Learner Series #19 With Geert

How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? My name is Geert. I am a 21 year old student living in the Netherlands. I've been playing chess since I was about eight or nine. My uncle taught me and my brother the Sicilian defense and gave us a book about the Italian Game. My brother's friend introduced us to the local chess club. As a child I won many tournaments (and many cups 😉). Yes, I have good memories of those times. After primary school I stopped playing because…

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Learner Series #18 – Ariel T.

Learner series #18 features Ariel, an adult improver and an active member of the ChessGoals community. He finished the 12-week Premium Novice Study Plan and asked me to help him review his recent games and design a new plan. He is combining some of the ideas from the Beginner Study Plan and the Intermediate Rapid & Classical Plan to fit his personal goals. Here's the interview with Ariel! GENERAL OVERVIEW How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? Hi! My name is Ariel, I’m 24, and…

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Learner Series #17 – Brett C.

GENERAL OVERVIEW Q: How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? A: I am 39 years old and have been playing chess consistently since 2019. I learned the basics back as a kid from my dad and would just play friendly games against family and friends, but nothing serious. I didn't even know about opening theory, tactics, etc.However, back in 2019, one of my co-workers told me I should join chess.com so I could play him in some games. I did and quickly got a Gold membership and…

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Learner Series #16 – Jesse D.

Learner Series #16 features Jesse D. who is an adult improver that has recently joined the ChessGoals community. He has a coach, is active on Twitter with the #chesspunks, and is the head moderator for the Chessgoals Discord server. Jesse has a very analytical approach and brings his experience from the TCG community to the chess improvement world. How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? Jesse I’m 34 years old and learned chess as a kid playing with my dad and uncles. I never really…

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Learner Series #15 – Jeff Z.

Learner Series #15 features ChessGoals member Jeff Z. He's a 33-year-old who just got back into chess after watching the Queen's Gambit Netflix series, and he's using the Intermediate Adult Improver plan with some modifications. GENERAL OVERVIEW How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? 33. I learned the game in grade school and "knew" one opening: the one where both beginners go king's pawn two spaces and bring out all their knights. After a 20-some year break, following Queen's Gambit, I resumed play. Objective: acquire…

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Learner Series #14 – Felipe Mourato

Learner series interview #14 features Felipe Mourato. He's a very active member of the ChessGoals Community and has been featured in some of our YouTube videos. Felipe's Caro-Kann wins in 18 moves was one of my favorite videos. He had recently won a copy of the ChessGoals Caro-Kann Course and it was fun to share his victory. Felipe recently beat me in a very nice simultaneous exhibition game, and I'm looking forward to seeing his continued progress! Here we go with Felipe's answers: GENERAL OVERVIEW How old are you and…

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Learner Series #13 – Crossing 1000

Learner series #13 highlights ChessGoals member Jack Nowland. Jack has been working with the Novice Study Plan since December and recently crossed into the four-digit club. He just started playing chess at age 29 and I'm excited to share his answers to our learner series interview questions. GENERAL OVERVIEW How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? I am 29 years old and I had never played a game of chess until before the quarantine. I remember I happened to be on twitch one afternoon and…

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PrestaJay’s Amazing Results – 142 Points In 12 Weeks

In this Learner Series #12, we interview Matt (PrestaJay) to learn how he gained 142 blitz rating points in twelve weeks while on the Intermediate Adult Learner Plan. These quick results will hopefully continue for Matt onto his next plan. He is now working on the Intermediate Rapid & Classical Plan for the next twelve weeks as he wants to focus on slower time controls. Matt's documented his 12-week study plan here in the ChessGoals Chess.com forums. PrestaJay GENERAL OVERVIEW How old are you and how long have you been…

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Jose (49) Shares How He Improved 220 Points In 8 Months

Learner Series #11 One of the hottest topics we encounter at ChessGoals is adult chess improvement. I met Jose Fernandez-Triana, an adult improver, via email correspondence back in October 2020 and we have been chatting about chess improvement ever since. In this interview with Jose, he will tell us a bit about his background, his chess training, and how he improved 220 rating points in 8 months at age 49. Introduction Matt: Hi Jose, can you tell us a little bit about how you first discovered the ChessGoals project? Jose:…

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Chess Learner Series #10 – 800 To 1800 In 3 Years

The 10th installment in the Chess Learner Series features Max. He is a 29-year-old chess learner who started taking chess seriously three years ago. Max gives us his secrets used to increase his rating from 800 to 1800+! My own notes will be in italics with the initials MJ. ChessGoals may receive an affiliate commission on links to chess.com and study resources. - MJ Chess Learner General Overview How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? I’m 29 and I started being passionate about chess in…

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