Originally posted by randolph
starting out is fundamentally different when you're an adult. one can get to b or a-player rather quickly but very few can progress from there.
Actually I know quite a bit about starting out as an adult. Although I played chess when I was young, I wasnt very good and never put in any effort to learn as a child. When i decided to improve as an adult I gained about 1000 points in 2 1/2 years up to 1800. If you've done any research you know thats pretty much unheard of. Typical for adults is about 100 points a year.
Children learn much faster than adults because their brains are much more malleable and because they have significantly more free time. Compare how much effort you would have to put into learning a foreign language as an adult to how much effort you put into learning your first language. Chess is the same way.
Am I the only one that finds this guy's story strange? If we assume he started out at 800 (which is generous) that means he's gained 900 points in 6 months. Thats 18x faster than a typical adult, 9x faster than a "genius" and even 4x faster than the fastest people in Rapid Chess Improvement none of whch were absolute beginners when they started.
At that rate, He should hit 2000 in about 2 months, and probably be an IM by the end of the year. Then probably a GM the year after and world champion just a few months after that.
Wow, I cant believe we have an actual chess super genius on here. The most talented player to ever live. I feel honored. He's so good he's never lost a game since learning how the pieces move. Whats funny is he's actually ASKING advice instead of giving it.