Zero to Chess Hero: A Fun, Five-Year Plan for Boosting Your Chess Rating to 2000

  1. Baby Steps: Year One (0-1000)

So, you’re a chess newbie! Cool! In the first year, let’s get comfortable with the chessboard and how the pieces move. Learn the rules of the game: check, checkmate, stalemate, and en passant. Also, familiarise yourself with special moves like castling and pawn promotion.


  • Play a ton of games online. Websites like Chess.com or Lichess are perfect for beginners.

  • Watch fun and beginner-friendly YouTube channels, like ChessNetwork or Hanging Pawns.

  • If you’re up for a challenge, try your hand at simple puzzles that teach you to recognise easy tactical patterns (e.g., forks, pins, skewers).

  1. Level Up: Year Two (1000-1200)

Okay, so now you’ve got the hang of the basics. It’s time to learn some strategy.


  • Time to start learning chess openings. They’re the first few moves in a game that can set you up for a great game (or a quick loss if you’re not careful!).

  • Play more games. Seriously, the more you play, the better you get.

  • When you finish a game, go back and check out what you could have done better. Chess websites usually have some pretty nifty tools for this.

  1. Getting Good: Year Three (1200-1400)

You’re not just playing chess now; you’re strategising. Let’s push your chess understanding to the next level.


  • Dive deeper into the world of chess openings. Choose a few that you like and learn them well.

  • Watch games from chess masters. You can learn a lot from their clever strategies.

  • Keep playing, and start thinking about joining local tournaments. Nothing improves your game like a bit of healthy competition.

  1. Almost There: Year Four (1400-1600)

You’re doing great! You’ve gained some serious chess skills, but there’s still a little way to go.


  • Up your puzzle game. They’re not just fun brain teasers – they can teach you useful tactics.

  • By now, you might have found some weak spots in your game. That’s great (not the weak spots, but knowing what they are). Now you can focus on improving these areas.

  • Think about getting a chess coach. They can provide personal advice tailored to your game.

  1. The Final Countdown: Year Five (1600-2000)

This is it. You’re on the final stretch to becoming a chess wizard. Time to bring out the big guns.


  • Keep polishing your game. Iron out any kinks in your strategy and patch up those weak spots.

  • Step up your competition game. Join more tournaments and play against higher-rated players. It might be tough, but it’s worth it.

  • Consider using advanced chess software to analyse your games.

And that’s it! You’ve made it! From chess newbie to chess hero. Remember, this isn’t a race, and everyone’s chess journey will be different. This plan is here to guide you, but the most important thing is that you’re enjoying the game. So, have fun on your journey to 2000! You’ve got this.

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