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How I Got Good at Chess

How did I get good at chess?  On hand, the answer is obvious: I took it seriously, I studied hard, I put in many hours and now I’m pretty good, rated over 2000 in online chess.  That’s true and all, but it’s also missing something.  I was stuck at 1800 for years and years … and yet many people never get above 1500 elo, let alone 1800.

The question, then, shouldn’t be how I got over my 1800 elo hump, but rather, how did I get to 1800 in the first place?

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1800 puts you above 70% of chess players, which is pretty good when you think about it.

When I think back to my early chess development, I can identify a few key things I did that seemed to boost my skill higher than average.  I’ll share those here now.

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Review of Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding

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Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding

Topic: Strategy and Thinking

My View: Best Chess Investment Ever

Size: 200mb, nearly 5 hours of video, just over 200 practical training positions

Purchase it here: The Grandmaster’s Positional Understanding

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