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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


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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