6 Tips To Break 1400 – Chess Tips, Strategy, Ideas – How To Get Better At Chess-Intermediate Players

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In this video I share the top 6 mistakes players rated around 1400 are making. I will share tips and tricks on how to get better at chess and improve your chess rating quickly and push past 1400 to reach 1500,1600, and beyond. I talk about the difference between a tactics mistake and a blunder in chess, as well as forks in chess and discovered attacks and discovered checks. I also talk about dealing with time trouble and how time pressure can affect your games I also go over a very common chess opening trap that many players have fallen for. Please comment below and let me know if you’ve passed 1400 for the first time!


  1. Ive been playing for about 20 years and i still suck. Ive never really studied how to play chess but i think its like being born ugly no matter how hard you try youll never be gorgeous you can do things here and there to not be as ugly but youre still going to be ugly but maybe just not as ugly lol. Same with chess if you werent born with the ability to see several moves ahead of time you wont magically start seeing moves ahead of time. Thats my problem when i play i only see i did a bad move after and once i see it im like damn its so obvious how did i not see that before lol

  2. I have watched these vedios to go from 800 to 1000+, Now I'm 1300.

    What I would say it: Consistency is the key.

  3. i am exactly 1450. i need this video because i can't beat 1500

  4. But surely these mistakes are more at 1000rating, I wouldn’t think anyone between 1000-1400 would often make these mistake

  5. Great vid Nelson, the last game was hilarious!

  6. I'm at 1500 I find my weakness is not nowing any theory openings like I guess I'm quite good at midgames creating attacks and stuff I have a main fixed opening with queen's pawn opening d4. I also feel more strong when I use white than black possibly because I don't have that good of an opening when I play black pieces. Would u recommend trying to memorize theory openings like queen's gambit lines or scisillian at 1500 or is it too early? Also does anyone have some suggestions on good openings to play with black like a fixed opening and/or theory opening.

  7. Man I just hit 1400 today I feel like magnus. I screenshot it in case I never it again lol

  8. 1400 is a decent score, how did black went all the way on the other side with the king, in the middle game πŸ˜‚

  9. That first example, where you gave away the bishop for nothing, I'd classify that as a blunder, not a tactics mistake, but I see why you would call it a tactical mistake, because it's a miscalculation.

  10. I always enjoy watching people who play trap openings lose. It's like they have no idea how to play if the trap doesn't work

  11. is the rating for lichess or actual rating

  12. At 7:40, white was dumb because he could have captured the knight with his King, and the rook is now protected.

  13. Literally 1:07 in to the video and I already know what I need to work on.
    This is extremely well done and informative; you actually gathered data, made a spreadsheet, and hit us in the face with calculated results that show a statistically significant reason what players around 1400s are struggling with.

    Now THAT is convincing and I had an immediate revelation. Thank you, liked and subscribed. 😁

  14. Now that I’ve stabilized at 1400 blitz seems im making 3 move blunders instead of 1 move blunders, and also just missing a winning combo (because im getting tunnel vision on my plan) Reviewing the games and sticking to a set opening has helped a lot. Looking forward to these tips haha

  15. I bounce between 1200-1400. Most players quit when down a peice. It makes it hard to learn mid/ endgame because so few games are played out.

  16. To get over 1400 you need to drill simple tactical patterns over and over so that you don't make the tactical errors which are highlighted in this video. It takes time building up tactical knowledge so don't worry if you are making such errors. It comes with practice.

  17. @8:01 found it instantly but B checks on the other side. Not as strong but still works

  18. One of the benefits of learning openings is you can move fast and preserve time in the beginning

  19. Chess improvement really is mostly, make mistake, analyze mistake, be familiar with the mistake, be less likely to make the mistake again, or in some cases almost never again.

  20. 3 months ago I was 1150 now I am 1400 and stuck

  21. 2:12 that's exactly what my opponent did with his queen today πŸ˜‚. He sacrifice his queen not knowing I can capture with my king πŸ˜‚

  22. I’m stuck at 140 πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  23. Been stuck between 1350-1400 for a few months now. I’ll update in a month or so.

  24. 1400 is actually my goal 🀣 been stuck at 750 – 800, I used to be stuck at 600s

  25. wtf the king just running to the other side of the board in the last game πŸ˜‚

  26. Grammar Check seen not saw ; gone not went Grammar Check

  27. weird thing it very easy to see that I am threatening discovered attack but somehow lot easier to miss when opponent builds it. I guess it is generic disease of not paying attention to opponents moves at all

  28. Been a long time subscriber Came back to this video to reminisce

  29. I love The question you are telling us to think ourselves, every move we have a lot of questions to ask,

  30. I have been playing computer bots almost exclusively since seriously getting into the game about a year ago.. I know it sounds kind of weird, but I don't like beating people. Through studying and applying what I have learned from your excellent videos, I have steadily improved. At first, I was getting crushed by a 1200 bot, but eventually turned the tables winning 4 out of 5 games on average. The same progression then happened with the 1400 and 1500 bots. Today, I moved to playing a 1650. I got crushed in the first two games and then drew the third game. I know a draw is nothing to get too excited about, but it felt like I reached new level. When and if I win, we shall have to see.

  31. Thanks fella, great advice and has helped me a lot. Love your vids

  32. Why are these 1400s way worse than the ones I used to play with, they didn’t use to make a lot of these silly careless mistakes shown in the video

  33. I refuse to believe the last game was played by 1400s… even 1400 lichess can’t be that bad, right? Right!?!

  34. Thanks dear grand master Although most of the players know that all but listening your analysis makes a very good very different impact

  35. I even recommend ur channel to my friends. Ur content are so valubleπŸ‘Œ

  36. In a tournament game I had a really stupid tactics mistake when I sacrificed my bishop to deflect a rook and deliver a checkmate. And if he doesn't take my bishop, I deliver a checkmate anyway because I add an extra attacking piece I didn't even consider the fact that he could capture my bishop with his bishop which had been pinned just a move ago. Just a move ago meant that it was no longer pinned by the time I decided to deflect the rook.

  37. 9:12 a triple fork , a double attack and a pin at the same time

  38. Now days even 1100 wouldn't make these mistakes πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  39. Thanks for your quality vids Nelson. I’m working through a bunch of them and they’re really helping to devise an improvement plan. I really appreciate you backing up observations with metrics taken from analysing 100 games. That’s class and very underrated. Thanks man 🍻

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