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i think chess helps you when youraging you can do any thing if you try hard enoth
Tony, we are not getting older, we are getting better. Believe me, I know what you mean. Perhaps we are slower, but the ability remains. Read my blog.
Hi Yosi. You are right. I am a far better player today than I was 30 years ago because I have had time to learn the game. I hope to improve more. Some things are getting difficult. My mind cannot calculate quickly enough for fast blitz. So what? I play longer games and if Live becomes too difficult then there is Turn Based. I did read your blog and highly recommend it.
As you get older you understand patience. You make people work for each inch and pace yourself. Also its hard to surprise a person who has been playing chess for a long long time. youth has more hmm energy? they tend to calculate all the time so if an older player slips they usually catch it.
Your acuity declines with age, but you judgment gets better. Your OTB play peaks at about 40 years old, but I think you can play a decent game of correspondance chess till you are fairly old.
my dad and I attended a lecture by GM Kaidanov last year and my dad posed this question - "how do you feel playing younger guys like Hess, Shankland, Nakamura, Robson, and do you feel you're at an age disadvantage?". Kaidanov gave a very enlightening answer. He said that it used to be, 20 years ago, that you could read up on the latest magazines (Chess Informant?) on the players that he was going to play and prepare that way. Nowadays, with computers, before each match, he has to spend 5 hours preparing, looking for that edge. Then another 5 hours on the board. That's 10 hours for a day's worth of work. And he said that no matter how good a shape he's in, he is really worn out and all older players will tell you that. That's why the younger guys are now on top.
So basically it's another complaint about powerful chess software. Many of us can remember the time when GMs used to laugh about chess software. Guess they aren't laughing now, are they?
The one thing that increases with age is humility.
lol that is so obvious in the commments above !
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