Coming Back to Chess

Mar 16, 2012, 8:58 AM |

Hello everyone!  It's been nearly three years since my last blog post!  (Life goes by so quickly!)  Chess used to be my entire focus in life; I didn't want to do any extracurricular activities or do any homework because I loved chess so much.  My rating was very important to me; I would stress after every bad tournament in dread of how many points it would decrease.  I think I've come to a more balanced point in my life since then.  I still enjoy chess, but it's not my all-consuming passion that it once was.  Instead of a passion, chess has become more of an amusing hobby to me.  I no longer care about the soundness of moves anymore...I sacrifice and gambit just to add a little spice to the game.  After all, it doesn't really matter in the scheme of things whether or not you win or lose!  Chess is meant to be a fun game, so why not let loose a little bit?

So last Saturday, I participated in the State Championship, even though I hadn't played more than a few games of chess the entire year.  I was able to tie for first and qualify for the Denker Tournament of Champions held this summer.  In this game, I decided to play an old favorite of mine: the Blackmar-Diemer Gambit.  Sure, it's not sound, but it's really fun to play and chances are, you'll know it better than your opponent who will have to refute it OTB.