The Blueprint for improving your Chess
even with limited training time.

Learn how to study only with effective resources the right way and you will be able to break through your Chess plateau.

Chess study can feel like searching a needle in a haystack.
If you feel overwhelmed by all the resources, you are not alone.
But I can tell you: it doesn't have to be like that.
You can make big improvements even with limited time!
By focusing on only a few key elements & resources and train them in the most effective way possible.
This is what you will learn here.

Why do I know this is possible?

Because I did it myself & helped many Students achieve the same!
In Summer 2017 I hit my head in an unfortunate accident. The resulting Traumatic Brain Injury has drastically changed my life & Chess career.
Due to headaches, concentration loss and nausea, I had only very limited concentration time every day.
I remember a particular tournament in fall 2017 where I had to lie on a couch from time to time during my game because I wasn't able to sit straight up for too long!
It would have been easy to just stop playing Chess professionally after this incident. But I wasn't ready to give up on my dreams yet.
In order to remain competitive, I knew I had to do something different.
I had to train smarter and better than everyone else. My focus needed to be on the things that really make a huge difference when improving your chess skills.
Just two years after my injury, I won the Swiss Championship with an unbeaten 7.5/9, one of the best performances of my career.
Even during this amazing tournament I wasn't able to prepare more than 30 Minutes per game. And I had a whole physio routine to do every day in order to 'survive' the 9 days.
To me that was the ultimate proof that you can improve your chess, even with limited energy & time. Here is how I went to an all-time high rating of 2588 FIDE & several Swiss Champion Titles with a traumatic brain injury.
Swiss Champion 2019.
Definitely the sweetest title of my Career. With smart training and a good mindset, nearly everything is possible.

Here’s how I went from rock bottom to winning a Championship Title in only 2 years:

My full focus was on finding the few things that make a big difference in Chess.
I started out by going through my games and creating a list of my biggest mistakes.
I realized that I lost (or failed to win) roughly 80% of my games due to Tactics & Calculation mistakes.
Oh wow, that is a lot! This number can be explained in two ways:
1) Tactics really do decide most games, even on Grandmaster Level.
2) Suffering from a Brain Injury, I had difficulties to focus and thus my blunders increased.
Finding an area that was accountable for so many mistakes gave me hope. If I manage to decrease the amount of tactical mistakes, my rating will increase dramatically!
So how can one improve the tactical & combination skills?
By solving exercises similar to the positions I will face during a game!
Instead of spending time on unnecessary things, I now tried to solve exercises whenever I was able to focus well.
This training alone was more impactful than hundreds of hours of opening study.
Alongside this training, my main aim was to keep my decisions as simple as possible.
My body simply wasn't ready for a tournament full of nightly preparations, remembering engine lines & complicated tactical battles.
The key was to:
1) Get positions with reasonably simple ideas and
2) To be able to play them better than my opponents.
That meant logical opening concepts instead of long and difficult to remember Engine lines.
It meant studying the structures before the tournament, so I did not have to review much before a given game.
Understanding endgame ideas instead of blindly remembering some sequences.
In short: not a lot of memorization but counting on understanding, so that even on a bad day my subconscious mind (or intuition) can take over.
Once I started sharing my advice via my Blog and to private Students, I realized that my situation was very close to the situation of many amateur chess improvers:
Trying to improve with limited amount of time & energy.
The energy in your case is (hopefully) not limited because of a brain injury, but because you have a full time job, university studies or a family to take care of.
Whenever you get to play & study Chess you might feel exhausted and unsure what really makes the difference now. As you don't have that much time, it really matters WHAT & HOW you do it.
You need a simple training routine that focuses on the few things that make a big difference.
That's why my own methods worked so well for many Blog readers & private Students.

Oddvar Raugstad, Private Student

"Noël helped me identify my weaknessses, the fundamentals that were lagging behind, and then created a well suit study plan that helped me improve"

Steve Wollkind, Next Level Training Student

"Next Level Training is pure gold. With the study plan I created thanks to NLT (and the confidence I gained to stick with it) I'm working on my game in the ways that matter, and playing much better chess than before."

Steve Wollkind's Lichess Rapid Rating Graph. +100 rating and an all-time high in just 40 days after getting the course!

I realized that basically all Chess improvers struggle with at least one of the three main Training Questions:
1) What should I study?
2) How do I study effectively?
3) How do I stick to my plan?

If any of these questions resonate with you, you are in the right place.
Let me be very clear: I did not find a magic pill. You won’t just gain rating without doing anything.
Chess improvement requires focused work.
But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming or complicated. If you consistently study what really matters in the right way, you will see clear improvements.
And that’s what you are going to learn here.
Let's get back to your three main Questions:
1) What do I have to study?
We live in a time where we have access to almost unlimited (free) information.
The downside of that being that you can get overwhelmed by said information very quickly. 
Of all the chess books, courses and videos on the internet, you won't even be able to work through a fraction in your lifetime. So you need to choose wisely.
And what part of chess should you spend your precious time on? Openings, Endgames, Tactics, Positional Chess?
So many questions!
What most likely happens is that you jump around between different books, courses and other training methods without a clear plan.
You are always afraid to miss the latest trend or course and can’t finish a book because there is so much more to learn…
That is why I created a very simple approach to chess improvement. No more being overwhelmed. Follow the one-third rule and you are already doing a lot right:
- ⅓ Learning new tactical motifs and subsequently solving Tactical Exercises
- ⅓ Playing games & learning a LOT from your mistakes by analyzing them the right way
- ⅓ Improving your Openings, Endgame play or positional chess, according to YOUR personal needs.
I will show you exactly how you can use this one third rule in perfection. 
I have gathered the most essential and effective Online tools, books & courses that will help you improve your chess as much as possible in your limited time.
You will be surprised how much you can do with a few great free resources & only very few selected books/courses.
2) How Do I study effectively?
You’ve certainly heard advice like "analyze all your games!" or "improve tactics". 
Then you tried to follow the advice but sitting in front of this new resource, you feel overwhelmed.
Analyze your games sounds easy enough. But then...
For how long?
What should I be looking for?
With an Engine or without?
The WHAT only works if you also know the HOW.
The good thing is that again, you can learn from my approach. No matter if you are just beginning or a Grandmaster, some concepts apply to everyone!
Sure, we will solve different exercises. But HOW we solve these exercises doesn’t differ much at all.
I’ve made so many mistakes over the 5.5 years as a chess professional. Instead of making the same mistakes you can now learn from mine.
I will show you step-by-step how to:
✅solve exercises 
✅analyze your own games
✅Use some amazing FREE chess resources like Lichess or Chessmadra
✅Read chess books the right way
✅Get the most out of chess courses
✅Create your own Opening repertoire in under 2 hours
✅And much more!
3) How Do I finally stick to my New Year resolution?
The easiest part of a resolution is setting the goal. What follows later is the tough part.
You might have felt great motivation to improve your chess several times already.
"Now I will really improve. This time will be different." You said to yourself.
But then after a great start, after one or two months your motivation faded away. Your training got more infrequent and soon enough you were back at the start.
Why does this happen to you? And how can you change it?
The answers are all written in amazing books I studied over the past 5 years.
Don’t worry, you don’t have to read the same 50-ish books I read. I summarized all the things you really need to know.
You'll learn how to:
✅Create great Habits
✅Improve your ability to focus
✅Increase the quality of each training session
✅Create a training plan you can really stick to

Sounds Great? Then I have something for you!

I created this course to guide you through your chess improvement journey.
To teach you the skills to train chess the right way.
No more being overwhelmed.
No more guessing what might help.
Just a clear, high quality training, every time!
Here is what you will get in the course:

Chapter 1: Introduction, Improvement Mindset
✅How this course is built, order of study
✅How you will get the most out of the course
Chapter 2: How To Study Anything
✅Improvement Expectations vs Reality
✅Avoid the Biggest Risk
✅Get Better Quality in Anything you Do
✅Learn how to increase your Focus
✅Create great habits & remove bad ones 
 Chapter 3: How To Study Chess
✅How Chess improvement actually works
✅Difference between Learning & Improving
 Chapter 4: How To Study Tactics
✅Learn the 5 Steps to Mastery
✅How to use Lichess Tactics the right way
✅Get a great Book and solve the exercises to maximise your improvement
✅Learn from your mistakes and categorize them (right!)
  Chapter 5: How To Study Positional Chess
✅Focus only on the most important Positional Concepts
✅Apply these concepts in game by asking the right questions
✅Why you should NEVER consult an engine to learn positional chess
✅Get a short list of amazing books & courses that will cover ALL you need to learn about positional & strategic chess
Chapter 6: How To Study Openings
✅The practical Opening Mindset
✅Use Lichess Studies (FREE!) to create your own Repertoire
✅Great FREE mini-courses & resources to start your opening journey
✅Learn how to improve your openings after playing a game
✅Get a list of recommended Openings for Beginners, Positional Players & attacking players
✅The best opening courses & how you study them in the most effective way possible
 Chapter 7: How To Study Endgames
✅Get the ONLY book/course you need up to 2200 for Endgame Theory
✅Learn how to study endgame books & courses
✅Learn the endgame principles you need & leave out everything else
 Chapter 8: Improve By Playing Training Games
✅Learn which Time Controls really help you improve
✅How to use Training games against friends to get real game practice
✅How to focus during training games and get more out of them
✅Fun challenges to make training games more close to “real” games
 Chapter 9: How To Analyze Your Games
✅How to learn from your mistakes by focusing on key moments
✅The differences in analyzing Classical, Rapid & Blitz Games
✅Learn from how I analyze my own games
Chapter 10: Construct Your Training Plan
✅Learn the traits of a training plan you can stick to: Specific, plausible, simple
✅Apply the one-third Rule to your personal training plan
✅Simplify your training by only getting GREAT resources
✅Avoid being overwhelmed by proudly leaving 99% out
✅ACTION TIME: Improve your chess by following your newly curated training plan
With this course you will save money, time & frustration.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do You Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?
Yes, 30-days. Read my refund policy for more details.
What is The format of this course?
This is mainly a video-course. Where needed, you'll find additional text passages. You will also be able to download several checklists & files that help you apply what you learned.
How long is this course?
The video's are a little below 10 hours. If you go through everything carefully, I estimate you will spend between 15-20 hours to create your own plan. Since you have a lifetime access, you can always go back and rewatch something!
What Rating Range is this course aimed at?
When creating this course, I was thinking about chess improvers ranging from Beginners to 2000 FIDE rating (roughly 2150 online). If you are rated higher you will still be able to profit from this course tremendously. But for example, the Opening section is specifically targeted at players below 2000 to keep it as simple as possible. If you are unsure if this course is for you, send me an email [email protected] and I'll help you decide (also, you have 30-day money back guarantee!).
Are there any hidden costs?
No! You buy this course once and get lifetime access. I will update the course from time to time and these updates are also 100% free.
When will I see the results if I follow your instructions?
If you follow my instructions I'm confident you will feel a difference in your chess strength & results within a month's time. From there on the compound effect starts kicking in for the rest of your life!
Can I find all of this content on your Blog for free?
Absolutely no! While some of the concepts appear on the blog, a lot is exclusively in this course. It is also structured in a way that makes your learning experience more easy.