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Yes, the eternal battle between the factions of Tough Love and Child Protective Services rages on.
I'd have said, "Mom, dad, I want to make a living playing chess."
Mom would have replied, "Good for you."
Dad would have said, "People in hell want ice water."
.......AND make sure you talk about the loaner which you will repay as soon as you win some big money in tournaments, so you can pay for the child delivery, etc.
If you were a young, 1350 ELO player, who decided you were going to launch your career as a chess superstar and start studying really hard right now, what would you say to your parents and what would they probably think about it?
'chess superstar' sounds like the enthousiasm of youth! Being young you have studies, career, girlfriends, mates etc to interrupt your dream to be a chess superstar. As yet you don't have a chess career. First get a good day job then a family then become a chess superstar. It is okay for chess prodigies but are you really in that class?
what I have said maybe what your parents will say when you break the news to them...think about it!
Liar! I did not write that! NimzoRoy
I would say, "Mom, Dad, all my decisions were bad in the past, but this time I know I can make a living of becoming a top notch chess player, I bought this giant chess set to pratice. So lets sell the house to fund my dream. My Dad would then say, 'I'll keep the box in case we need a home".
Start by saying that you are going to join a hippie commune, give away all of your money, and move to Northern California.
Then tell your folks that you will be making a living as a professional chess player and that each win will earn you more leaves in your peace pipe.
That way, with a graduated build up that involves alternative lifestyle, your folks will be shocked to the least possible degree. A back up supply of sedatives for them is still highly recommended. It's better to err on the side of safety.
Hey! That sounds like the story of my life - except I didn't intentionally give away all my money, nor did I ever get good enuff to become a professional chess player...oh well never mind...
I told them that I wanted to be a chess player and get a grandmaster title. Dad said it would just be a hobby! I'm going to go against that!
First you break the really bad news to them. Then let them think it over about 3,4 minutes. Then you say "Just kidding! I'm not actually gay. I'm just a professional chess player!"
"And the part about mating with other guys' Kings is just a game, Dad; we get paid if we win."
Not sure if serious. I never even considered going pro before I won my first Russian junior Championship. Usually there is no need to tell. Once you are able to make a decent living off your chess earnings, the "confession" comes naturally.
Break it to them by taking them to dinner at an elite restaurant on your winnings, and driving them home in the car you bought with your winnings, and telling them they won't have to send you CARE packages or slip you $50 any more, 'cause from here on in you are rolling with Magnus and Vasily and staying at hotels where you don't have to bring your own toilet paper.
First you better start whippin every chess player within a 50 mile radius that is not a titled player. Get a job.... enough to pay for your books and etc, be independent. Come up with a back up plan, not saying you may fail but it may take longer than expected to reach this goal. Also you might find that may not like being that as much as you thought after your at that point.
That is when your parents will take you serious. When it is not costing them any money or your taking as much as possible on your shoulders and no matter you still will have a future.
Don't think of it, it's a long way to go even if you study hard. And by the time you reach the GM level (if you ever do, no offence) you have to afford the consequences of your decision.
And many of the titled players seem to be like 24-hours devoted to chess, but they do have a profession besides chess. And I agree with bladezii, it's only about the lucky few whose names we have heard on the top boards.
lucky? Never saw that in my chess book.
Man hate to play a lucky player that would really stink. I think i will ask my next couple opponents are they lucky which can save me a lot of time and i resign move 1. ....... I just been looking for that in the index of my books to find out how to get become lucky or beat a luck player. Any books on that?
You should have got the point, man.
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