Learner Series #9

I met Madhur in June of 2019 at the Rochester Open. He entered the event with an established USCF rating of 1034, scored 3/5 in the Under 1600 section, and increased his rating to 1200! Madhur has a passion for chess that's very obvious when you talk to him and I was very impressed by his play. Fast-forward less than 12 months and Madhur has increased his rating to 1601! This is definitely an interview to take some notes on! GENERAL OVERVIEW How old are you and how long have…

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Learner Series #8

GENERAL OVERVIEW How old are you and how long have you been playing chess?I am 24, and I have been playing chess in my town club since September 2008 (so nearly 12 years).How many hours per week do you spend on chess?It depends on the period of the year but I would say a minimum of 5 hours and a max of 15 hours per week.Chess website usernames?_42_ (chess.com) and Harne (lichess.org)What's your current skill level or rating?I am around 1850 (FSE), 1950 (chess.com) and lichess PLAYING OVERVIEWOTBI play the two national…

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Learner Series #7

SmithyQ is an adult who improved from 1899 to 2054 in a one year period. He also has a chess improvement blog over at http://smithyq.com/. GENERAL OVERVIEWHow old are you and how long have you been playing chess?I learned chess at 6, got serious when I was a teenager but then quit for a decade when I couldn't seem to improve.  Got back into it in my late 20s.How many hours per week do you spend on chess?When I was training more seriously: Anywhere from 30min to 2hrs a day,…

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Learner Series #6

Welcome to edition 6 of our learner series! Peter is a 39 year old who has gained over 100 points in a year to cross the USCF expert threshold! General Overview How old are you and how long have you been playing chess?39 years old. I learned to play when I was about 6 but after getting kicked out of the after school program I was in I didn't play again until high school. How many hours per week do you spend on chess?Right now, zero. A full time job and…

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Learner Series #5

The 5th installment of the learner series features Antoine, a 32 year old who improved from 1797 to 1893 chess.com rapid in 2018. Antoine is a translator for chess.com and has his own twitch page https://www.twitch.tv/patatorjunior. The next few learner series posts will focus on players above 1700 and over the age of 20. General Overview How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? I'm 32 and started playing chess at 27. How many hours per week do you spend on chess? A lot. More than…

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Learner Series #4

Welcome to edition 4 of our learner series! Alex started playing chess back in the summer of 2016. His chess.com Blitz rating was under 1000, and now it's over 1500!  GENERAL OVERVIEW How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? I am 32 years old and have been playing chess "seriously" for 3.5 years.  My father taught me how to play when I was a kid, but we only played a handful of games. I never played in any tournaments, and my childhood friends did not play chess. …

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Learner Series #3

David is a good friend, former student, and has gone from 1100 blitz on lichess to 1550 in a matter of 3.5 years! GENERAL OVERVIEW How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? I’m 46, been playing since maybe when I was 10 and played against my dad.  He never let me win! How many hours per week do you spend on chess? Three or four hours a week. Chess website usernames? dsjoerg on chess.com and lichess What's your current skill level or rating? 1409 chess.com…

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Learner Series #2

The Learner Series will highlight players that have made significant rating progress over the past few years. The second guest in the series, Paul, is a one of my good friends and a chess student. He has gone from 1200-1750 chess.com blitz over a three year period. If you have questions for Paul, please leave them in the comments! ChessGoals Intermediate Study Plan GENERAL OVERVIEW How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? Paul, a.k.a. peteypabmf on chess.com 38.  Well, I played when I was younger…

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Learner Series #1

The Learner Series will highlight players that have made significant rating progress over the past few years. The first guest in the series, Jesse, is a good friend of mine and definitely a student of the game. He has gained over 250 points in his chess.com blitz in the last year, which is no small feat! If you have questions for Jesse, please leave them in the comments! Jesse, a.k.a. chessebuss GENERAL OVERVIEW How old are you and how long have you been playing chess? I’m 30 and I’ve been…

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