Hi, my name is Daniel Johnston, and I’m the author of this blog, DanielChessmanJohnston.com.

In this blog I will be covering and talking about chess.

You obviously won’t just take advice from any random fool on the internet (I know I wouldn’t), so let me tell you a little about myself:

I am fifteen years old, and my USCF rating is currently 1860.

I started playing chess about five years ago when I was looking for something to do and happened to stumble upon a chess set that I had been given for my fourth birthday.

It was a match made in heaven.

Immediately, I was hooked on the game, and within a year, I had gotten a coach, started playing in regular tournaments, studied regularly, and my rating was up to around 600.

In fourth grade, I traveled to my first out of city tournament.

In 2009, I beat Grandmaster Alexander Shabalov in a simul; his only defeat the entire day.

On this blog, I hope to help you through this complicated journey of the game of chess the best that I can. I will give you analysis of my games, reviews of books I’m reading, and chess tutorials and help.

I understand that I will make mistakes in some of the things that I say here, and you should be, too. I’m not claiming to be all-knowing, but I do feel I can help players of any level under 2000, and maybe even above with my book reviews.


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