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. When i was 600 i played against a 1300 with the englund gambit trap and won so even though it might not be so common try to learn some traps in common openings so if they are played you know what to do i have studied the englund gambit trap a bit and i know quite a bit on what to do at a certain point and its possible to checkmate in 8 moves so watch out for it

  2. As someone stuck at 1100, the most interesting thing to me about this video is that 1400s are making the same mistakes as me and the 1000-1100s I'm playing against. (I fell for that Englund Gambit trap just a few days ago and lost my bishop).

  3. the highest I ever was is 1423 or so. I am at 1391 right now.

  4. Do you have a video on consolidating your pieces? I hear this all the time but really don’t have a good grasp of the concept

  5. Great video.
    Every move creates a weakness. Blitz and Rapid games are becoming the norm and time constraints hinder thinking and it follows that these games have a high level of mistakes / blunders. Analysing games is vital. Think about The Art Of War and putting yourself beyond defeat.

  6. I saw a lot of learning videos for intermediate players this is the best because it is the most down to earth of the problems intermediate players are struggling with.

  7. I played a tone of 1400 games never had a crazy game like the last one with the king leading the charge.

  8. Such a cool finish by the black in the last game ending up with the king on the first rank! :O

  9. 6:03 this is exactly why you dont want do develop your bishops on d3/e3 or if you are black d6/e6

  10. Have to hand it to you for painstakingly analysing massive amount of games to make this video

  11. 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

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

    What I would say it: Consistency is the key.

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

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

  15. 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.

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

  17. 1400 is a decent score, how did black went all the way on the other side with the king, in the middle game πŸ˜‚

  18. 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.

  19. 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

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

  21. αš«α›žαš±α›αš«αšΎ α›šαš’αš¦α›–αš± says:

    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. 😁

  22. 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

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. @8:01 found it instantly but B checks on the other side. Not as strong but still works

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

  27. 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.

  28. 3 months ago I was 1150 now I am 1400 and stuck

  29. 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˜‚

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

  31. 1400 is actually my goal 🀣 been stuck at 750 – 800, I used to be stuck at 600s

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

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

  34. 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

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

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