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Birmingham, United Kingdom
I played chess as a child, but never really understood it further; I was good enough to beat my friends, and that was fine by me. Scholar's Mate attempts every single game; 1.e3 e6 every single game; Rambo queens; king/rook forks with a knight at c7...every single game; zig-zag pawn structures because, well, what else do you propose?!
Recently I became interested again, as a way to stop my brain decaying with old age; logic and number puzzles (eg, Sudoku) had become stale, and I needed a hobby that would provide a challenge. I spoke to a friend, and he advised me to check out a video series on Chess.com. I learnt more than I thought I would learn in years in 1 month at Chess.com; the resources available to Diamond Premium members are just incredible learning tools!
I shall continue to study, and improve, and, hopefully, one day I will be as cool as IM Rensch.
Video hero list (authors whom have created videos that have helped me immensely):
Article hero list (same as above, but not for videos; nobody will be listed twice):
If you think I am really missing out by not watching your favourite author, then please do not hesitate to message me! (Either the author's name, or a link to a choice piece of their work.)
Recommended chess books (books that I have read that helped me, in some manner; I will try to remember to include my rating when I started reading the book, though it is hard to attribute specific gain to one book):
"Chess Fundamentals," by Jose Capablanca (ISBN:9781927179062) [Rating:~1250]
"How to Reassess Your Chess (4th Edition)," by IM Silman (ISBN:9781890085131) [Rating:~1400]
"Lasker's Manual of Chess," by Emanuel Lasker (ISBN:9781888690507) [Rating:~1500]
"Mayhem in the Morra!," by Marc Esserman (ISBN:9781907982200) [Rating:~1650]
"My System," by Aron Nimzowitsch (ISBN:9789797600538) [Rating:~1350]
"Silman's Complete Endgame Course," by IM Silman (ISBN:9781890085100) [Rating:~1300]
To-read list (partially read): Artur Yusupov's, "Build, Boost, Evolve..." series; "the Caro-Kann"; Avrukh's 1.d4 volumes I and II; Yakov Neishtadt's, "Improve Your Chess Tactics"; Viktor Bologan's, "The Powerful Catalan"
To buy: a couple more Caro-Kann books; Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual; "Beat the KID"; Schandorff's 1.d4 books.
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