I used to play a lot of chess when I was around 9 and 10 years old, but then stopped playing until March 2020. Then, with plenty of free time and boredom, I picked it up again and have been playing ever since.
I'm a mediocre player at best when compared to the wider pool of professional chess players, competing all over the world for thousands of dollars, but it's still a great way to spend time and mentally improve. I'm currently an intermediate chess player with an (ELO) rating of 1350.
There's something about the game of chess that simply draws people in like fish to the hook - and it's not worms.
No, I think the reason why chess is so important and why I find it so fascinating is because of its role in society and learning curve. It seems like anyone can learn to play chess, but there are intricacies and depth to the game that distinguish masters from beginners.
Although I know that chess will always be, at most, a hobby, it is definitely an important hobby to me.
Therefore, I'm hoping to improve a lot. Currently, my goal is to become a FIDE (the French Acronym for the International Chess Federation - and also the second largest sporting body in the world) Master (which requires an Elo of 2300 or more.
At first, chess and writing may seem like two totally different subjects. However, a deeper look shows that may not be the case.
Have any of you ever struggled with writer's block or ran out of patience and given up a project? Chess will strengthen those two virtues and help you overcome that next time, as it requires a creative mind and sustained, dedicated time over the chessboard.
The unique structure of chess and patience that it demands from players has taught me some valuable life qualities.
I've learned to become more patient, and to also look at situations more critically and from different angles - the same way that you have to do so from over the board.
If you want to play some chess with me, then it should be a matter of moments to find me online. I play exclusively on chess.com, and my username there is Mythaar.
Send me a friend request and I'd be equally willing to teach or play a friendly game together.
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