Getting Back Into The Game!
I started playing chess when I was 6 years old. My brother was 4. Our dad learned us how to play and we joined a chess club. We quickly found out that we had a knack for this game and we started playing more and more.
Because of our young age we drew quite some attention when we started entering tournaments. We won local tournaments, school tournaments and more. By then, the press had also taken an interest in us, newspaper articles, radio interviews and even an appearance on a national tv talkshow followed.
When we got older we lost interest, other... things... caught our attention and chess became less and less appealing to us. In hindsight, it was a good thing: 10-year old kids need to play outside and worry about other things than complex chess games!
I played some occasional games now and then, but never serious, until about six years ago I attended my old chess club again because my nephew was interested in playing there and we tagged along. I played 3 rapid chess games against 3 very good club competition players there and I won 2 out of 3. That was fun, especially because I was totally unprepared and just sat down and played.
A couple of weeks ago one of my co-workers told me he likes to play chess in his spare time and we talked about his games and his style of play and the more we talked the more I felt the need to play a game of chess.
So I downloaded some turn-based chess apps for my iPhone and started playing, now I signed up for an account here and I feel so at home now, even after an hour in here and after playing 2 games of chess! Wow!
Of course, maybe it's also the feeling of being a child again that draws me to the game, I must admit that when I play sometimes, I feel like that small kid again that needed a cushion on the seat to play properly :-) A bit weird, but it also feels kinda great. It's like reading an old X-men comic, it takes me back to a wonderfull time where I felt so happy. Don't get me wrong, I'm very happy now too but... happy in a different way. Probably not making any sense.
Anyway, glad to be here, hope I get to learn a lot and have fun here. And to make my brain work too! Also signed up for a local rapid tournament here that takes place in a couple of weeks. I hope they don't kill me :-)
Peace, Renato from the Netherlands.