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.
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.
- lichess.org is free. The site features some basic lessons, unlimited puzzles, and unlimited ability to play games.
- Chess Steps workbooks are inexpensive (~$10).
- The YouTube chess scene is massive and overwhelming. If videos work for you, find someone whose explanations help you and whom you enjoy. Some ideas include the Chess.com "Everything You Need To Know About Chess" series, IM John Bartholomew's "Chess Fundamentals" series, or even the "Building Habits" series by GM Aman Hambleton. There are many others too.
- Working adults may benefit from "The Adult Improver" series on The Perpetual Chess Podcast by Ben Johnson. He has also combined his research on adult improvement in chess, takeaways from podcast interviews, etc., into his new book Perpetual Chess Improvement.
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:
Play longer games, but fewer games and analyze them after you've played them.
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.
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.
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 ...