049 My Top 5 Chess Lessons From 2022 - Daniel LonaJan 17, 2023
After 800 hours of chess, you should learn some stuff.
That’s roughly the amount of time I spent playing and studying the game in 2022.
And, yes, for all that effort, there’s a nagging concern that I should be way better.
But I did learn a few things along the way.
In fact, 2022 marks my second full year of being a serious student of chess since my middle school days, when I first took the game seriously.
Much of the year required an "aggravating patience" - is that a thing? - as my rating refused to climb for the first six months.
Thankfully, I had two great coaches to guide my way, and eventually, I had some notable progress and rating gains.
Plus, I always keep my eyes open for insights so that I can share them with my fellow chess community.
Some are about the game itself, others about the overall journey.
So, here are my Top 5 Chess Lessons of 2022!