Hey all, just a quick first comment or two for this blog and in this new year. I just started playing chess again after a LONG hiatis. It's been pretty fun for the most part. I seem to be playing aroung a mid 1300 level here on chess.com. Not too amazing, obviously, but guess it could be worse. I'm hoping to get myself up to 1500 or so by the end of the year. Does that sound realistic?
To this point I only have one real complaint about some of the people I've been playing. I don't understand why some people refuse to resign a game even when they're clearly going to loose. I'm not talking about being behind a couple pawns and a little position, but when at or very near end-game and being behind by a rook or such. A game is lost at that point (unless you're playing a complete novice who throws away 5 point pieces for no reason). Why go on? Is it to practice end-game tactics even when behind? I guess I could accept this. Just seems a bit anoying sometimes though.
More on me, random thoughts on chess and life, etc coming throughout 08 hopefully. Best to ya all!
P.S. I design and build furniture (and teach) for a living. The pic here is one of my pieces from last year.