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I played in my first tournament after the age of 40. Prior to that, I'd probably played a dozen games or so, most of them before the age of 15. In 2.5 years, I was rated a little under 2100. In the last year, it hasn't changed much.
The tactical aspects have been relatively easy. The more subtle parts of the game have been considerably more challenging. I only spend 2 hours/week on chess, but I'm not sure it would help if I spent 50. :)
Actually it will help. Try mastering one imbalance at a time starting with pawn imbalances. This could be doubled pawns, isolated pawn pair, isolated pawns, candidate passed pawns, pawn chains, pawn islands, backward pawns, hanging pawns, etc. Then work on weak squares and color complexes. It takes three weeks of focused study to master a topic.
However, I'd first spend it working on a single endgame type. Nunn's Understanding Chess Endgames and Muller's Secrets of Pawn Endings (Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual borrows many positions from here as well as adds some of its own) should give you plenty of time to naturally get the three weeks in. It may even take longer to ensure you're closer to mastery. Then minor piece endgames, rook endgames, and queen endgames.
oogie boogie i like what you say about endgames and i need to learn more, is there an equivalence to nunn's and mullers available through chess.com tactics trainer or computer workout that you advise? i will look at the titles but i am new to chess.com and am processing (and truly enjoying) the many things available. thank you...
Convekta's Total Chess Ending, but it's all problems without explaining the how and why of books.
You'll definately need endgame studies. I cant tell you how many times I lose a game being 1-2 pawns up and cant promote or win the game. If I actually knew what "triangulation" was at the time it would have seemed like a no-brainer.R + P endgames I can blunder a lot too. lol
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