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Old 01-04-2021, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'd been thinking about getting seriously into chess for a while now but after watching the Queen's Gambit recently, which was obviously a pretty excellent show with lots of interesting chess discussion, I've begun really deeply investing into the hobby. And it's a remarkably cheap hobby to get into considering it yields basically a lifetime of entertainment and its infinite skill ceiling. I could study every day for the rest of my life and still not get even close to being the best. And that kind of thing is what excites me, it's a hobby that's easy to get into and could theoretically never leave me bored.

All you have to do to start playing is make an account at chess.com. You can play infinitely for free against either bots or real players. Personally I've invested the small fee required to gain access to all the analytical tools and lessons. Particularly the lessons have been amazing, I've learned a lot in a short period of time.

Hopefully someone else here is as interested in the game as I am. Currently I am complete garbage at the game but I'm learning more every day. I'll always be looking for more friendly practice partners.
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Old 01-04-2021, 11:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I could study every day for the rest of my life and still not get even close to being the best.
It startled me that you thought that even needs to pointed out.

But yeah, it’s fun and crazy how endless and humbling it is. It’s good for your mind even if you suck. Sometimes when I’m losing I’ll consider the same ****ty move over and over even though it won’t work. You can learn something about how your mind works by getting your ass handed to you in chess. Also for me, sacrificing pieces to implement a plan goes against the grain. It makes me think, is this the kind of thinking that holds me back in real life.
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Old 01-04-2021, 11:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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until you're like twelve hundred rank you're considered a Novice

so it's not just that you'll never be the best, you'll have to play for years to even be able to win a game at a tournament
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1200 as in the rating?

i knew a dude in the program whose rating was ~1800
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I once met a guy who made a point of mentioning his rating of 2000 every time he introduced himself to someone. One of the worst first impressions I've ever had
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1200 as in the rating?

i knew a dude in the program whose rating was ~1800
Then you knew a good chess player.
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Chess is a game where you could easily get trashed by an eight year old

and that eight year old wouldn't even be good
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Then you knew a good chess player.
He was a pagan too. believed in norse mythology.

I usually play my phone on about 1500.
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Chess is a game where you could easily get trashed by an eight year old

and that eight year old wouldn't even be good
A friend of the family said their 10 year old daughter was really good at chess. I played her and she was trash. Didn't even know what castling is.
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