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  • Too quiet

    It's too quiet around here.

    Yes, I'm back. This is always one of the first places I check in when I return to the game after a break. Not sure how long I'm back for, but whatever. I'm playing a couple of online chess games, pulling out the books again, and checking in on the forums.

    "Don't be afraid of ghosts! Always play the moves you want to play unless you see a genuine tactical drawback." --Grandmaster Neil McDonald

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    What books are you reading? Where are you playing? Are you on FICS? What's your username? I'm kapadapa.

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    • #3
      I've been playing a little on FICS, with the same name as here. And there's a coffeehouse group that meets for casual chess on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at two locations 20-30 minutes from me, so I visited them once. After the holidays, I'll probably start going on Thursdays regularly, since that's the closer location to me.

      Mostly, I'm trying to remember my opening repertoire, since I haven't looked at it in a while, and I'm making dumb blunders on things I used to know. I'm trying to write down all the parts I previously knew well in Word docs on the PC, so I have them in one place for future reference. This won't fill in the details about why these are my chosen lines, or how to deal with variations, without reviewing the details from videos and books that I learned them from, but it'll at least give me a good refresher to study regularly, or look over when coming back from a break like I am now. I actually started this a year and a half ago, before this last break from playing, but didn't come anywhere near finishing.

      In my play, though, I'm actually trying out the QGD as black. It's quiet enough not to need a ton of study, and I'd been wanting to try more mainstream stuff instead of the old Dutch I used to play for a while. I'm still playing the Dutch against 1. Nf3 or 1. c4, just not against 1. d4.

      And I've been reviewing some easy tactics puzzle sets that I used to know well, just to get my head in the game. Once I'm done with the easy review, I'll pick out a tougher set to start challenging myself more.

      So mostly just review for now. We'll see how long that takes before I can start in on real study and trying to improve again. Until I'm done with the obvious review, I don't even want to look for any OTB tournaments yet.

      "Don't be afraid of ghosts! Always play the moves you want to play unless you see a genuine tactical drawback." --Grandmaster Neil McDonald

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      • #4
        Don't think about OTB tournaments, or even really "improvement"——think about having fun.

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        • #5
          To me, that stuff is fun.

          But for now, I'm keeping it casual. Lots of online blitz, both on FICS and Chess.com. Of course, I consider anything faster than an hour to be blitz, and I won't do anything faster than 5 5 speed. I think I've played about 80 games in the last 4 weeks, which is a ton for me, mostly at speeds between 5 5 and 15 10. I never really enjoyed blitz much in the past, but I'm kinda getting into it this time.

          But I also tried to play a few slower games, and I'm making dumb blunders when I should have enough time to look around and avoid them. I'm not sure if that's because I'm rusty or because of all the blitz. But I think I need to slow down the practice games and work on my thought process to avoid those mistakes. Making blunders when I should know better is always the thing that annoys me the most about playing chess.

          That's also why I'm reviewing the opening repertoire. I hate it when I play an opening I used to know, but I forget how it goes. Getting into completely unfamiliar territory doesn't bug me - it's the forgetting stuff I should know that drives me nuts.

          So for now, I'm trying to slow down the online blitz to play slower games instead, review my openings, and do some easy tactics puzzles when I have a few minutes here and there. I figure those are things I can do to try and get back to my previous level. I suspect this stage of my return will take at least another month, because I have so much of my opening repertoire that needs to be documented.

          But again, this stuff is my idea of fun. I think I enjoy studying chess more than actually playing.

          "Don't be afraid of ghosts! Always play the moves you want to play unless you see a genuine tactical drawback." --Grandmaster Neil McDonald

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          • #6
            This site is currently #363 on chess-links.org
            I float like a pawn island and sting like an ignored knight

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