This makes no sense to me. I never heard of chess beginners being recommended not to play the game for a year, if that's what the quote is saying. Sure, beginners should learn basic tactics and endgames, but even the strongest players still practise tactics and work on endgames. It feels a bit lost in translation. (Maybe it's a Russian thing, but I've heard/read a lot of Russians talking about their early chess days and never heard about that method.)
But ok, I persevered. Soon I got to
> “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room” – Confucius
Uh..that doesn't sound like Confucius. Quote Investigator, after what looks like extensive research, couldn't find the line in print before 2003.
Also, I find the page very hard on the eyes. Way too many different fonts, formats, font sizes. Too much white space. It gave me a headache before I was halfway down the page, I found it very uncomfortable to read. Great idea though.
That's not what the quote is saying. I've frequently heard it said that beginners have a tendency to assume that they should start by studying one or two openings and trying to memorize as much of the variations as possible. Its natural to think one should start at the beginning and so they think that studying openings will help them. However, studying tactics and small puzzles would be a better use of a beginner's time.
How Josh Waitzkin taught Tim Ferris how to learn with a chess game learning example. Josh removed almost all figures from the table and said that we can learn so much more from the simplest game situations.
See it here https://youtu.be/UbXIbN5S3hE?t=101
thanks a lot for such extensive and helpful feedback. I appreciate it. And I will look into how improve the reading experience