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How many times have you thought about quitting?


  • 2 years ago · Quote · #1

    ChessSponge

    My last 4 games on here (2 wins 2 losses) were just full of stupid moves by me. Sometimes my opponent noticed and made good use of it, other times they missed it. But it still just drove me insane that I was playing so poorly. Moments like that just make me want to quit chess all together and makes me not excited at all to play my next game.

     

    How many times have you gotten so frustrated you thought about just giving the game up all together?

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #2

    ivandh

    It does get frustrating, just take a break. Don't sweat it. There's enough real bull to deal with.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #3

    xtophr1

    I'm considering it now. I just keep getting worse and worse.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #4

    Dargone

    I'm going to tell you what I did. I was spending a lot of time on chess a few months ago. Playing twice a week at the Las Vegas Chess Club, taking lessons, doing hours of tactics, etc. I definitely saw improvements; however, when I played in a tournament in California and only did okay I was devasted. Of course, I realized that a lof of the players in my section had no business playing that low (sandbaggers), however I'm digressing.

    I stopped completely and have only recently gotten interested again. Chess is game and is supposed to be fun. There is nothing wrong with simply having fun and not caring if you win or lose. It's a game and like the gentleman above stated, "there's enough real bull to deal with."

    I've decided that worrying too much about winning, losing or getting better is not for me. I've had a blast playing blitz, doing some casual studying and couldn't care less about my rating anymore.

    I'm going to play in the big tournament in Las Vegas this December and will be there for fun and to meet some good people. If I win a few games - awesome. If I lose them all - awesome.

    It's a game meant for fun. I think too many people take it far too seriously. Maybe my story will help you. Either way, best of luck.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #5

    ThrillerFan

    Games on here are meaningless.  I play experimental openings, and time controls are predominantly blitz.

    Over the board, at actual tournaments with real time controls, I've never considered outright quitting, but I have gone thru long stretches where I wouldn't play faster time controls.  I must have gone 3 years straight at one point where I wouldn't play anything faster than G/75 or G/90.  I get into time trouble all the time, and short time controls just tend to lower my rating.

    On here I'm upper 1600s.  On ICC I'm about 1850.  Again, who cares?  Over the board, I'm in the mid-2000s, trying to hit 2100 in the near future.  If my rating here fell to 1500, wouldn't make a damn difference.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #6

    ibeatkostic

    live by one rule here, play for fun. and to win. umm guess thats two.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #7

    Scottrf

    I'm glad someone admires Beck as much as me tubey, she's my hero.

    Perferred the old username though.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #8

    Casual_Joe

    xtophr1 wrote:

    I'm considering it now. I just keep getting worse and worse.

    I suspect that if you could just make sure to avoid blunders you'd increase your playing strength by 500 points instantly.  Before you make a move, check to see if your opponent has an obvious capture/check/fork etc.  Avoiding blunders is the #1 thing a beginner can do to improve.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #9

    Dargone

    Casual_Joe wrote:
    xtophr1 wrote:

    I'm considering it now. I just keep getting worse and worse.

    I suspect that if you could just make sure to avoid blunders you'd increase your playing strength by 500 points instantly.  Before you make a move, check to see if your opponent has an obvious capture/check/fork etc.  Avoiding blunders is the #1 thing a beginner can do to improve.

    Great advice. I think you are absolutely right and I know Dan Heisman agrees with you (not sure about a specific point amount of course). Keep your pieces safe and you can play an adequate game of chess. 

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #10

    xtophr1

    Thanks for the advice.

  • 20 months ago · Quote · #11

    happyfanatic

    Dargone wrote:

    Of course, I realized that a lof of the players in my section had no business playing that low (sandbaggers), however I'm digressing.

    What makes you think they were sandbaggers?


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