B1ZMARK
Gold Member

USCF Expert from Alabama!

I abide by these rules:

- It takes many small errors to lose

- Most mediocre positions can be held

- If opening books consider one move, then three moves can be played

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Chess literature recommendations (otb rating used. If no otb rating, use your highest blitz or rapid peak and subtract 200. All books are owned by me.):

Beginner (<1300)

- Logical chess (Irving Chernev)

- Understanding the Chess Openings (Sam Collins, out of print, free pdf online)

Intermediate (1300-1800)

- any opening book by Everyman chess 

- How to become a candidate master (Alex Dunne) 

- Test, Evaluate and Improve your chess (Kopec) 

- Silmans endgame book (Jerry Silman)

- The woodpecker method (Axel Smith)

- Amateur to IM (Jonathan Hawkins)

- The art of attack in chess (Vladimir Vukovic)

Advanced (1800-2000)

- Chess Structures, A grandmaster guide (Mauricio Flores Rios)

- Pump up your rating (Axel Smith)

- Winning Moves (Times magazine) 

- Attack with Mikhail Tal (Tal, damsky)

Expert and higher (2000+)

- Chess structures, a grandmaster guide (Mauricio Flores Rios) (yes I know I wrote it again) 

- Any of the grandmaster repertoire series

For fun:

- Bobby Fischer and his world

- The best I saw in chess (Stuart Rachels)

- True combat chess (Timothy Taylor)

Chess Resume (I guess)

- I've never won anything because I don't ever play good enough to win anything. I only play just good enough to gain rating every tournament.

- I did increase my rating from 1373 -> 1618 in one tournament

- Increased my rating from 864 -> 2004 in 2 years and four months (includes covid break)

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