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A chess friend of mine just crossed expert last night. He is 28 and started playing 6 years ago:
BTW, I drew my first game with him last year. :-)
I asked him at the tournament last night what he has been doing to go from 1781 2 years ago to overy 2000 now. He said that his main training is sitting for 8 hours at a shot in the library with the Encyclopedia of Chess Combinations and a chess board and giving himself about 10-20 minutes to solve each problem.
Then, during a game, he doesn't think about the fact that he's playing a game. He puts himself into the mindset of being back at the library and thinks each time he moves that he is just solving a position from his book.
He has also sought out really tough competition to play against, such as the Chicago Open and World Open.
28 is not adult.
He said that his main training is sitting for 8 hours at a shot in the library with the Encyclopedia of Chess Combinations and a chess board and giving himself about 10-20 minutes to solve each problem.
Wow. I hope it's worth it.
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