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I am 14,have a ELO IFDE of 1549,and my goal is to be FM.
I am seraching a chesscoach who could help me wihtout paying anything.

tpr edited #2

Whether your goal is to become FM, IM, GM, or World Champion is not relevant.
Why would somebody spend his time to make you better?

If you want to get better, the first thing to do is to stop playing bullet and variants. You should play at least 5+0 and preferably slower time controls: 5+3, 5+8, 10+0, 15+15... You should play rated games, not casual ones and preferably tournaments, not lobby games.

All you need is here at lichess and free: master opening database, engine analysis of your games, learn from your mistakes feature, chess insights, endgame table bases, tactics puzzles, a forum for analysis of your games.

Magnus Carlsen as a youngster had a paid chess coach, but as his parents had trouble paying for the coach, Magnus Carlsen fired his coach and continued study on his own.

@tpr „Magnus Carlsen as a youngster had a paid chess coach, but as his parents had trouble paying for the coach, Magnus Carlsen fired his coach and continued study on his own.“

Can you give a reference for that?

The coach was Simen Agdestein. I remember the newspaper report on that, because I found it noteworthy.

You are not likely to find a high rated player 2300+ to coach you for free. You are probably going to have to settle for comments like mine, and tpr.

I agree completely with him that you should for the most part avoid bullet games, and play on longer time controls. The only aspect of chess that bullet will help you practice with is time trouble. So don't get rid of it entirely if you enjoy it, but cut down on it.

First thing you should do is step away from the board for a little bit. Watch some lectures on youtube from The Saint Louis chess club. Some other good informative stuff comes from MatoJelic, or grandmaster finegolds youtube channel, Kingcrusher can be informative. Even a guy like Chesswhiz will be informative for you to watch.

Okay so you watched a couple of videos about chess, now your back.

Next thing you do is play some chess games. Play a game or 2. Analyze the games that you played. Make sure the time controls are longer than you usually play. Something like 10+10 should be fine. It's not a race. Think at least 5 seconds on each move. Take your time. The computer will point out where you went wrong.

Then when you are done with that click that "learn" button up at the top, and complete 10 tactical puzzles.

Go back play a couple more games. Use computer analysis again.

Go back watch another chess lecture.

Open up then pick a random game. Look at the moves played. Enjoy the game.

Now try another game... This time you will have a rook advantage. Let the computer on stockfish 8 play against you down a queen rook. Use 10+10 time controls. Do your best to win or draw. If you are not good enough to beat it up a rook, give yourself a queen advantage. If up a rook is too easy try up a knight. This sort of training is for teaching you not to screw it up when you have the advantage.

Where I'm going to disagree with TPR is the importance of the games being rated, or tournament games. That is not important when you are building up SKILL. That is only important when you are building up RATING. If you build the skill the rating will follow.

Above all else never give up, and keep trying. The higher your rating gets the harder it gets to keep going up in rating. The road from 1500 to 1750 is much easier than the one from 1750 to 2000 which is easier than the one from 2000 to 2250 and so on.

You are not in competition with magnus, or some powerful computer, or a random GM, not even in competition with your opponents. The only one you are competing against is yourself.

You learn more from a loss than a win. Keep practing... yada yada yada I could rant on and on, but I'll stop for now.

@lurarose one reason why I recommend rated games is that it allows to measure progress or lack of it. Another reason why I recommend rated games and tournament games is that it creates a competitive atmosphere that is better to progress than a casual atmosphere where people are more relax about winning or losing, about blunders, about takeback and so on.

Another tip for @the_loving_boy I looked at your one preferred game and I was shocked that you had offered a draw. Luckily he declined it... Never ever offer nor accept draws in positions where there is play left.

Ok.many thanks for your advices..
I watch Usually many video of Ben Finegold,Jonthan Schrantz and other ot the schloastic center ot St Louis.
My problem is,that,in longer games, i am too I really have to play with increment?

If you want to get better, you must think over your moves. You must spend time to find the right move. Impulsively moving in blitz or even bullet may be fun, but does not help you getting any better.

Impatience is a matter of age. The young Viswanathan Anand was very impatient too and moved way too quickly. Later he slowed down and even became World Champion.

Increment is useful because it allows you to properly finish endgames.


Toscani edited #10

When you are in front of the chessboard, try to discover what causes your impatience. When you discover what the cause is, you might be able to come up with a solution on your own or ask others how they focus on the game.

If you plan on playing OTB tournaments, you should learn to use increment time.