I am a 46-year old chess player who started studying chess in 2013 and had my first over the board rated game in December 2013. My goal is to be the best chess player I can possibly be.

My first official ECF rating was 1285. My latest ECF rating – on their December 2016 list – is 121. This equates to an Elo rating, as used by FIDE, of 1608.

I wanted to capture my journey and decided to do so in this blog. I hope you find some value from my experiences.

Becoming a Chess Master – Introduction

My ECF Rating history:

Dec 2016: 121 (1608 Elo)

Jun 2016: 111 (1533 Elo)
Dec 2015: 103 (1473 Elo)
Jun 2015: 108 (1510 Elo)
Dec 2014: 97 (1428 Elo)
Jun 2014: 78 (1285 Elo; conversion Elo = 700 + (ECF x 7.5))


8 Responses to About

  1. chris says:

    You are an inspiration to all of us who are still learning the game. I can see that you have set long term objectives which I never thought bout, now I have a pretty idea of what I need to achieve as a chess player

    I like your blog and I will encourage my friends to follow it as well.


  2. John Public says:

    Good luck. Generally your Elo will peak after 10 years of study, so if you’re still Class C after many years it’s unlikely you will be a master, even with study… but who knows? You may be the exception to the rule.


  3. Quinn says:

    I’m 44 and have just started playing competitive OTB chess. I have the same goal you do, but I’m starting from being unrated, so I have an even longer climb to the top. I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone and that I am rooting for both of us!

    I will continue to monitor your progress. Best of luck!


  4. guest222 says:

    Excellent progress in only 3 months ! Congratulations ! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Florian says:

    Hello, I like your project ! I’m 45 and I started to study seriously chess in order to become an IM. I think you can succeed with a lot of time, motivation, method, honesty. My starting point was Dec 2015, 1300 elo. My goal is 2200 elo in 2 years, and IM 6 years. It’s like a medecin graduation. I put in 20-25 hours a week (!) of Study, practice, and analysis. After 6 months, i reached 1850 elo (+550!) so 2200 in 1.5 years seems reachable. I already made a few +2000 performances on table blitz tourneys. My advices is to really challenge your training plan, to focus on valuable knowledge, and not to spend hours on computers. Make it simple, straightforward, and efficient. Let’s focus on books and board, be aware that everything else could possibly be a waste of time. I wish you good luck and thank you for your blog.


    • Gilbert Alomenu says:


      How did you go from 1300 ELO to 1850 ELO in 6 months , and were these official grades, and if so, which chess federation?


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