I have used much of my time in life learning new skills. You could say I’m a skills collector. I’ve learned many skills: cooking, career, acroyoga, yoga, skating, and juggling to name a few. And now… chess.

I got into Chess after the popular Netflex series: Queen’s Gambit. A few friends started to challenge me and so it began.

When learning anything new and complex you need the right recipe for success. When I started playing, I took random online courses, watched YouTube videos, and played hundreds of games. It’s a great way to get familiar with the game but it’s not a great approach for improving.

Getting a new approach

Counterintuitive feelings

What’s changing then? Most of my time now is spent not playing chess but doing chess training prescribed by my coach. My understanding of chess fundamentals is growing. It’s a very slow burn. Everyday, I chip away at it, slowly increasing my awareness. Then suddenly one day, as if by magic, I’ll level up.

Confidence

Generalizing the principal

Part time mad computer scientist, full time lover of the extraordinary.

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