Run with it! (500 - 700 elo)
Regularly attend tournaments.
Try for monthly tournaments, if at all possible. Don’t be afraid to lose a few rounds! The best way to grow is through losses.
Know your openings.
Choose a few openings you love and get to know every aspect of them. You should be able to play against a computer with these openings and come within a 0.5 margin by move 15.
Know endgame patterns.
Rolling rooks, direct opposition, queen and king, all of these and more are important to get right. Drill these until you can force them naturally in games.
Go for deep tactics!
Start looking for areas where tactics can occur. Encourage tactics to happen, don’t only take the opportunity to pull a good attack. Drill tactics two or three moves deep.
- Be a bookworm. Puzzle books like the Reinfeld Books on tactics give good exercises. Other books like Chess for Dummies can give good concept reviews, though they might be slightly advanced.
- It took around two months for me to surpass this level. The duration of this state is highly dependent on the level of practice a player puts in every day.