As an Asperger player, I played from 5 to 10. I won at school and at regional tournaments. I left it
I returned at 18. I spent 15 years playing online and OTB (a lot of daily hours).
- 2900 in chess.com tactics trainer.
- 1950 in rapids (playing 15' games in french Federation).
- 1750 in slow games at Spanish FEDA.
I have books but I do not read them. I get bored because I do not understand what they say and I have never tried seriously to study theory. I am not good evaluating positions either. I failed many times to match with Stockfish evaluation. Reading here what a master thinks at a position was the definitive read when I knew that was impossible to me. Even I hadn't left chess at 10 I do not think I would have reached more than 2000.
I find I have some kind of limitation in my brain. I only won 1700 because of tactical mistakes and because I know a bit how to enter in won endgames.
I am curious if other autistic players succeeded to "decrypt" chess. Maybe GM Julio Granda is a clear case (related)?