Learner Series #9 –

I achieved Madhur in June of 2019 at the Rochester Open. He entered the celebration with an recognized USCF score of 1034, scored 3/5 in the Under 1600 portion, and increased his ranking to 1200! Madhur has a enthusiasm for chess that is really evident when you chat to him and I was incredibly impressed by his engage in. Rapidly-forward considerably less than 12 months and Madhur has improved his score to 1601! This is surely an job interview to choose some notes on!


How outdated are you and how prolonged have you been playing chess?
I am 23 decades previous and I have been enjoying due to the fact a year. I took coaching for few months as a kid but never ever performed considering the fact that and only revived my enjoy for the activity soon after currently being frequent at the Chess Castle, MN

How many several hours for each week do you expend on chess?
At the moment around 2-3 several hours hardly as I am working complete time but I do abide by Pro Participant game titles consistently. I plan to acquire out much more time and make far better plans to strengthen.

Chess website usernames?
GopherBeast (lichess.org and chess.com)

What is your latest talent stage or score?
My present USCF rating is 1601 and I have been in the identical vary for a whilst. My online blitz rankings have been in the range of 1400-1500 on chess.com and 1700-1800 on lichess.org

Enjoying OVERVIEW — explain in which you enjoy, time controls, how typically, and many others
I have performed quite a few rated tournaments in Minnesota in the last calendar year and improved my score from 800 to 1600 in 6 months . I performed the 30 min + 5s hold off and 90 min + 30s increment time controls nearly every single 7 days. Slower video games are definitely the way to go for improvement.  Consistently actively playing and analyzing those video games gave me very good publicity and I feel playing so numerous game titles in a brief span served me strengthen swiftly.

On line
I do not like actively playing on the web chess (continue to I engage in a lot xD) as I simply cannot truly concentrate perfectly while seeking at a display screen and I are inclined to make nonsense moves/premoves. So I just enjoy on the net for pleasurable or to try openings. I only enjoy 3+ Blitz on my telephone when I feel bored, I assume I should end that but its really addictive.

Learning OVERVIEW — speak about what web pages you use, how often you expend, strategies
Game Evaluation
For recreation investigation, I commonly try to examine with my opponent initial or at the very least focus on some vital times of the game. Then I attempt to review on my very own, obtain my faults and attempt to discover what could I have done better. Afterwards on I examine the sport with the Stockfish motor on lichess.org

I find chess.com tactics to be really very good. I am trapped all over 2150-2350 tactics on chess.com and with this I have realized that I am far too lazy to work out variants, so I have started out to concentrate a lot more on this.

I sense that opening principle and strategies are way too wide to stick to properly. So what I improved in my typical examine was to appear at structures(London program, Kings Indian, Benoni) instead than openings(mainstream e4 d4 openings). For case in point as White I play Nf3, e3, c4, b3, Bb2 not necessarily in same purchase. With this framework I often maintain my king in the centre and launch a kingside attack with g4 Rg1 and so on. The responses I get are normally Kings Indian, Semi-Slav and Queens Gambit structures. Also, this composition has given me some truly great results against better rated opponents as defending a kingside attack OTB is pretty much hard and requires large amount of specific calculation. With Black I engage in the Scandinavian (learnt it from John Bartholomew’s channel) as I obtain it really easy to engage in for the initially 15-20 moves and towards d4 I ordinarily engage in the Benoni framework which is the identical construction that I have opted as White but with Black I have to enjoy a tempo down and that improvements a large amount of matters and provides much much more scope for planning and tips. In opposition to d4, I also play the Leningrad Dutch which is a dubious opening and lots of players do not react it to properly, this has also aided me in a ton of game titles. My reports have been mainly around going further in these constructions making use of the Opening Explorer function on lichess.org and viewing some Grandmaster video games in the very same lines.  

I have read through some of the endgames from the guide “100 endgames you have to know” by Jesus De La Villa and system to comprehensive it shortly and then glimpse for other very good endgame resources.

I feel that I am great at finding tactics additional than the positional strategy. So I generally search to perform unconventional moves or pawn sacrifices, try out to not exchange queens, castle reverse sides or not castle at all so as to build imbalances which make the positions very unclear and elaborate.  I truly feel figuring out your energy is the essential and then taking part in dependent on it. I have browse some of the online games from the Bobby Fischer reserve “My 60 unforgettable games” and it has specified me fantastic understanding of basic mid game strategies. Reading annotated video games of leading level gamers offers great insights on how to approach some standard positions.

OTHER Handy TIDBITS — Do you view streams/films, play variants, any exclusive factors you do that other individuals can understand from?
I enjoy a lot of streams as entertainment goal largely, but I know they have benefited me in some way or the other. I advise Hikaru, John Bartholomew(Climbing the Ladder sequence), Chess.com streams with Robert Hess commentating. Also I’d advocate IM Kostya Kavutskiy’s YouTube channel in which he analyzes his OTB video games, and he is the 1 who launched me to the Nf3, e3, c4, b3, Bb2 struture. Losing extensive and nicely performed OTB chess game titles can be really discouraging. So after such games I have commonly taken a number of times split from chess and this has assisted me to bounce back more robust. 

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