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What is good advice and what were myths and whizdumb of the internet that kept you from improving as much/fast as you could have?

Play more games? NO! Focused training helps more than playing random games. Perfect practice makes perfect not making unpunished mistakes against other weak players.

Studying more openings? NO. You need to focus on one opening for white and black. And MASTER them. Learning lots of openings gives you more openings with less ability in each of them. END GAMES will help more than learning more openings. And tactics are also needed to help play middle games better when using a clock.

  • I think a lot it will come down to personal experience, since different learning strategies work for different people. – Akavall Jan 2 at 19:21
  • The details may differ but having taught at the uni I suspect that the general approach to learning would be the same for almost everybody. – yobamamama Jan 2 at 19:25
  • I'm not understanding what the question is. Can you clarify? Are you asking what good and bad advice I have received when learning chess? – Michael West Jan 2 at 22:28
  • @yobamamama If you teach at a university I hope someone will have pointed out to you that different people do indeed have different learning styles... – Grade 'Eh' Bacon Jan 3 at 20:51
  • I know that quite well. Thanks for sharing. – yobamamama Jan 3 at 21:29
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I think that the biggest myth about chess is the one that you actually pointed out in your question. I am talking about the one about learning openings before learning endgames. I am a strong believer that endgames contribute much to your play than openings and openings. As the great chess player Capablanca pointed out that Endgames can be studied independently while Openings and the Middlegame must be studied with the knowledge of a possible ending.

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