Pathway to Success by Blake Baumgartner

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Pathway to Success

Are you struggling to achieve your goals in chess?

Do you feel like others are "passing you up?"

My name's Blake, and I know how it feels.  I earned my Master title in 2018, but it feels like just yesterday that I was playing my very first chess games online, struggling to improve.

No matter how much I cared about getting better, the results weren't there.  I played hundreds of games, watched dozens of videos...yet I kept making the same mistakes. When I fixed one flaw in my chess game, another one appeared.

I knew that other players were passing me up.  I knew that there were 12-year-old Masters out there, yet here I sat, with the same low rating I had a few months ago, taking one step forward and two steps back.  Is the problem with me? I wondered.  Am I not as smart as I thought I was? Am I not cut out for chess?

Thankfully, this wasn't the case for me - and it's not for you either. I learned that there are proven, replicable methods and mentalities that successful players use to improve at chess, and when I began applying them, my results skyrocketed.  In the summer of 2010, I was still stuck in the same low rating brackets that I'd been in for months, playing online, wondering what I was missing. By the winter of 2012, just a year and a half later, I was an established, 1800+ rated, class-A USCF tournament player - one of the top few thousand chess players in the nation!

What worked for me can work for you too.  In this course, I want to walk you through this 18-month journey to success...and show you the training methods and mentalities to use to replicate it.

  • Even if you're a beginner
  • Even if you've never played a real-life tournament before...or have any intention to
  • Even if you've been stuck for years

The methods and mentalities discussed in this course can work for anyone. When you buy Pathway to Success, not only will you receive access to over 7 hours of video content, spanning over 50 analyzed and annotated games I played on my journey from beginner to class-A player - I'll show you the methods I was using to study and improve, the books I read, and even the mentalities I had to develop to succeed.

And because I'm confident that this course will help you become the best chess player you can be, I'm even offering a 30-day money back guarantee. If you put in the work, go through the videos, apply the techniques yourself, and aren't satisfied, then that's my fault - not yours.  Let me know within 30 days and I'll refund you - I'll even eat the transaction fees.  Try the course completely risk-free - I want this course to be a no-brainer purchase for anyone who wants to improve at chess!

You'll see:

  • How to develop good chess habits
  • The dangers of "lazy calculation"...and how to overcome it (Video 9)
  • How to deal with draw offers (Video 11)
  • How I played over 20 memorized moves of an opening to "play for 2 results" like a an opening I had never seriously studied! (Video 12)
  • And much more!

Plus, when you buy now, I'm throwing in a BONUS video for you.  This video will talk about the psychology of chess improvement, and how your habits and improvement techniques need to change to progress from a Class A player, to Expert, to Master, and beyond!

I don't want anyone in the ChessPathways community to make the same mistakes I did.
I wasted a lot of time doing things that don't work, and I created this course because I don't want that to happen to you.

There are two options for you below.  Choose which one is right for you, and I look forward to helping you achieve your chess dreams!



Access the ENTIRE course, including:
  • 7+ hours of video content
  • 50+ analyzed chess games
  • BONUS video
  • Book Recommendations
  • Improvement methods and mindset
  • And more!



Entire course, plus personal training!
  • 7+ hours of video content
  • 50+ analyzed chess games
  • BONUS video
  • Book Recommendations
  • Improvement methods and mindset
  • PLUS:
  • Correspondence Games with a Master
  • Personalized study schedule
  • Weekly check-ins
  • Personal Game Analysis


Pathway to Success

What's included?

Video Icon 13 videos


1: The Journey's Outset
23 mins
2: Time for a Tournament
32 mins
3: Queen City Classic
38 mins
4: Start of the Summer
34 mins
5: The Curse of the Blunders
36 mins
6: Look for a Better Move!
33 mins
7: A Big Step Up
45 mins
8: The One Year Mark
47 mins
9: Don't Be Lazy
37 mins
10: A Christmas Breakthrough
34 mins
11: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
38 mins
12: An "A" at Last
42 mins
Bonus: Where do we go from here?
18 mins