Welcome to my Chess.com blog! I plan on posting here stream-of-conciousness style so it may not be the most fun thing to read. I know no one will be reading it anyway. I suppose it's mostly for me to log my chess progression and thoughts on it. Kind of like a personal journal... but strictly for chess.
I am confused about my chess skill. OTB I have beaten a handfull of people that I know that play chess. Admittedly they have a casual interest in chess at best. However, I come away from playing against them (4-0 yesterday OTB) feeling pretty good. I know I'm bad but I can't help feeling a little more confident. Then I play on chess.com and get beaten so badly it's embarassing! I have looked for the lowest skill-rating player I could find and still ended up losing narrowly. One thing that frustrates me is the fact that most people seem to be playing ten-minute-or-less games. I cannot stand quick games like that. Maybe I'll just have to resort to seeking my own games on my own terms. Half an hour per side is more like it at least. I also feel I can calculate moves much better looking at a real board and pieces. I need to get better at PC chess since I'll be playing 90% of my chess on it.
I volunteered to be a chess.com greeter and play unrated games with chess.com newcomers. I figure I may be terrible at chess but I know how to use chess.com and can answer any questions while I get beaten. At least the games are unrated.