"Do you still play chess yourself?"
"Do you still play chess yourself?" This is the question I get the most when meeting chess fans, colleagues or other people at top tournaments when I'm reporting there for Chess.com.
The answer is: sometimes.
I hardly play tournaments these days but I do try to play as many games as possible for my club Caïssa/Eenhoorn (Hoorn, the Netherlands), which usually comes down to 6-7 games per season, which runs September-April. We're talking about the Dutch league.
Somehow, nobody ever asks me: Do I still play decent games?
The answer would be: sometimes. Once, every five years or so?
In my last game, played on 25 November, for the first time in years I played a game that is worth showing. A game that I enjoyed playing, and showing to others.