Professional or Amateur?


What better way is there to tell apart an amateur from a professional than by setting up a blitz game where neither player knows what to expect? Or, in a game between amateurs, what better way is there to prove which player is stronger?

This is often the case when setting up a random game in live chess: you don’t know who you’re going to play, and, you don’t have much time to think about what game plan or strategy to adopt. In a few words, preparation is very limited and the only advice or information to rely upon is your own judgement and chess experience.

Unfortunately, chess has a language and a mind of its own, and the amateur may find it difficult to keep up while remaining true to his nature. So, what is it that differentiates a professional from an amateur, or a stronger player from a weaker player, without speaking a single word?

The answer to me is getting more and more obvious but, I just can NOT  accept that another 20 minutes of my life would simply translate as (0-1). In fact, for an amateur (1-0) or (0.5-0.5) is not much of a consolation either. What would be more appropriate is the following statement translated into the chess language: Unless my 40 year old brain wants something more… like serious competition, then I would call this game... Retire My Ass!!