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Hey, adorable...don't think for one second that I believe you are not "full of horse feathers".
Afterall, I did think that you were Haywood back when you were pretending to be a kid. You did that with such...such...aplomb!
I never pretended to be a kid or given any age other than my real one (30) on this site. This is another assumption of yours just like you assumed I was Haywood. Also, what's with your discouraging comment that "most chess players won't improve much". That is not a truism, and it's like you're trying to convince people not to try and get better. An IM told me that we are ALL capable of massive increases in chess skill, no matter what our current ELO levels or ages. And yes, I know what you said is not about people being capable but about actually achieving it, however, I still don't see the point of making such a negative statement, especially considering that you are probably one of those people who had the privelege of learning chess at a young age. You don't know what's it like to learn chess as an adult and have to deal with everyone saying "you can't do this, you're too old to be good at this." Instead you probably had the opposite, you probably had your parents there every step of the way encouraging you saying "you're getting better, you can be a GM just put your mind to it". So someone like yourself who had all that encouragment is now discouraging other people? People can become strong chess players learning as adults, there's more than enough proof in this thread to confirm that. And most chess players WILL get a lot better no matter who they are, as long as they keep playing.
started playing tournament chess somewhat regularly at 21 and gained 900 ELO since then achieved NM at 25. of course you can improve a lot in adulthood. i think there is a lot to be gained by playing through the games of great attacking players and of course reviewing your own completed games on your own, checking it against a masters db and then against an engine. if you can use the initiative well, your opponents usually will eventually crack under pressure and you can progress quickly. i feel when you play aggressive chess you can create more chances for yourself than you would otherwise. fight for those squares! :-) [imagine your pieces exerting a force field of control and strive to increase it or at least preserve it - transform it to your advantage!]
Great points, adorable. I have every bit of faith that you will overcome your chess neurosis and improve a couple hundred points...just keep on truckin'.
Also, I thought this was you, but it must have been someone else. My profuse apology. I hope that you won't be requesting me to return the trophy you gave me.
>>Also, whenever I lose I get angry. Once when I lost an online game, I threw a plastic cup against the wall and overturned a wooden chair. My mom came in and asked "what was that noise?" and I shouted "Leave me alone!" <<
Thank you for yet another comment that shows people can improve significantly as adults.
Someone's mom being in the same house as them doesn't mean they're a kid, now does it?
I like you, so I want you to keep your trophy, and I may even give you another one sometime. I just think the comment about "most chess players won't improve" is annoying, discourgaing, and most of all, wrong.
And if I do keep playing I can improve more than just "a couple hundred points", I already went from 800 to 1474 in this year alone. And this is a real 1474 rating since my average opponent ELO is also in the 1400s. Furthermore it's a live standard rating. Where is your live standard rating?
Consider this, I have not read one chess book yet, nor have I studied any GM games. I think when I actually read my first chess book on positional strategy (such as My System or Reassess your Chess) I'll probably improve "a couple hundred points" just from that alone.
Well, truth be told...I like you, too.
When I just said I have confidence that you can increase your rating a few hundred points, you do know that I was just "pulling your chain"?
Also, I do not believe that players can't improve. However, what is the average chess rating...1200? The thing is, it takes a great amount of time, dedication, study and play to advance to higher levels. Most chess players are not that committed.
Roll your sleeves up and work up a sweat at studying chess and developing a killer attitude...maybe then I'll believe that you are serious about the game.
well guess what. even if you "improve" ? "a couple hundred points" ? you will still be a zero? have you ever considered that possibility?
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