life
I will appreciate any comments and ideas.
You could be on the brink of an upward jump,although a year seems quite long.
No games so no specific advice,but I'll give a good training method.In my opinion THE best method for amateurs like us.
First you get yourself a collection of games,a book or download from the internet and print them out.
If you have a chess hero get his,if not any will do.
Next get two sheets of paper,a pen and,dare I say it,a set and board.
Come back!You will have fun,I promise 🙂
Now you open the book,take the side that won (or your hero's side),play aprox. the first 10 moves and cover the rest.
Then you try to guess what's the next move for the side you chose and do this tillthe end of the game.
Whenever your move is different from the game write it down on the other sheet.Afterwards you try to figure out if your move was wrong and why.
When you've really made an effort and done the best you can then,and only then,ask a strong player to go over it with you.If this is no option,you check those moves with an engine.
Don't underestimate this!It requires a serious effort,it's the long,hard thinking about each move,both during and after the game,that will provide the later benefit.
But I've never seen it fail.And it's fun!