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  • #101
    My peak rating in blitz was 1640.

    Hitting 1641 is harder than you think
  • #102

    Possibly of interest:
    "... the NM title is an honor that only one percent of USCF members attain. ..." - IM John Donaldson (2015)
    What It Takes to Become a Chess Master by Andrew Soltis
    "... going from good at tactics to great at tactics ... doesn't translate into much greater strength. ... You need a relatively good memory to reach average strength. But a much better memory isn't going to make you a master. ... there's a powerful law of diminishing returns in chess calculation, ... Your rating may have been steadily rising when suddenly it stops. ... One explanation for the wall is that most players got to where they are by learning how to not lose. ... Mastering chess ... requires a new set of skills and traits. ... Many of these attributes are kinds of know-how, such as understanding when to change the pawn structure or what a positionally won game looks like and how to deal with it. Some are habits, like always looking for targets. Others are refined senses, like recognizing a critical middlegame moment or feeling when time is on your side and when it isn't. ..." - GM Andrew Soltis (2012)
    100 Chess Master Trade Secrets by Andrew Soltis

    Reaching the Top?! by Peter Kurzdorfer
    "... On the one hand, your play needs to be purposeful much of the time; the ability to navigate through many different types of positions needs to be yours; your ability to calculate variations and find candidate moves needs to be present in at least an embryonic stage. On the other hand, it will be heart-warming and perhaps inspiring to realize that you do not need to give up blunders or misconceptions or a poor memory or sloppy calculating habits; that you do not need to know all the latest opening variations, or even know what they are called. You do not have to memorize hundreds of endgame positions or instantly recognize the proper procedure in a variety of pawn structures.
    [To play at a master level consistently] is not an easy task, to be sure ..., but it is a possible one. ..." - NM Peter Kurzdorfer (2015)


    Train Like a Grandmaster by Kotov
    Becoming a Grandmaster by Keene

    What It Takes to Become a Grandmaster by GM Andrew Soltis
    "BENJAMIN FINEGOLD (born Sep-06-1969 ...) ... Ben became a USCF Life Master at 15, USCF Senior Master at 16, an International Master in 1989, and achieved his final GM norm at the SPICE Cup B Section in September, 2009. ..."
    "MARK IZRAILOVICH DVORETSKY (... died Sep-26-2016 ...) ... He was ... awarded the IM title in 1975. Dvoretsky was also a FIDE Senior Trainer and noted author. ... During the 1970s, Mark was widely regarded by the strongest IM in the world, ..."

    "... Many aspiring young chess players dream of one day becoming a grandmaster and a professional. ... But ... a profession must bring in at least a certain regular income even if one is not too demanding. ... The usual prize money in Open tournaments is meagre. ... The higher the prizes, the greater the competition. ... With a possibly not very high and irregular income for several decades the amount of money one can save for old age remains really modest. ... Anyone who wants to reach his maximum must concentrate totally on chess. That involves important compromises with or giving up on his education. ... it is a question of personal life planning and when deciding it is necessary to be fully conscious of the various possibilities, limitations and risks. ... a future professional must really love chess and ... be prepared to work very hard for it. ... It is all too frequent that a wrong evaluation is made of what a talented player can achieve. ... Most players have the potential for a certain level; once they have reached it they can only make further progress with a great effort. ... anyone who is unlikely to attain a high playing strength should on no account turn professional. ... Anyone who does not meet these top criteria can only try to earn his living with public appearances, chess publishing or activity as a trainer. But there is a lack of offers and these are not particularly well paid. For jobs which involve appearing in public, moreover, certain non-chess qualities are required. ... a relevant 'stage presence' and required sociability. ... All these jobs and existences, moreover, have hanging above them the sword of Damocles of general economic conditions. ... around [age] 40 chess players ... find that their performances are noticeably tailing off. ..." - from a 12 page chapter on becoming a chess professional in the book, Luther's Chess Reformation by GM Thomas Luther (2016)

  • #103

    good job reviving a 2 month old thread guys

  • #104

    Advice to be a GM: 1.give up and be realistic. 2. Study so hard. 3. pay your opponents to resign on move 10. 4. Kill all the chess players, then you are automatically world champion. .I'm not trolling. those really work.

  • #105

    kill ALL the chess players?

    then a random seven year old jew hater could rise up and beat you in 5 min blitz on a lonely website without anybody on it and assume your title starting a revolution as chess hitler

  • #106
    Just pointing out, you don't need to be a better player to teach them. A saw a 2300 being mentored by a 1800 once, and no, I didn't get them mixed up.
  • #107

    If it is in the cards that you are going to be a GM some day--you do not need any tips--you can figure it out yourself.

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  • #109

    savagechess2k wrote:

    Advice to be a GM: 1.give up and be realistic. 2. Study so hard. 3. pay your opponents to resign on move 10. 4. Kill all the chess players, then you are automatically world champion. .I'm not trolling. those really work.

    Come on......

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