I learned how to move the pieces in 2008. I played a local guy went to jail for a few years, during that time all he did was play chess.
I guess I lost probably 45 games to him. Then I got on chesstempo practiced around 4 thousand tactics problems.
After that I lost to the guy once more, then it was another thousand tactics, this time on CT and I got CT Art 3.0.
He never beat me again.
I started going to a chess club in a nearby city, and after a couple of losses, I won a few, but just enough to find myself in the middle of the pack.
I decided to get into a tournament last November.
Blundered a won endgame against one player, then I played an obnoxious kid who knocked my pieces over. I didn't know I could have won by disqualification, so I resigned.
I was so mad after the game that I lost the next game and just left instead of playing the last.
More tactics. Started working my way though Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual.
Played through the games of some positional masters like Botvinnik, Petrosian, and Capablanca.
Played my second tournament in March this year. I beat a 1500 player in 20 moves. For the rest of the tournament got paired with some experienced guys who knew this crazy thing called "strategy."
That makes my lifetime tournament record 1-0-6.
I decided it was time to get help. I got a chess coach.
He said I had talent, but that my style and that of most of the masters I'd been studying was like night and day.
No more Petrosian, Botvinnik, and Capa.
Now it's Kasparov, Alekhine, Tal and Shirov.
Right now I'm working on building up my opening repertoire, and I'm going to start playing in more tournaments.