Getting Into Chess
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Getting Into Chess


How I Reached a 1400+ Rating on

A quick summary of how I improved by 100 points in one year.

Last week, I reached an exciting new milestone in chess: I increased my rating on to over 1400. That puts me in about the top 6% of all players on the site.



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Benya Clark

I’m a lawyer turned writer from North Carolina. I write about sobriety, mental health, and more. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter at