So I decided that one of the best ways for me to improve my chess would be for me to tell my chess story if you will. So starting from the beginning, I was a "lounge player" at my school, playing the usual Nf3, Nc6, Bc4 setups the entire time. Then one of the better players at my school (all of the beat me) started a chess team to compete in a league. I tried out for it, and lost my first game and was then told that I wasn't good enough to be on the team. I was so angry I began to study chess (at this time i knew no strategy/opening/endings at all, only a few traps/tricks).
My first attempt at learning came in the form of youtube addiction. I must have watched upwards of 70 kingscrusher and chessnetwork videos (the long, detailed ones), and 100 blitz videos by the time i tried to make it onto the chess team again. I got my chance to play, and won in 17 moves. We then went to a scholastic tournament in NY, where i scored 3 out of 5 in the under 1500 section and received my first rating of 1454.
The chess season ended and I largely forgot about study until this year when it started again in December. Well, i entered a tournament near my house, and produced these "fine" pieces of play (note annotations are from that time, not now):
So, I began to Study again, and study I did, and my rating slowly creeped up, as game by game i upset higher and higher rated players, as shown:
And with this final game (fully annotated by myself and a little computer help) I will sign off, and you can expect more from me soon!