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  • khan samir

    December 5, 2014

    Hey akshat, I am speechless after reading your journey(1548 to GM),its an incredible improvement.
    so can u tell me what is the secret behind this massive improvement??

    • Akshat

      December 18, 2014

      Hi Samir,

      I really appreciate your kind words. The secret to massive improvement would be to work hard, which is easy to do if you have a passion for the game, and a “Never Give Up” attitude! I know it sounds standard, but these are some of the building blocks to become successful. Thanks for stopping by!

      • khan samir

        January 4, 2015

        Thnx for those tips! would like to see u playing in big tournaments.

  • Sandeep Akshanta

    April 12, 2015

    Hey Akshat,
    I’m a freshman in highschool. I started to play chess in 7th grade. Please tell me…..what is your secret. I study openings a lot and have developed a repertoire, but every time I play in a tournament, people always play side lines. For example, I am well versed in the sicilian dragon, but no one play the open sicilian. How do you combat the side lines? And what do you think I should do, other than know my openings well, to improve my rating. I want to bring it up but it isn’t really going up. Thanks, Sandeep

    • Akshat

      June 14, 2015

      Hi Sandeep Akshanta,

      I’m sorry for my late response. Regarding sidelines, it’s impossible to avoid running into them. The only thing you can do is prepare and review your openings, and work on your strategic understanding of the game, so you’ll be able to manage when you run into a sideline. If you have a coach, you should definitely consult him as to how to deal with your problems, as he has a better understanding of you, and can help you deal with the problems more effectively.
      Good luck!

  • Suyu

    May 28, 2015

    hi…I just want to know how was your training divided and how many hours you use to play chess regularly and which is the most important way to practice the chess
    Waiting for your responce

    • Akshat

      June 14, 2015

      Hi Suyu,

      I try to divide my time equally between openings, middlegames, and endgames. I don’t really play online that much nowadays, but I think playing blitz frequently is helpful, as it sharpens your intuition and helps you calculate quicker. Hope this helps!

  • Andrew

    August 5, 2015

    Hi, Do you offer any coaching and what’s the rate?

    • Akshat

      August 24, 2015

      Hi Andrew,
      Sorry for my late reply.
      I have never coached before, although I may consider it in the future.
      In any case, if I decide to coach in the future, I will post it on my blog.

  • Jameson Tang

    July 31, 2017

    It is great to see your journey over time and love seeing improvement over time no matter who it is. As a player who is in the 1800-2000 USCF range who is mostly self-taught, how do you study/improve your game when you can only participate in tournaments every 2-3 months? Also, what is your study regimen and how did it change as you got better? Also, how long should one prepare/play every day and does it change from 1200-2000-2500?

    • Akshat

      September 5, 2017

      Hi Jameson,
      I apologize for my late response.
      I appreciate your kind words!
      It’s very impressive that you have reached the 1800-2000 USCF as a self-taught player.
      If possible, I’d recommend trying to play more tournaments since over the board experience is vital.
      Then you need to annotate/analyze your games and figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are, so you can improve them!

      I don’t have a fixed study regimen per say, but it’s definitely different from back when I was 1500 :).
      I think you should aim for a minimum of 3 hours of study, otherwise, you might end up becoming rusty.

      Most games at your level are decided by blunders or miscalculations, so I would emphasize working on your tactics.

      Hope this helps, and good luck to you!