We must stay motivated during these challenging times

We must stay motivated during these challenging times


OK, now this is not a command. If you are not a big chess enthusiast and this situation does not affect you very much as far as chess goes, then good for you.  This message is directed at many of my readers who partake over the board tournaments/meetings on a regular basis, and many of those are obviously shut down.

I don't know how COVID is treating you wherever you live. I don't claim to be an expert on the topic. I will say that here in Texas, things seemed to be stabilizing but once the economy opened back up, cases started rising. I had two tournaments (tentatively) planned for July when things looked like they were getting back on track, but I doubt I will be doing them at the rate this evil monster is dominating our lives.

The truth is no one knows what is going to happen in the future. I would love to say "Ah, we'll be back playing OTB chess in 2-3 months" or whatever, but in reality, we don't know anything. We probably won't have clarity on much anything until a vaccine is made available, and who knows when that will be.

I've mentally prepared myself for the fact that I may not play a move in an over the board chess tournament until 2021... I'm not saying that's definitely the case, everything is unpredictable... but sometimes we just have to accept what may be. 

If you've read this far, you're now at the motivation part! If you're sitting here pouting and simply waiting for the next OTB tournament to open up, you may be disappointed. In the meantime, we are very fortunate that chess as a game is unaffected because of the advanced technology we have access to today. You can still play online, solve puzzles, online lessons, etc etc. 

It may not be the same as real tournaments, but try to find some similar motivation for your online chess endeavors. That may be trying to get your Chess.com rapid rating to an all-time high, breaking your puzzle rush high score, or maybe finishing a certain place in an online tournament (there are LOTS of opportunities believe me! ). 

Also, if you are a part of a regular OTB club who has been affected, try organizing online tournaments and events! I've been running the online presence of the Waco Chess Club, and we are participating in a league for other chess clubs with in-person outreaches. It's been a blast, and I hope there is a second season! Before that, we were doing online tournaments, and probably will afterward. You can even be creative... like I don't know, some fun knockout tournament? Maybe an event reflecting the Magnus Carlsen Invitational? The options are limitless!

I hope you got something out of this. If you have any chess activities you think I should look into, I'd be happy to look into it! Feel free to leave a comment and send me a friend request! I just don't want comments about COVID-19 unless it's something general like "Yeah, I hope things get better" or "Agreed, things aren't looking good, though we can get through this!". This is because I know people who swear by their opinions on this issue and I don't need those in my comments section

Though with that said, stay safe... I will see you for another blog post very soon!