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Capablanca and morphy=living proof that talent is worth more than hard work
Either this is incorrect or nobody told me about the zombie uprising.
I want to become a Grandmaster one day (doesn't everybody?), but what's the "official" way of doing it? Message me if you can help. I hope my youth is to my advantage in this.
I know a lot of people on here don't believe this, but if you don't have the talent for it, it doesn't matter how young you are, you won't become one, no matter how much you study.
Talent is worthless without hard work.
There are plenty of chess hustlers in the parks that play at 2000 levels but just aren't rated that way because they don't try to get there.
It takes BOTH hard work and talent.
If you have any games you are not sure of what happened or why, or if you have some questions you can't answer about them, drop me a line or message on my profile. I'll see what I can do with them for you.
Thank you. I have chess engines, like Rybka 4, that show my mistakes, i.e., -+ 0.50. What Rybka 4 doesn't do is tell me why the moves are mistakes.
Fritz 12 has a cool feature called explain all moves. Even with this, I'm not always sure why my move is considered a mistake. I'll send a few mistakes your way after some review. Thanks.
Example: After 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be35...Qd8-f6 Defends threatened pieceQd8-e7 C45: Scotch GameBc5xd4 Attacking piece gets capturedNc6xd4 Attacking piece gets capturedNc6-e5 Attacked piece moves awayBc5-b6 C45: Scotch GameNc6-e7 Attacked piece moves awayNc6-e5 Attacked piece moves awayQd8-h4 C45: Scotch GameBc5-d6 Bad development - piece moves againNc6-b8 Attacked piece moves awayBc5-b4+ This check is easily parriedBc5-e7 Blocks Qd8Nc6-a5 Attacked piece moves awayBc5-f8 Bad development - piece moves againb7-b6 Is wrongd7-d6 Is tactically incorrectNc6-b4 Is not playableNg8-f6, d7-d5, a7-a6, a7-a5, Ng8-h6, h7-h5, h7-h6, f7-f5 Loses material
I play the Scotch Gambit myself. 4.Bc4 is a good move. If you want, I can forward you some Morphy games where white just rocks, and this line worked against a 2310 for me in a tournament a couple of months ago (I lost, but it wasn't due to the opening). People below 2500 still get rocked by this stuff.
Please do. I love the games of Morphy and will post a few I found where he plays the Scotch Gambit with 4.Bc4.
I played the Scotch Gambit some months ago, as well as the Danish Gambit. I really liked the ease in which I could develop my pieces and begin attacking quickly. Who needs a d-pawn.
You got me thinking more about looking at games played a long time ago as well as games played by club players, rather than titled players. The GM games are so perfect and nothing like what I experience in Live Chess.
Looking at the historical games of Morphy, I get to see his opponents slip up, and then learn what those mistakes look like so that I can punish my opponents when they make those same mistakes.
GM's rarely make mistakes, since they know openings like the Scotch Gambit all the way to one gazillion moves, knowing which lines to avoid and which lines will produce a favorable endgame.
My opponents and I don't play that kind of chess, nor could we. At my level, it's more like chess from the Romantic period:
Fast development of their army, followed by direct attacks on the enemy.Go all-out for Checkmate but, if you found your game heading for a Loss, then above all, make it a glorious one.If a player offers a piece for a sacrifice, the opponent is compelled to Accept, else face humiliation for the cowardly refusal.
Positional chess? What's that?
What can I hope to learn from watching Polgar and her very strong opponent Joel Benjamin? It's way over my head. Here's the same exciting opening, ending in a draw. Ugh!
You learn quickly, grasshopper. I'll post some games here later.
If you got the talent I don't think age matters, if you have enough years left you'll be GM annyway, but you need the talent. Human brains could work fine up to 60-70 years of age, but after 70.... forget it I'm afraid...
This is very immpressive! One of the highest rated young people I know of :) I know a 2200 USCF rated eigth grader in Indiana.
is that kid sean vibbert?
Yes everyone can be an Gm it's just the richt way of training , top gm igor Smirnov , hè is the best coach ever , hè have make his own 8 unic courses and free video Lesson , They are for any amateur any age , to became an gm hè explain eveything , and Also why you not need talent etc HUGE MORE HE is the #1 chess coach ever !!!!!!
Reporter: People have this misunderstanding about chess that, you know, you need some incredible mental talent and you don’t need to work really hard to get good at it.
Anand: Well, it is true that people are unfamiliar of what goes into efficient chess preparation.
I have a database of about 15 million games. So from this database, I decide what I am going to play and what my opponent is likely to choose.
You need to be familiar with what you are going to play, make sure you check everything, and you have to remember this.
Besides, you have to constantly train your skills. I mean chess players are famous for calculating 20/30 moves ahead. That is SKILL! If you don’t practice all the time you start making mistakes.
And also GM Igor smirnov say on his blog.
Hey, you are a talented person. Everything is simple for you. In my case it’s much more difficult”.
Do you think I born with a GM title? Of course not. Some time ago I was in the same situation as you: I tried to get better in chess, but didn’t know how to do it. There was a time, when I stuck without chess improvement for about 3-4 years (!!). I was training hard, but didn’t get any results. Heck, I even considered leaving chess. Do you still think that I am genius?
However, when I found and implemented the correct training methods, things got much better! I sped up my progress, won some tournaments and achieved the GM title.
I just want to show you that your chess progress depends mostly on your training (not on your “talent”).
Perhaps not everyone can be a world champion. Here you really need chess talent and favorable circumstances. However, everyone can reach at least 2300-2400 rating. It’s just a matter of a right training.
Samuel has finally reached IM! He got his third norm recently. Plus his rating is only around 10 points away from 2500.
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