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Almost everybody here thinks it's impossible for him to reach 2400 fide rating, maybe 2000, or even 1600 sometimes, without to be a genius. They all speak about talent, luck or other magic stuff, and think they will never improve. Then I decided to share my opinion on this important subject.
My idea is : everybody could reach 2000. I did and I'm not a special guy. I'm not talking about 2400 because some people are gonna tell me I'm not 2400, which is true, but I think it's the same for 2400, almost everybody can reach 2400 if he wants to.
How did I reach 2000 ? Very simple, I played OTB long games with strong opponents. I also played blitz and rapid, red some few chess books/reviews but not carefully at all, I just red what I wanted to read, not to improve but because I like the game, and never take it as a work. But that's not the point. The 3 mains things people always forget, are
By 'long game' I mean 4h games (2h for each), or even slowly. By 'strong opponents' I mean opponents who are 300 or 500 points higher than ourselves.
After you reach 1800 or 2000, you can (and must) begin to really work ('work' is what we normally don't do and don't like, what we need to do and what we do when we want to improve after 2000/2200/2400 level, because this is the level where the wish of being strong become more important than the wish of never 'work') with books or coaches.
Of course you have to love the game, analyse your losses and ask many many advices to stronger players. And I'm not saying books are useless when you're under 2000, every GM had read some chess paper even when he was 1500, like everybody does. But before 1800 or even 2200 you really don't need to 'work', you just need to play OTB, LONG GAMES, and STRONG OPPONENTS.
thankya man this may be useful...
...and lots of tactics.
If everyone was 2000+, who would we make fun of?
People who are more (or less) nerdy than ourselves.
Thanks for your ideas. About how long did it take you to go from 1500 to over 1900?
From the start to over 1900 : 50 long OTB games (the great majority of them against strong opponents).
I think you mean, "whom would us make fun have".
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