Compulsive Chess Games Getting In the Way of Life

What is your intent of playing chess? Sure we all like the game, otherwise we wouldn't be here.

But what is it that always makes you want to hit REMATCH or NEW GAME?

I have a rising concern addressing this issue. This is my story:

For me, I am constantly trying to improve my rating. Raiting is everything to me for some reason. I only play 3 minute games on LIVE because I don't like spending a long time waiting for people to make a move. Plus, if it is a bad game, I like the fact that I can play a rematch or play another game very quickly to redeem myself. Also, I never know if my opponent is using a chess engine to cheat. I choose 3 minute LIVE for all these reasons.

Quick rematches are awesome. And I can play dozens of games in a short period of time. However, this becomes a problem. I get extremely uncomfortable when my rating gets below 1400 and I feel like I have to to keep playing until I reach a more desirable rating. But the pressure and frustration invlolved with this makes me play worse and it can sometimes be difficult to climb back up the ladder. My rating usually stays within the 1400 - 1500 range. Every once in awhile I spike up to the 1500's ; I think my highest was a 1550 or something like that.

Sure, it feels nice to have a nice winning streak now and then and playing some strong games against touch opponents. We all love that feeling it gives us. But the feeling of NOT being ahead  and being below 1400 makes me feel so unsatisfied, and my day will legitimately change because I won't feel adequate. I feel failed, and inadequate. I think about it outside of thats how shitty it makes me feel.

I am studying Electrical Engineering at Kettering University and sadly, this problem I have gets in the way of my studies. After studying for a decent amount of time, I "reward" myself with some However, if I am not satisfied with my games, or my rating, I will NOT STOP playing until I am satisfied. This often entails me playing chess for hours, and well into the night, when I should be sleeping or studying.

I do realize that live chess is not the most accurate representation of ones chess strength. My learning from these game is minimal because unless it was a super awesome game, I almost never go back an analyze the game to identify my mistakes. I am just so compulsive, I need to go back and play another.

Outside of LIVE, I consider myself a decent player, I don't participate in tournaments or anything, but I am an active member in my school's chess club and usually hold my own pretty well. I am curious to see how accurate the rating system from is... If I were to start playing in some USCF tournaments, would my rating be close to what it usually is one


Do other people have this frustrating problem of compulsive games fo chess??


Please Share your Opinions


  • 3 years ago



    I found your message very relevant to me,

    Yes, this has been serious problem for me as well. I often ask myself what's the obsession with rating. I'm trying to understand the nature of the addiction and the processes in the brain. I really think the brain gets addicted to the rush and the chemical interactions that take place.

    Not too sure what the solution is? Quit, for good? I don't know.

    Best regards,



  • 3 years ago


    I'm not sure about the USCF rating, but I believe that the rating is inflated by about 350 points compared to the world Elo rating. If you are talking about the online rating then you also have to remember that in online chess you have some three days to make a move and no visualisation skills are needed due to the analysis board. So if you are a below average visualiser (as I am) then that would also depress your rating in over-the-board chess.

    As for the compulsion to get back on top. I have that too (to a degree), and the more I play after a string of losses, the worse I play. There must be a moral there somewhere... maybe quit while you are behind.

    A related topic is that a blunder in speed chess often leads not to careful play but to another blunder. Maybe the annoyance of making the first blunder pushes one to play too quickly.

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