My Chess History
I can't remember who taught me to play chess, maybe I learned from a book, or someone at school taught me. I'd like to think it was my father. He had a small wooden chess set with intricately carved metal pieces. I remember playing periodically with my dad throughout my childhood. My dad wasn't very good and took a ridiculously long time to make moves. We had a few old chess books around the house, I remember looking through them and trying to play through some games, but at that time, it seemed too much like a textbook and I couldn't really get into it.
During college, I started playing chess more often with my best friend Will. He was much better than me, versed in openings and theory, we'd play 5 minute blitz games, most times he would stomp me. His favorite chess book was My System by Aron Nimzowitsch. I bought the booked, liked the writing, but again couldn't really get into it. At that time, I just liked to play for fun with Will, loosing most games and having no idea about openings, tactics, or strategy.
After college, I really didn't play chess for 15 years. Then, last Summer, Will told me he was playing on chess.com. I logged on and started playing some games. In a few days I was hooked. And I was finally ready to delve deeper into the game. I wanted to learn everything; the history, theory, tactics, strategy, openings, everything!
At thirty-six years old, I probably won't ever be a great chess player. Between work and family, there is a limited amount of time I can dedicate to the game. But, I think I can be a good chess player, I would even settle for average.
My goal in the next four months is to reach and play comfortably in the 1400+ range in Standard - Live Chess games. I'm currently around 1200 but have spent most of the past year playing Blitz games, which, I'm going to stop for a while as I frequently loose on time. Also after reflecting on the recent articles https://www.chess.com/article/view/get-better-at-chess-for-everyone-comparison by NM Dan Heisman, I need to spend more time thinking about my moves.