I’m 42- with kids- without tournament experiences and without any plans of future tournament (Club) experiences. ….
If I asked online, whether I could become Good At chess- at my age- with my experiences… I might get a Few optimistic posts (mainly from people that hope to do what I’m trying to do), but the response would be a guarded.
If I asked further if there was any chance I could get to be as good at chess as a 1600 ELO chess player in Standard Time control. I might get a Maybe. If I asked if I could get to an 1800- I might get a “its possible”. Lastly, If I asked – If I could get to be a 2000 or higher, perhaps the truth would come out.
“look, you don’t understand, people online they are not playing their best- this is just half tries & blitz games. If you want to get to an expert or better- you almost certainly HALF to play in OTB chess tournaments. That’s the place to prove your strength.”
Any Las Vegas odds man would bet against me!
Of course I haven’t actually asked this- but I don’t have to. Lots of people have asked about whether they can become a master. The ‘regular’ posters, usually assume the OP is young. And they have encouraging but guarded answers. Some good thoughts come out of threads like this- but the normal answers are worn out.
MOST people Quit Before they Have a good try… and most Adults don’t make enough effort- to really qualify As a good Try.
This is of course discouraging. But in a way it paints a true picture of what kind of mountain I’m trying to climb. It also puts the question to “What AM I trying to achieve anyway”?
Frankly Said, I would like to Excel at chess, and (just as frankly) This means USCF expert. 2000+. The Fact that I am not trying to improve my USCF rating misses the point. “I will Find a way” is the important thought.
First I want to Really Improve in chess- In ALL time controls here at chess.com. and Later I will find a way to get to USCF tournaments.
MOTIVATION. Its been lagging recently. I don’t mean to be stuck on the big effort to get to 1200 blitz- but now that is done, for some reason I find myself a little Lazy. A few other things have become a distraction.
YET 1200 Blitz is NOT where I want to stop. In fact, I don’t want to stop, at all! but I find myself drawn more into chess.com forum than more legitamite training efforts. I feel a little slow, tired and fatigued. Some more days than ever.
In Short, NOW is the Time to show determination. Now is a time to draw resources from within. And Now Is the Time to remind myself of how big and exciting the broader goal really is. I have to start showing more time spent on tactic puzzles, game review, and careful readings from some of my chess book.
“The only universal approach to winning is diligence.”
I apologize if I’ve made this particular blog somewhat unreadable. I remind myself, that my own personal ramblings aren’t great literature.
(On chess.com, we usually suffer the patzer’s to write because there comments are brief.)
Instead, a blog is a way of documenting your thoughts, and I need more motivation.