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mlazar 32 ( +1 | -1 )
Question goes out to players who have played for years and then take a break(month,6 months ,year) and do they see their play improve or decline upon resumption? Also .. I was curious if any players have played OTB or correspondence chess almost every day and how many years in length without any break?
mettlesome 50 ( +1 | -1 )
A break... My over-the-board play always improves after a year away (as long as I actually work during that year). Last year I didn't play in a club, and spent my time studying chess at home in the evenings and sometimes doing problems on the way to and from work, and I've jumped 250 points from the beginning of that year, to near the end of this one (I was 1650 and I'm now at 1900.....I think that by the end of the year I could break 2000....with a little luck.....)

Mettlesome
indiana-jay 106 ( +1 | -1 )

I took a break for years. I'm curious too (that's why I'm here). Usually for any games, it takes a few moment, and improvement will follow.

But chess is about memory/intelligence and theories. My memory is getting worse. And of course my knowledge will not be better either.

Due to my intelligence and lack of playing hours, the longer the time setting, the better my "level". I would easily loose a blitz against "1500", but for 2 hours per 40 moves, I would match up a Master.

Assumming that GK players are overrated, and that I will use a tournament standard time to think (this will be a problem), and that my skill is not improved nor declined, I'm looking forward to see if I could have an established rating around 2200.

Having been playing with around 1700 rated GK players in a "blitz" manner, I'm sure that I can at least reach 2000. I will try to use more time to think when I get near my established rating. Let's see if I'm right or wrong (or if I'm improved or declined). If the methodology were correct :)

But, BTW, is "2 hours per 40 moves" still a tournament standard?

premium_steve 14 ( +1 | -1 )
whoa "...i would easily loose a blitz against "1500", but for 2 hours per 40 moves, i would match up against a master."

??????? that's insane
bartlebie 37 ( +1 | -1 )
Hm hm my current DWZ (it is said that it's about 0-100 points under elo, but I'm not sure if that's really the case...) is a bit over 2000. I have played some 150 games here and my rating is 1823 at the moment, so I am not sure if GK is overrated.
2/40 +1/20 +1 "til the end" is still some kind of standard, but it is not always used. I think it's a good idea to use different time per move ahh, I am missing the proper word. :-)
maca 26 ( +1 | -1 )
Started early I learned to play when i was 5 - years old. I playd
since i was about 9, but after that i had serious
break ; 6 years.

It brought my skills down quickly, but novadays
i found it certainly easier to read chess books
and understand them correctly.
myway316 44 ( +1 | -1 )
I... ...once walked away from the game for 3+ years,as I was totally burned out.During that time out,I never looked at a chess book,and played maybe half a dozen casual games,vs,very weak opponents. When I came back to the game,I found out I was stronger than when I quit,maybe because I was returning with a clear head,and not worrying so much about results,ratings,etc.
myway316 44 ( +1 | -1 )
I... ...once walked away from the game for 3+ years,as I was totally burned out.During that time out,I never looked at a chess book,and played maybe half a dozen casual games,vs,very weak opponents. When I came back to the game,I found out I was stronger than when I quit,maybe because I was returning with a clear head,and not worrying so much about results,ratings,etc.
indiana-jay 244 ( +1 | -1 )
Insane???
It's hard to tell for how long I've played chess. Everyone in my neighborhood knows how to move the pieces. I played with my brother and my father and had quarrels due to lack of knowledge on how to play. Mate in 3 was my fovourite and most advanced technique.

It was that day I consider I really start playing chess when I accidentally found a chess book. It's a compilation of local and old world tournaments (Bobby Fischer etc.) games, with analysis on almost every moves.

I started to read the book and (to my surprise) I found that I could easily beat my brother and father. That day I fell in love with chess and read the book all day and night. About 3 months from then, there was a regular junior tournament. I prepared myself to join the tournament for 3 months. I read the book and played with myself. Everyone was worried about me for doing nothing else but playing chess with myself.

In the tournament I beat the one that used to be in the first place (a good new comer will always be a miracle in any chess tournament!). I was out after being beaten by the one who used to be in the second place (so he became the champion). I had the most terrible problem in my academic record due to this adventure.

I rarely play with people. I played with myself and play with people to see if I had an advancement. My Mother was good enough to find and introduce me to local players (since I couldn't find anyone around to rival me). This effort led me to Fritz, ChessMaster and national and international masters.

Playing with myself, I don't care how many hours I think for each move. I don't mind to analyse all the possibilities. I hang around with the most intelligent people in my town and country. I knew that when you gave them the time to think they would find the perfect move even if they didn't know chess theory. Clever people tend to be challenged by problem, and be able to think many moves ahead. With people "on the street", they play very fast and will complain once you think more than 5 minutes. Even if you encouraged them to think, they just couldn't. I found them useless, and play with computer instead.

For everyone who couldn't win against me in standard chess, I have never won against them in 5 minutes blitz. The more you play, the faster you think and react.
indiana-jay 42 ( +1 | -1 )
Damn you bartlebie...
You are absolutely right. I have missed all the news. I just read that there are currently 16 people in "club 2700", and there is an inflation in ratings which is 20 to 30 points a year.

When I was "active" playing chess, nobody was in 2600. I'm sure it's not merely just an inflation, but players average strength had been increasing...

But I love to find out that my favourite is still playing and on the top (?)... But where's Karpov???
maca 26 ( +1 | -1 )
quite strange In Finland, where i live, i find it surprising that
many peoples have played when they were
children. After that they have forgotten this
valuable skill. I almost joined them...

MaCa
themagic_1 66 ( +1 | -1 )
As for myself I used to play regularly(clubs and local tourneys) until maybe 14 then I stop playing altogether until I came across the kasparov vs junior match last month and decide to play again.

That about 14 years lay-off and my chess is worst by a long shot. but luckily my parent still store some of my books and I found the internet is amazing with the amount of chess database out there. I am beginning to relearn alot and playing regular helps.

The only thing I noticed is I make a lot of blunders when I play too fast but if I concentrate a little before making a move I get better results.

mlazar 3 ( +1 | -1 )
thanks for all your replies
Mike