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?
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.