I started playing chess in July. I was at a 600 rating on Chess.com for a month. I started playing seriously in August and have played regularly (at least a few blitz and rapid games everyday). Currently, I am rated 1300 on Chess.com after 800 games(10 minutes). I seem to have moved past my blundering days (although still blunder every now and then). I also play shorter games on lichess (rated 1400 on blitz).

I haven't really read any literature yet. I started reading Logical chess by Chernev. I play the games out on the board and they are fascinating but I don't see how I can improve with them. Also, I do puzzles on lichess frequently. I haven't seen any significant changes in my thinking process recently when I play games. What's the next thing I should do?

My goal really is to be able to create and execute longer plans in the game while being able to read the opponents plan and defend. I was told this corresponds to the ~1900 rating range, so that would be my target (rating wise) by the end of 2019.

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    Although you've gained a lot of rating points in the last few months, note that the rating progress will not be linear and that going from 1300 to 1900 is a lot more difficult and time-consuming than going from 600 to 1300. Getting to 1900 shouldn't be impossible with good practice, but be prepared that it may take longer than a year. – Scounged Dec 20 '18 at 8:18
  • Also I recommend, don't play intensely more than 3 days a week, initially. Or you'll feel burnt out,and won't have much cognitive capacity left for other things in life. – Rohit Dec 22 '18 at 1:39

This is an open-end question. My recommendation is join serious face-to-face tournaments where you play games at the classical time control. Playing blitz is fun, but not a good idea for learning chess.


Unless you're Magnus Carlsen, you pretty much never move past the blundering stage. They just tend to be smaller blunders.

In addition to the advice in this answer, I highly recommend analyzing your own games. Those are two of the things that helped me jump from around a 1400 USCF rating, to eventually breaking 1700, before dropping back down to my current rating of ~1600. That still took me a few years, though, mostly because I was usually one of the two lowest rated players in the small local tournaments I played.

If you can get a coach, or even a stronger friend to train with in person, that is very helpful as well. They can more accurately pinpoint exactly what you need to work on to improve.

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