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  1. 15 Feb '07 16:55
    Hey guys, could you please share with me how long it took you to improve your rating from a certain point to another?

    Ex. It took me 38 days to go from 1060 to 1180.

    My rating on average is only about 1230.

    This will help me realise how hard it gets at certain levels. My goal for the end of the year is 1600-1800.

    Thanks
  2. Standard member ivan2908
    SelfProclaimedTitler
    15 Feb '07 17:07 / 1 edit
    Sorry, but impossible. At least chances for that are 0.001% I think. You should have BIG natural talent for that. I think wormwood progressed very fast, but as I see from his threads he is working really hard...
    Way too optimistic, but believe me, if you achieve 1500 within a year, you are fantastic, so focus on that. Don't be discouraged if you don't improve as fast as you won't, you have to work for the results. And, yes, be patient.
  3. Standard member HandyAndy
    Non sum qualis eram
    15 Feb '07 17:08
    Originally posted by Ian Coetzee
    Hey guys, could you please share with me how long it took you to improve your rating from a certain point to another?

    Ex. It took me 38 days to go from 1060 to 1180.

    My rating on average is only about 1230.

    This will help me realise how hard it gets at certain levels. My goal for the end of the year is 1600-1800.

    Thanks
    The easiest way to change your rating is to play a game.
  4. 15 Feb '07 17:12
    Originally posted by ivan2908
    Sorry, but impossible. At least chances for that are 0.001% I think. You should have BIG natural talent for that. I think wormwood progressed very fast, but as I see from his threads he is working really hard...
    Way too optimistic, but believe me, if you achieve 1500 within a year, you are fantastic, so focus on that. Don't be discouraged if you don't improve as fast as you won't, you have to work for the results. And, yes, be patient
    Hmm. 1600+ in a year is not an insane goal. Just spend time thinking about your moves, remember opening principles, and don't hang pieces. That alone should take you to 1400+.
  5. 15 Feb '07 17:12
    1920->1981: 2 days
    1981->2000: 9 months
  6. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    15 Feb '07 17:42
    The post that was quoted here has been removed
    we seem to have roughly the same speed of improvement, I started just a couple of months after you, on june 22nd 2005. and like you, it took me 8 months to 1600, then 10 months to 1800 against your 7 months.

    how are you doing on other time controls? I find my game seriously breaks down on faster controls. 1200 FICS blitz and 1600 FICS on standard (30 30 games). I think it's probably for the lack of experience...
  7. Standard member ivan2908
    SelfProclaimedTitler
    15 Feb '07 17:47 / 1 edit
    I still think it requires big talent and hard will, and getting from 1000 to 1800 in a year it's not something that is often seen. Sure, on RHP rules and possibilities are different than in OTB, but is that enough to jump from begginer to A class player within a year??

    I think the poster asked about OTB rating, because he didn't finish any game so far on RHP. And this is something quite different. On this site, your rating doesn't depend only on your skills but also on your patience, analyzing, databases and if you are determined to find a best move, you can search for it for hours, or wait for another day when you are in better mood, until you really find it. Ratings here are different than FICS or ICC or FIDE ratings, no?
  8. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    15 Feb '07 17:52 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Ian Coetzee
    Hey guys, could you please share with me how long it took you to improve your rating from a certain point to another?

    Ex. It took me 38 days to go from 1060 to 1180.

    My rating on average is only about 1230.

    This will help me realise how hard it gets at certain levels. My goal for the end of the year is 1600-1800.

    Thanks
    My advice is: study tactics. They will bring you the most immediate wins.

    Play computers. Set them at a level where you can win some, but not most, of the time. Stay there until you start winning more than losing, then up the difficulty a bit.

    Hold off on rated chess until you've improved your tactics. When you do play rated again, stick to higher-rated players as much as possible. Don't play anyone too far below you, because any points they get hurt your rating too much. If you're 1400, for example, never play anyone below 1300.
  9. 15 Feb '07 18:03
    Well I kindoff ment my rating on playchess.com Blitz and slow, and well whatevers heh.

    But seriously I think I can do it. I am about 1250 now on there and have been playing 56 days. I have school now and my time is limited but I do invest allot, and I do mean allot of time into chess. I play everyday, I study everyday.

    Today I played allot of chess and just finished 40 mins of studying chess tactics, that was 90 Puzzles, multiple moves.

    You guys still didn't answer my question though.
  10. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    15 Feb '07 18:06
    Originally posted by Ian Coetzee
    You guys still didn't answer my question though.
    yes we did.
  11. Standard member Dragon Fire
    Lord of all beasts
    15 Feb '07 18:40
    Originally posted by Jusuh
    1920->1981: 2 days
    1981->2000: 9 months
    1500 > 2000 10 years

    2000 > 1500 10 minutes!
  12. 15 Feb '07 18:41
    Originally posted by wormwood
    we seem to have roughly the same speed of improvement, I started just a couple of months after you, on june 22nd 2005. and like you, it took me 8 months to 1600, then 10 months to 1800 against your 7 months.

    how are you doing on other time controls? I find my game seriously breaks down on faster controls. 1200 FICS blitz and 1600 FICS on standard (30 30 games). I think it's probably for the lack of experience...
    I'm sure you've posted it elsewhere, but I'm lazy... What/how do you study?
  13. 15 Feb '07 18:48
    I'm sure it is all relative. If you are starting chess from scratch, and lack an abundance of natural skill, then yes, it will take you a while. If you seem to be able to grasp the concepts, you may progress quicker.
  14. 15 Feb '07 19:00
    Originally posted by wormwood
    we seem to have roughly the same speed of improvement, I started just a couple of months after you, on june 22nd 2005. and like you, it took me 8 months to 1600, then 10 months to 1800 against your 7 months.

    how are you doing on other time controls? I find my game seriously breaks down on faster controls. 1200 FICS blitz and 1600 FICS on standard (30 30 games). I think it's probably for the lack of experience...
    I had approximately the same speed of improvement when I started out. I found it relatively easy to get to 1600. But unlike you and Sicilian Smaug, I never worked very hard on my chess, and for a year or so I have barely worked on it at all, so I stagnated. I hope I'll get out of my chess laziness some day and make progress again. Fast games would be an entirely different story - I don't think I would get anywhere close to the rating I have here without a lot of work, especially training tactics and visualisation.
  15. 15 Feb '07 19:14
    Blitz is horribly frustrating...but I find I've made about 300 points in progress in about three months. It still seems so sloppy though .