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Well JG27Pyth that certainly is clear enough. However you didn't say anything about why you prefer studying over playing, might be interesting for other visitors to this thread.
Only thing that comes close to playing (for me) is solving puzzles, and thats because the thrill of immediate discovery is there with out the pressures of playing - or in spite of its not being there?
Thanks for the post Splitleaf. Yes there are a fair number of people who love to to Chess puzzles, indeed each issue of Chess Life carries several puzzles for those who like to solve them.
Right now studying is more fun because I can feel myself growing as a chess player. Playing is also fun because I can see the chess growth in action (or how much more I need to improve still!).
Thanks for the post KingsEye. The items from the question seem to be at 1A and 1b for you, sounds good.
As I mentioned on the previous page I've got the Chessmaster CD downloaded into my PC, at last. I've played a number of Games against my PC recently and it gives comments at the end of the Game which is helpful. Mind you I still have to read thru the 52 page booklet that comes with Chessmaster so that I can learn to use all of the features that come with it.
I think it depends a lot on your mood at the time, or at least on MY mood at the time.
Thanks for the post Nimzoroy. That is a very good point as one may not always feel like playing a serious Game of Chess. In my case I often like to work a bit with Crossword Puzzles while I'm having Breakfast ( & not yet wide awake and ready for Chess ).
Recently I obtained a copy of the December issue of " Chess Life " which contained a review of an newly released book. Judit Polgar has written a book entitled " How I Beat Fischer's Record " ( she became a GM at age 15 years & 4 months, about I month ahead of Fischer's age ). This is the first volume of a series to be called " Judit Polgar Teaches Chess " and sounds quite interesting.
I love them both, but I have to give the edge to playing. I just care about the positions a lot more when they are my positions. The intensity and uncertain nature of playing are what add a dramatic touch to what you do when you study chess. I think it's interesting to test what you know as compared to what you can actually execute when the time calls for it.
Ironically, I study more than I play.
Thanks for the post Elubas. I'm testing my Chessmater course to see if it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks ( Hmmm, I should put that line on my " Oldtimers " thread ).
Earlier today I spotted a new thread entitled " How to ( really ) get better at Chess, what they aren't telling you ". This seemed to be an interesting title so I read the posts in that thread and I found some good info on studying Chess etc ( quite a good thread, really ).
Believe it or not...."studying" is more effective. Especially for the beginning part of the game. All the other requirements just come naturally after playing alot of games.
Thanks for the post Orchard_littlejoe. I still like to play the most, mind you I should study more ( no doubts there ).
As anyone can see by checking my rating I mainly like to play ( & as a few People have pointed out to me lol ). However some folks love to study Chess including also the puzzles. But in my case all I can say is: let the Games begin ! ( & the fun also ).
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