Chess Rating Climb: 1000-1200 | Chess Strategy, Ideas, Concepts for Beginner and Intermediate Player

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About this video:
This is a rating climb series (or speedrun) where I play games against players from different rating levels, starting at 600 and working all the way up to 2200. In this video I play players in the 1000 to 1200 range. I try to focus on the thought process behind the moves I’m making. You will learn all sorts of chess strategies, chess tactics, chess ideas, and chess concepts. I talk about how to think during a chess game and what the thought process should be.


  1. Would bishop to d3 at 12mins 15 seconds be a good move? I noticed you didn't consider it? It develops the Bishop and defends against the fork. Tradeoff being you don't get to take the Bishop on g4.

  2. Any advice for someone who's struggling to get past 1000 points on puzzles at chess/com? I'm not sure if I just need more practice or if I need to new way of looking at them.

  3. Good morning sir, Sir i am facing an issue I know my weakness, But I dont know how to
    Get rid of that
    Weakness:Cant play Closed Position

  4. I am very aggressive player Sometimes I feel that combination is there and without Confirming playing the move

  5. What would you say is a good rate of improvement? I started about 4 weeks ago and I’ve climbed from 490 to 750 but I’ve sort of plateaued recently.

  6. This was a really good video. You are a 'clean' thinker, which I appreciate. Thanks for doubling the clock. You still ran low on time though. 😂

  7. I think we gave too much credit to the first opponent, he/she was lucky of just playing instinctively the first moves (?) also i liked the 10 minute games good change

  8. I watched your 800-1000 video 2 weeks ago (I was 830 elo). Im now at 1.2k ready to climb the rating ladder once again 😈.

  9. Great video. The 10 minute format made it much easier to follow along, and I loved hearing more of your thought process.

  10. The first guy was way too strong for a 1000 damn

  11. Thanks for your videos, definitely the best chess improvement videos I’ve seen so far, well explained and to the point 👍✌️

  12. I loved this slower ten minute format 👍

  13. in your first game, when you setup to let your rook get taken by the knight, at one point you had a white square bishop that looked like could have been placed row 3 just under the enemy knight to defend letting the knight fork check your king and rook, i saw that option and it looked good from my perspective, but the game moved on in a different direction, just wondering if you saw that option and was it actually a good one?

    I appreciate these videos its nice to get a play by play on your thought process!

  14. We've all heard about the 'knights before bishops' but this 21:58 is probably the best explanation I have heard as to why.

  15. 10 minutes game is much better. It’s easier for our mind to follow. You are the best teacher. Thanks a million.

  16. Of course 2 pieces for a rook is a good trade:
    6 points – 5 points!

  17. The 10 minute control is way better nice video pal

  18. So valuable hearing the process behind your moves, thanks I've definitely learned something!

  19. Awesome instruction and enjoy the 10 min time control. Thanks

  20. Love these ratings climb videos. So useful. The 10-min format is really perfect.

  21. I've been hovering around 1100 for about 3 months now and don't seem to be able to move that notch up to 1200 and beyond. Any tips from anyone gratefully received?

  22. huge thanks i started to play chess with 300 elo rating 5 months agoand improve up to 1100 thanks to you <3

  23. Yes, the 10-minute games make it much easier to learn.

  24. 12:28 wasn't it more efficient Bd3 to develop a piece and to defence?

  25. 29:45 can't see why he resigned. He was way ahead on time and only one pawn down. Thx for sharing your thought process. Even though I'm still way below 1000 I find this useful.

  26. 28:10 wouldn't a better move be trading the bishops before moving the queen? it forces the opponent to take back with the king since the queen is pinned to defending the black bishop

  27. Sorry if this is a stupid question but how can you choose the ELO of the opponent? My games are always against people roughly the same elo as me.

  28. Nice video, specially how you are explaining each move. Question: at 29:17 why you did not consider putting rook at d1?

  29. Just hit 1100.
    Full steam towards 1200 😎

  30. I’m level 1150 and I’m trying to get better but it’s really hard to get and stay over 1200 for me, i keep losing

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