Here is a high level overview of my 36 month plan to master basic chess strategy.

I’m currently in month 16. 😁

Understanding concepts categories:
1. Basic general strategy: 4
2. Intermediate general strategy: 6
3. Pawn structures: 6
4. Positional sacrifices: 1

Study concepts in Master games: 12

Book totals in these 2 phases: 29
Integrating knowledge: spend 6 months writing down my integrated knowledge gained over past 24 months.

Practice skills with positional puzzles: spend 6-8 months creating 1400 more (1800 total) positional Flashcards from books, then 10-12 months mastering them, woodpecker style.

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6 Mar
I’ve been studying chess in a serious way for 5 years.

This thread is about:

1. Why I started this journey

2. My beliefs, skills, tools, process

3. How I made chess study a daily practice and part of my identity

I hope it will help you in your chess journey. 🙏
I learned chess as a child from my father. I played on @ChessICC in my 30s and joined a local chess club at 40. My first rating: 1161.

1. Why:
On 12 Jan 2016, (46) I missed this tactic as White @MetroWestChess, and ended up losing the game.

That night I said, “Never again!” 😡
That same week, I bought some 3x5 cards and a second copy of Bain’s Chess Tactics for Students and made my first 5 flashcards. ✂️⬜️🗃

I had no idea that I would go on to make another 8,295 tactics flashcards.

In fact, I’m sure I would have quit if I started with that goal.
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