2 Chess Rules To Reach 2000 ELO Rating

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In this video lesson, GM Igor Smirnov teaches the 2 important ideas (chess rules) that will improve your rating drastically and help you reach 2000 Elo rating and beyond in no time.

The main problem with most chess players is that they start learning some ideas in chess, they make some progress, and reach a rating between 1400-1800. But after that certain level, they can’t progress any further and are stuck at that rating level. Their ratings go up and down a little bit, but they remain in that level.

Recently, GM Smirnov has been analyzing the results and the progress of the RCA students who increased their ratings drastically, and he found that these 2 ideas helped them make a breakthrough in their chess progress.

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00:00 2 Ideas to Double Your Chess Rating
00:26 Stuck at 1400-1800 Rating? How to progress?
01:04 Pursuing an idea and wishing it works
03:21 1) How to go forward & attack the opponent
04:15 2) Golden Rule of Attack in Chess
05:39 Example-2
08:00 Secret to reach 2000 chess rating
10:02 Can you find the winning move?

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497 Comments

  1. STOP_NotDAChess [Dark kitsune soldier anderson] says:

    I need 200 rating for this brand new expert title before I turn 14
    edit: my birthday is in 7 days and i’m a 1900 now

  2. this really changed how I look at chess, and explains why I am stuck at 650 trying to force ideas I see in videos online

  3. Q – e7 check, K moves to g8, Q-e8 check, rook takes queen, Rook-e8 mate

  4. Queen f7 check, queen f8 check, Rook f8 checkmate

  5. Got it. Queen F7 check, Then queen 👑 f8 check black takes with castle 🏰 and then white check mates with castle

  6. Pretty sure for the end puzzle its a back-rank mate. Right?
    1. Qf7+, Kh8
    2. Qf8+, Rxf8
    3. Rxf8#, 1-0

  7. move queen to f7, king's checked and goes to h8. Queen then moves one square forward to f8 and rook takes, white rook takes back and checkmate. 😎😎

  8. I can't see what's wrong with bishop to f3 for the 1st one. It bypasses the pawns that can block. I know that's not the point of your video, but I'm asking because reasons.

  9. Thanks this is so helpful, I’ll now play my chess more like rugby, constantly pushing forward, rather than like football, back and forth.

  10. Mate in three qf7 king goes to h8 then you play qf8 and sacrifice the queen room takes room and it’s mate

  11. This happened to me. I'm stuck between 1350-1400 and can't seem to put it together to get to the next level.

  12. I actually eventually saw the move Rd8 for white, but I missed the follow-up move of Qe7 (after Qf7+, Kg8), attacking the rook and threatening the fork. Also saw the knight trade, ruining black's pawn structure and half opening the h file. Pretty proud of myself.

    For the puzzle: Qf7+ Kh8 Qf8+ Rxf8 Rxf8#

  13. What an amazing video. I paused to analyze when you told us to and was surprised when I resumed that you went through my exact thought processes and showed the problems with them. So informative. Thank you!

  14. Queen to f7 then the only legal move for blackis king h8 the white moves queen to f8, rook takes queen and then white rook takes black rook to deliver smothered mate

  15. The first position if I were black I will play Nf5 to threat white knight which is the only defender against the mate.

  16. What if I'm content being a 1500, though?

  17. White: Qf7
    Black: Kh8
    White: Qf8
    Black: Rxf8
    White: Rxf8 checkmate!

  18. "The 2 ideas that can literally double your rating."
    Horsey moves in an L shape.
    King can't go through check when when castling.
    There. Rating doubled. 100 -> 200.

  19. "Attackers must outnumber defenders"
    Mikhail tal: yes

  20. ► Chapters

    00:00 2 Ideas to Double Your Chess Rating

    00:26 Stuck at 1400-1800 Rating? How to progress?

    01:04 Pursuing an idea and wishing it works

    03:21 1) How to go forward & attack the opponent

    04:15 2) Golden Rule of Attack in Chess

    05:39 Example-2

    08:00 Secret to reach 2000 chess rating

    10:02 Can you find the winning move?

  21. This had better not be clickbait Igor. If I'm not 2000 Elo by tomorrow then I'm complaining. Only 1000 Elo to go 🤣 Puzzle answer: Qf7, Qf8, Rf8.

  22. Second comment. This was a brilliant video. Thank you. In the second game we saw, I don't understand why white didn't fork the Knights with b4. I know a mating attack is better, but white was attacking pawns instead of going for the free Knight. Or WAS the first harmless moves the start of the attack?

  23. I read a book from this GM published in 2000. I read it in 2012, and improved my game.

  24. the puzzle solution is one of the typical themes of backrank puzzles, first you give a check with the queen to push the king to A1, then you sac the queen and mate with the lined up rook.

  25. Yes, actually chess is not that difficult, you just need someone to tell you how to do it "right"! Thank you very much Mr. Smirnov.
    Solution: Qf7+ Kh8, Qf8! Rf8, Rf8#

  26. Master, is it tuff for black when pawn moves f3 (3.50). Bp move back to e2 (3.38). ✍️ Every brain have 1000 of ideas..crack their idea by our brain is help to winning chances..only..chances…🤭 Master just mention about golden rules of chess.🐱where is your "background🐱" our greetings to ur loved 🐱.

  27. I'm Stuck 1500 it's been 2 years , 💫💫😵

  28. Puzzle
    King g8, Qf7 check, Kh8, Qf8 check, Black Rf8 capture the Qn, and Rf8 capture the white Rook, check mate the black king

  29. 1. wQf7 check > bKh8 2.wQe7 > bRe8 3. wRf8 check > bRf8 4. wQf8 mate

  30. Sorry to post this here Igor, but could you please respond to the 3 emails I've sent to the RCA regarding my purchase of The 7 Keys to Victory? Many thanks. P.S. Enjoyable video.

  31. For 2nd example I thought its b4 😓🤣🤣

  32. Solution: 1.Qf7+ ,Kh8 2. Qf8+, Rxf8 3. Rxf8#

  33. You are always a good teacher, Mr. GM Igor.

  34. You missed a smothered mate on black king

  35. Daily puzzle:

    Queen f7 check to king king goes to h8 queen to f8 blacks rook takes queen and whites rook on f1 takes blacks rook checkmate.

    A pretty simple one 🙂

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