i have been stuck at around 1100 elo for some months now and it's getting so frustrating and kinda demotivating. Iam playing a lot on chess.com but still stuck. Any tips and good resources for me to get better. Honestly, any advice would be very helpful. FYI, i don't have a membership so i can only do like 3 puzzles a day.

  • post your profile. do you analyze your games?
    – qwr
    Commented Oct 21, 2023 at 15:58
  • Here is my account username: NZ59956 Commented Oct 22, 2023 at 4:28
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    Side note: on lichess, you are not limited by the number of puzzles ... Also it is important to analyse your games. Mainly possible/useful if the speed of the game is not too fast. For analysis engines are usefull. Analysing with a friend and comparing points of view is even more important.
    – Damien
    Commented Oct 22, 2023 at 13:17
  • There are several reasons you could be stuck at 1100. I can provide a useful answer if you answer a few questions. Here's the first one: do you frequently lose games to tactical blunders from relatively equal positions? Second: do you frequently lose games by being gradually outplayed into a losing position? Third: do you have trouble creating a plan once out of the opening? Fourth: what time controls do you play most frequently? Fifth: if you can, provide a game where you feel like you played decently but still lost. Commented Oct 27, 2023 at 21:08

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All plateaus are different -- what holds you back is not the same as what holds another person with the same rating back.

So you need to look at your games, and see what causes you to lose. Then stop doing that.

Much of the time, it's things that you already know -- like losing pieces because you didn't notice that they were attacked, or that there was a simple tactic that you usually see but not that time. Then you need to figure out how you can notice them during the game and not make such mistakes anymore. Tips from others (without seeing your games) and resources aren't necessarily the answer.


The main tips for improving at this level are almost universally agreed upon by chess coaches, titled players, etc:

  • Play (a lot).
  • Analyze your games. Try to find 1 key takeaway / lesson per game.
  • Train basic tactics. These need to be ingrained until they are mastered.

Don't focus too much on rating, focus on the process and enjoy! Chess is a game and should be fun.

Resources: There are a number of low cost resources that are also suitable.

Additional tips found here.


At your level, improvement will mostly come down to tactics. You can find free tactics all over the internet. The short answer is:

  1. Spend more time doing tactics than you spend playing games.
  2. When you do play chess, avoid super fast time controls like bullet--they train you to react, not to think.

learn easy to understand systemical openings such as KIA, Pirc, London, Colle. Stick with one of them. This way you come accross different variations against the same setup

  • Narrowing the set of positions you can play and understand is a horrible way to seek mid/long-term progress.
    – David
    Commented Nov 1, 2023 at 13:53

It is normal, in any field, to stay at a certain level of knowledge for some time. However, if you continue studying and practicing, you will progress.

One activity that can help is teaching the subject. When you do so, you will discover that improvement is not only challenging for you but for everybody. Another important lesson from teaching is that, as you teach, you need to analyze not only your thoughts but also the thoughts of your students.

Finally, when you have to prepare the material, that process helps you fill in any gaps you may have in your understanding of the subject. If you do not have students, you can always create a YouTube channel, but if you teach in person, you will have more fun.


i have been stuck at around 1100 elo for some months now and it's getting so frustrating and kinda demotivating.

First tip: don't care so much about the number. Care about learning and improvement, and the number will certainly follow. I know that it's easier said than done, but it's extremely common for chess players to get obsessed with their rating, which can ironically lead to less success.

Iam playing a lot on chess.com but still stuck.

The advice given here that you should play a lot is both correct and misleading. Surely, you need practice and skills to become better. But also don't play too much! You need to spend a decent amount of time to learn chess, solve tactical exercises, analyze your games, etc. 3 puzzles a day is insufficient. And remember when solving puzzles: never guess a move and try it, always see the entire variation in advance before making the first move! Also it is very important in the beginning to play long time control games, as you'll never learn the skills and habits that will make you strong if you only play blitz games.

So here are my concrete tips:

  1. Play longer games, but fewer games and analyze them after you've played them.

  2. Register on ChessTempo. This is the best site to train tactics on, better than lichess and chess.com - and tactics training is entirely free!! The puzzles themselves are better, you have the option to have 'mixed' puzzles (read about it), as well as a spaced-repition opening trainer for your openings (similar to chessable), endgame training against the tablebase, etc. You can also play on this site, but I prefer lichess (and chess.com) for that.

  3. Get good thinking habits, that's easily worth 200 Elo. Never move without asking yourself what your opponent's next move would be. Calculate a concrete move/variation. To put it like IM Andras Toth (great chess coach, check out his YouTube channel): "If your decisions are not based on concrete variations, you're not playing chess". This will heavily reduce your blunders, the #1 reason to lose.

  4. Study chess. Watch YouTube lessons, or register on ChessFactor (where you can get master-taught chess courses for free!). You can also consider learning from books, chessable courses, etc ...

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