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A Strategic Plan to Study Chess: Your Roadmap from 1500 to 2000+ ELO | Chess for Kids

How to Craft Your Chess Strategy: A Step-by-Step Roadmap from 1500 to 2000+ ELO

  1. A Strategic Plan to Study Chess: Your Roadmap from 1500 to 2000+ ELO
  2. A Strategic Plan to Study Chess: Expanded Edition with PGNs, Tools, and Resources
  3. Deep Dive into the Opening Phase: A Specialized Roadmap to 2000+ ELO
  4. Mastering the Middlegame: Your Guide to a 2000+ ELO
  5. Conquering the Endgame: A Comprehensive Guide
  6. A Guide to Tactics and Strategy: Elevate Your Game
  7. Other Aspects of the Game


Greetings, chess enthusiasts!. In chess, as in life, strategy and planning are the key elements of success. For those who want to make a serious improvement, from the mid-level 1500 ELO to the expert level of 2000 ELO and beyond, it's crucial to develop a disciplined, structured approach.

Step 1: Master the Basics

Before diving into advanced strategies, solidify your understanding of the basics.

Book Reference: "My System" by Aaron Nimzowitsch

Game Reference: Capablanca vs. Tartakower, New York 1924. A classic example of the importance of structure and the endgame.


  • Study basic endgames: King and Pawn vs. King, the concept of Opposition, etc.
  • Ensure you understand all tactical motifs: pins, skewers, forks, and discovered attacks.

Step 2: Opening Repertoire

Book Reference: "Opening Repertoire: The Caro-Kann" by Jovanka Houska for Black; "Ruy Lopez: Move by Move" by Neil McDonald for White

Game Reference: Kasparov vs. Karpov, World Championship 1990, Game 20. A well-played Ruy Lopez.


  • Choose 1-2 openings for White and Black.
  • Understand the key ideas, not just the moves.
  • Play at least 20 games with each opening to internalize the patterns.

Step 3: Middlegame Strategies

Book Reference: "Chess Strategy for Club Players" by Herman Grooten

Game Reference: Botvinnik vs. Capablanca, AVRO 1938. An excellent display of strategic planning.


  • Study key positional elements like outposts, weak squares, and open files.
  • Solve at least 5 strategic exercises per day.

Step 4: Tactics, Tactics, Tactics!

Book Reference: "1001 Chess Exercises for Club Players" by Frank Erwich

Game Reference: Tal vs. Hecht, 1962. A brilliant tactical masterpiece.


  • Solve 20 tactical puzzles per day.
  • Analyze your games to find missed tactical opportunities.

Step 5: Master the Endgame

Book Reference: "Silman's Complete Endgame Course" by Jeremy Silman

Game Reference: Rubinstein vs. Salwe, 1908. A clinic in King and Pawn endgames.


  • Study key endgame positions like Rook and Pawn vs. Rook, Bishop and Pawn vs. Bishop, etc.
  • Practice endgames against computer engines.

Step 6: Game Analysis

Book Reference: "The Inner Game of Chess" by Andrew Soltis

Game Reference: Any of my matches against IBM's Deep Blue for computer-assisted analysis


  • Analyze your own games, identifying both mistakes and good moves.
  • Use computer analysis sparingly. It's a tool, not a crutch.

Step 7: Psychological Preparation

Book Reference: "The Seven Deadly Chess Sins" by Jonathan Rowson

Game Reference: Fischer vs. Spassky, 1972, Game 6. A great example of psychological resilience.


  • Develop routines to manage time and stress during games.
  • Visualize success before important matches.

Step 8: Consistent Practice and Review

Book Reference: "Pump Up Your Rating" by Axel Smith


  • Play long time control games regularly.
  • Review Steps 1-7 and update your study materials every 6 months.


Improvement in chess is a marathon, not a sprint. With disciplined study and consistent practice, you can make the journey from 1500 to 2000+ ELO. This roadmap is not exhaustive, but it will provide you with a solid foundation for your ascent.


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