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No this is not true not everyone can even make it to 2000 even if they studied all day everyday. Its all about natural talent. Look at myself for example i have no natural talent. ive been putting 2-3 hours a day and playing for about 2 and a half months and im an 1100 player. If someone with more talent played the same amount of time i did they would probably be about 1600-1700 by now. unforutentely not everyone can be good.
I am about a 1500 player. I haven't played standard or blitz since I first began playing so those ratings are awful. I am getting so much better just by understanding theory and studying the endgame.
In my opinion the endgame is what you should spend all your time studying. I am nowhere near good enough to be an authority on it but understanding the nature of each piece is very important and the endgame is where you learn it better than anywhere.
Im not sure why you think 2 and a half months is a long time, chess is easy to learn but hard to master, its going to take 1000+ games. Although ratings are unimportant and on this site can be misleading, I dont see atall why someone who spends a significant amount of time learning and mastering the game couldnt make it to master level.
Thomas9400- I don't even think someone with a lot of talent would be 1600-1700 studying for just a few months.
That takes many months, maybe even a couple of years. and 1000's of games, both OTB slow and blitz.
Look at players like Fischer for example. It took him a couple of years I think to make it to that level.
Even at 1700, you are ranked in about the top 10% of all chess players.
Has anyone tried being a Super Georgeous Master? :)
I think it's all about being at the right situation at the right time. Starting intense training at a very young age --> Having the right trainers and training methods --> Then continue the full time training into adulthood.
But that's a huge sacrifice to make in terms of social life and having to give up other passions/goals, and chess isn't the most financially rewarding thing. I have alot of respect to for those guys at the top, but it's definitely a tough path, especially thinking of what to do in life outside of chess.
I truly believe that with proper training and enough dedication, one would become good in a certain field.
The keyword here is "proper". You can play chess for 10 hours a day or study/read books 12 hours a day but without a proper training, you won't extract the right knowledge.
Of course, being "good" and being a "super GM" are two different thing.
Theoretically, but most people don't have the time, resources, or drive to become that good.
I can't believe how many of you dingbats don't believe that there are just some people more talented than others.
I'll tell you this story about a man who was really bad at math he always had bad grades and he had 0 passion and 0 talent for it, and one day this happened.
He got an F (lowest grade) in math and his professor was discusted by the lack of knowledge of this person. He told him "You'll always be bad at math and i can't wait till you finish this school so you can finally understand how important it will be in your engineering career"
The person i'm talking about took it very seriously so he started studying. He devoted his whole life to math , mathematical problems , and calculations with square roots and insanely small numbers. He tried so hard and today this man , who was once untalented and extremely bad at math became one of the worlds human calculators.
So if you are really desperate you might find yourself on the top of the chess world by just following your dream.
I hope i motivated some people to push the bounds of their knowledge and interest for chess.
Have a nice day , Cheers.
some folks believe all sorts of nonsense ...
Of course, you fail to mention the thousands who bust their asses studying, and never get good. Besides, teachers can be wrong about stuff.
The problem could also be the education system. It's all about a one size fits all approach to teaching preparing for some stupid standardized tests. Not everyone learns the same and school for the most part is boring. You just sit there and there's not nearly enough hands on or experience learning. Mistakes get punished instead of being viewed as a valid learning opportunity. Many "disorders" such as ADHD and autism are thrown on people who can't sit there for long periods of time and many kids get drugged just so they cope better with the system. Maybe the kids aren't the problem but the system itself?
When outside of school perhaps that guy discovered an actual way of learning the material other than trite memorization?
Sigh........... yeah, Borislav Ivanov was on his way.
I'm sorry but I don't believe that. If you had no talent right from the bat you can study hard and become somewhat decent, but you'll never be "good".
It's the old fairy tale that is told to underachieving kids to make them feel better about themselves. Like the myth that Einstein was bad at school, when in reality he could have run the class.
Misery...company...or something like that...
I love this thread.
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