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Hi! I'm 16 and I've only just become aware of the subtelties of Chess. I have been reading through this forum and have been seeing that children around the ages of 10 become aware of things such as Castling and En Passant. Have I kind of passed the age where I'll become awesome at Chess, or is there still hope?!
Former World Champion Tigran Petrosian learned at the late age of 13
They said that about Skywalker.
It depends on what you mean by "awesome"
If you mean will i become a world champion? Then probably no. If you mean can i become a master? Then yes as long as youre willing to put in the time and effort.
If youre looking to become a competitive tournament chess player, then absolutely yes!
I don't understand the belief that it's impossible or even significantly more difficult to do something, like become awesome at chess, if you are starting a little late. At 16, the only things you're to old to do are crawl into small spaces and suffocate yourself with plastic bags.
You won' become a world champion, but you can become a very strong player, provided that you will work hard.
Doesn't he have the same chances as anyone else?
Vishy has claimed that currently if you are not already a GM at 14-15, then you can forget about being world champion.
That is for now- himself became an IM at 15.
Well you need to start beating me before you're a master, Tom ;)
there is hope my friend. but if you want to get strong just message me
One of greatest chess geniuses, Akiba Rubinstein, started learning chess at the age of 16.
Who knows, you too may start giving simuls soon!
By awesome I assume you mean becoming an Expert or Master. Not to dicourage you, but if you are not an Expert (USCF 2000) by age 25, you probably will not get to be a Master (USCF 2200) or above, the chances of getting that high are remote. Still play though, it`s a great game.
you are never too old to become awesome at chess
but that would depend on the persons talent and ability i guess it depends on the person :D
Remember, Van Gogh started painting at the age of 28.Anyhow, why play to be better? I think that just ruins the whole feeling and atmosphere of the game.I'd rather loose in a very interesting game that makes me think rather than spending hours a day memorizing patterns and all that.I've never read a single book about chess, nor have I analyzed any of my or others' game to be better.I know I'm a bad player, but that's fine that way.Just play for fun and your own entertainment.This is a game, after all. Don't stress it.
I am so glad you and others like you exist; at least II`m guaranteed winning those games. Thanks, guys. Keep playing for fun!
You're a douche, be proud of it.
I'm definitely with GnrfFtzl. It's never too late to enjoy chess.
I will never be a master but I enjoy watching the chess world championship much more than most sports. With other sports you will learn some strategy and get to see it in action but you are very limitted. With chess you never stop learning.
I have been in freshwater bass tournaments and "play to win". It`s not all luck. My point is that I often tactics/strategies that seem actually dull and boring but they put fish in the livewell. I "fish for fun" and experiment with different lures when not in a tournament. The guys who love to experiment in a tournament usually end up with no fish in the livewell. You fishermen who compete should get my point. Does that make me a " douche" as one of my critics said?
Maybe. The problem is the issues of IQ. and having a "special talent" for the game. Most of us don`t have it. People have to be realists about what we can do. Understand this, grasshopper, and move on.
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