First Post of Many to Come
In the last 8 months (and especially the last 3 weeks) chess has become a huge part of my life. For quite a while I was conflicted between whether or not to pursue it or Go. And that decision took a very long time indeed.
But I guess what made the difference was to look at it realistically. Chess is far more accessible for me, without spending a grand amount of money on it. Material on chess, mentors, clubs (active and fulfilling), books, and equipment are so much more easily accessible here where I live.
The other side to the coin still stands. Go would take considerably longer to get anywhere in. Not even going to explain that one.
I'm 23 now. I've was informed last summer that if I intended to go pro (in chess) it would take at least 5 years. That doesn't sound so bad. Realistic actually, with the demands of life and the needed study/play time. In my mind it's not a problem. Because I love chess.
Every moment I spend playing a game, doing tactics, studying theory, or even just thinking about the various things that come into play (like psychology) is a moment I enjoy. It feels so natural to think, live, and breath chess. I don't know why on earth I wasn't that into it before. I guess I was too caught up in conplications of my own life. But, without those very complications I would never have had the spontaneous moment to play with a complete stanger at city hall.
It feels like everything that happened, as it did, lead me to chess. Never saw that one coming! A pleasant life surprise. And now it's my turn to take that chance encounter and the spark of chess love, and turn it into something great.
I have a passion for this game. This war of minds. And I fully intend on going pro. It's just a matter of time.
Until study tomorrow, goodnight~