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Old 05-18-2019, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any tournament chess players here?


Hey new here and was looking to get back into playing Chess tournaments as it is something good to keep the mind busy. I stopped getting better years ago due to my drinking and now really want to improve my game.Was wondering if their are any other chess players here?
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Old 05-19-2019, 01:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nope, sorry , not me. Hope you find someone here that plays.
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Old 05-19-2019, 02:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Newbeginning,

I moved your thread here to the Cafe. I think you might get more response here

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Old 05-19-2019, 06:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I never got farther in chess than knowing the horse moves in ways that resemble a drunk trying to walk a straight line.
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Old 05-23-2019, 05:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I am involved in a local community chess group, and we have an annual tournament each year.

Sobriety for me pushed me to rekindle interests I had prior to my drinking days, and chess was something my dad had taught me, and it was something a group of us could get involved in, at weekends we play in the local coffee shops.

As the years have passed it's become a great local community group, and grown, it's been a really proud moment in my Sobriety!!
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I play online at my own pace. I know some basic strategy, but never memorized opening book sequences. I use Chess with Friends on my phone.
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Been trying to get myself motivated to study again as I really want to improve. It is something I have always wanted to do but never was able to do because of my drinking. Nice to meet some fellow chess players!
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I play online at my own pace. I know some basic strategy, but never memorized opening book sequences. I use Chess with Friends on my phone.
There are many big tournaments in Pennsylvania such as the annual world open
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I played in USCF chess tournaments back in the 90s, 1992 thru 1997 roughly. I peaked at a rating of around 1700 which is nothing special as serious players go. But I do know how the horsey and the castle move haha!

It was fun at the time, but also pretty stressful, like 1 game was the equivalent of taking a difficult college-level exam, really grueling. And a tournament would be 6 of these in a row, 2 each day for 3 consecutive days! And that's not even counting the hundreds of hours studying and preparing etc.

So yeah, it was a good experience when I was a younger man, a different man, but in retrospect I might have applied all that time and energy in different ways. Hard to say.
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I played in USCF chess tournaments back in the 90s, 1992 thru 1997 roughly. I peaked at a rating of around 1700 which is nothing special as serious players go. But I do know how the horsey and the castle move haha!

It was fun at the time, but also pretty stressful, like 1 game was the equivalent of taking a difficult college-level exam, really grueling. And a tournament would be 6 of these in a row, 2 each day for 3 consecutive days! And that's not even counting the hundreds of hours studying and preparing etc.

So yeah, it was a good experience when I was a younger man, a different man, but in retrospect I might have applied all that time and energy in different ways. Hard to say.
Cool yeah I really want to get back into it but also find it very stressful and I want to make a title. I am a bit worried it might lead me back to drinking. 1700 takes a lot of work to get to. At my level really takes a lot of dedication but have always wanted to become and IM and GM. Around 2400 now USCF my peak was around 2450 but was always so out of it at tournaments and could legit not remember opening theory and plans and would kind of wing it. I really really want this always have but have been too out of it to actually sit and study!
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Old 06-16-2019, 02:14 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Wow, 2400s territory? Holy cow, I didn't know you were that good!

I can totally see wanting to press on and get an IM title at your level, that would be pretty damn cool for sure.
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Old 06-16-2019, 01:07 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Problem is my play is all over the place due to my drinking. More the after effects and legit not able to remember variations. At higher levels it is pretty important to remember the variations and understand the plans of the various positions that can arise. Really looking forward to make a push further I get into sobriety 37 days now. Have problems sitting down and studying and doing the work as I have massive anxiety and brain fog.
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Old 06-27-2019, 05:38 AM   #13 (permalink)
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You're early in the process, I bet you'll be amazed over time at what you're still capable of re mental attention/focus. That's as long as you stay sober of course, that's the main thing!

Back when I drank, I'd pretty much giving up reading books altogether, wasn't sure I could ever get it back but gradually it got better. These bodies of ours are amazingly resilient things as it turns out, long as we take care of them.
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