Learner Series #13 – Crossing 1000

Learner collection #13 highlights member Jack Nowland. Jack has been functioning with the Amateur Analyze Strategy since December and lately crossed into the 4-digit club. He just started out enjoying chess at age 29 and I’m fired up to share his answers to our learner sequence job interview concerns.

Learner Series #13 Jack Nowland


How previous are you and how prolonged have you been actively playing chess?

I am 29 several years outdated and I experienced under no circumstances played a game of chess right up until right before the quarantine. I try to remember I happened to be on twitch a person afternoon and caught the first round of the initially Pogchamps event and it caught my interest. I signed up for a chess.com account that day, which would have been about 9 months in the past.

How numerous several hours for every 7 days do you expend on chess?

My amount of hours seriously fluctuates dependent on do the job and life. On a very good 7 days, I can do any where from 14-20 hours in a week with game titles, puzzles, and investigation but there are a whole lot of weeks when I either need to have to keep away from burnout, am tilting a tiny bit, or am just far too active when I participate in it could effortlessly be less than 5 hrs in a week.

Chess internet site usernames?

jnowland on chess.com and lichess (chess.com profile | lichess profile)

What’s your current talent degree or ranking?

I just crossed 1000 Quick for the to start with time this week! I am all around 1000 in daily nonetheless each individual win and reduction swings this pretty a bit, and I am all over 800 blitz.

Actively playing OVERVIEW — explain where by you play, time controls, how normally, and many others


I have never ever played an more than-the-board game, regrettably. I did get a low-cost rollup established over the winter season so I could get applied to visualizing some of my online games in 3D. I joined my local chess club on chess.com (shoutout Westport Chess Club) and am on the lookout forward to signing up for them on Tuesday nights when every person can get alongside one another once again.

On line

I virtually solely play on chess.com, nonetheless, I am doing work on receiving rid of my provisional score on Lichess so that I can sign up for the 45/45 league that PrestaJay talked about in his job interview. I mainly enjoy 5+ or 5+5 blitz and both 10+ or 15+10 speedy, I created a negative behavior of spamming blitz online games though it is gradual at get the job done or when I am bored and it has specified me some negative tendencies that I am doing the job to accurate by sticking to Every day and Fast online games only and starting off fewer games during the workday.

I have been trying to perform a number of for a longer time video games every working day. When I am seeking for a challenge I appreciate joining a match- Westport Chess Club has a weekly match and then USCF has tournaments throughout the 7 days. When the degree of level of competition is frequently considerably bigger than my skill, I feel it has been very good for me to check my limitations. When I to start with joined the Westport group I introduced up that I was a little nervous about enjoying players that are so much much better and they introduced up that it is totally no danger for me, if I eliminate a marginal volume of Elo is misplaced and that it is a fantastic encounter. Taking time to glance more than those people games has taught me a ton.  

Studying OVERVIEW — chat about what web-sites you use, how normally you invest, recommendations

Video game Examination

This spot is one that I have struggled in the most. For one particular when I was in the routine of spamming blitz game titles, the extent of my investigation was normally performing the game report on chess.com, locating my significant oversight, and then shifting on. The other habit I have is that I do extra investigation on a earn than I do on a decline, but even in that system I will gloss about vital problems and blunders that I designed since it was a win.

When I do a full assessment, I use a notebook and pencil and generate out positives and negatives that I spot in just about every match as I engage in by way of it without the need of an motor, I really try out to key in on what my imagined process was and why I am building the moves. If there are any essential strains that adhere out to me I could try out to play by those variations but for the most aspect, I stick to my imagining. I then use the game report on chess.com to see my precision score and see the place it highlighted mistakes and blunders and retry all those faults. I am not very diligent about this, but I do test to preserve one night time a 7 days to glimpse at some of my game titles throughout the past 7 days. I precisely focus on match online games if there are any, and then the slowest time controls.


For tactics, I mainly use chess.com puzzles, but I was acquiring that I will rush via these or be swift to give up specifically when I am operating on them on cell. What I have started to do above the previous month or so is use physical tactic workbooks. I power myself to visualize on paper, and do not have the option a person click on away. Any challenges that I miss out on or have difficulties with, I insert to my skipped puzzles ebook on Chessable that way I can use the repetition options on that web page to drill away my mistakes. I have discovered that employing the paper and pencil assists me concentration just on whats in entrance of me and not other tabs or starting random games or anything like that. 

One more e-book that I like is “How to Beat Your Dad at Chess” while some of the producing is intended for young ones, it focuses on “50 lethal checkmates” that have basically arrive handy in actual game titles. Seeking for techniques to established up some of the suggestions I learn in-video game is definitely entertaining, and it also will help with developing plans all through the video game. 

General, I consider to established aside at the very least 30 minutes possibly in the morning or at evening just about every working day to operate on strategies.


I quite rarely expend any time on Openings, I have go through from a lot of resources that concentrating on fundamentals around principle at my degree is the most useful. The most time I will expend is seeking into openings I operate into and searching for the best way to get into a playable center activity. Precisely, I keep in mind acquiring to do some engine perform on the Petrov Defense and the Scotch Recreation as I was often shedding items or acquiring into negative positions early. 


I have not used a ton of time operating on Endgames, I know the fundamental endgame mating patterns with Queens and Rooks, and have been executing properly to stay clear of most stalemating traps that plagued me early on. I use the Drills on chess.com to work on endgame situations that I am heading to see at my level. I also recently obtained the e book “100 Endgames You Have to Know” and when a large amount of the content is a little above my head, taking part in by means of the conclusion games and studying the concept guiding it has been exciting. I in fact made use of some of the opposition rules in a King and Pawn vs King close recreation earlier this week that I would have almost undoubtedly drawn if I had not reviewed the information and facts.


Nearly all of my approach get the job done has been playing by the e-book “Logical Chess: Transfer by Move”. I have seriously liked operating by way of this book, and it has genuinely helped me in visualizing strategies to attack and earn online games. I delight in looking at as a result of his reasoning for just about every move and participating in through his traces for why what was performed functions. I am also amazed by the selection of distinctive approaches he can explain 1. E4.


I do eat a ton of chess material on Youtube and Twitch, for educational information I enjoy John Bartholomew and Daniel Naroditsky. Specifically, the novices series that they both equally have put alongside one another has some truly good info for enhancement. Robert Hess is probably my most loved chess streamer to observe in particular when he is doing event protection, he has a terrific way of immediately and conveniently explaining strategies that Super GMs are enjoying and he also finds teachable moments in each and every activity. He also does it devoid of remaining biased which is a as well as for me. I talked about it above, but I seriously feel pushing myself and playing in tournaments with games over my level has been definitely valuable with advancement. 

I would also say, not being worried to just take a working day or even a 7 days or two off and permit oneself have a crack from the grind is crucial as effectively. I think some of my ideal advancement has appear soon after I took time absent, or expended time only finding out alternatively of participating in a bunch of video games and acquiring offended that I am just spinning my wheels.

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