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Nov. 1st, 2008


My first training game.


Oct. 18th, 2008


Studying the basics.

My book study has begun. I am currently working on Silmans Complete Endgame Course. In addition to that title, I also am working on a few different tactics books during my lunch breaks at work. It is important to constantly practice the fundamentals and be well schooled in them. You simply CANNOT build complex chess knowledge on a crappy foundation. What seems difficult and sometimes impossible at the chessboard is actually just a combination of fundamental chess ideas. No matter how baffling and genius a chess move may seem, it is always based on these kernals, unwavering chess truths. So right now, I'm putting in the grunt work and building up my basics. A lot of players end up hitting a rating wall because they do not truly understand chess. By working hard, I will be able to acheive my rating goal more quickly.

Sep. 29th, 2008


Building a foundation

Well, this is the first post in my Master Chess community. I made this so that people who are serious about becoming very strong chess players can have a place to share ideas. Being that this is the very start, I will just post about my own experience for now. My chess journey has been going on for twelve years now. I started playing when I was in high school. I read a little about chess here and there, and played in between classes. A few years after high school, I entered into my first chess tournament in the USCF. I played chess a lot over the next few years, but only really as a hobby. I have played in a few chess tournaments, and my USCF rating is currently 1560. The chess rating for a Master class player is 2200 +. I have finally decided to put my chess library into use and make a serious effort to become a professional level player. What I will be doing is intense training that combines computer play and analysis with book study and my own game analysis which will be compared to the computer analysis. I have been playing chess games under tournament time controls against the Fritz 6 chess program. I will begin book study today, starting with Silman's Complete Endgame Course.

November 2008



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