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Any adult that spends his time improving chess is neglecting something more important in life to do so.It's a game. For kids. And for some adults that suffer the right combination of arrested development and savantism.
Adults playing game for entertainment ... fine.Studying to get better ? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA FOOLS>
How ridiculous! Adults spent time learning musical instruments, studying foreign languages, hiking and backpacking and at other hobbies, without neglecting other parts of their lives. And, studying chess has the added benefit of developing the brain.
Everyone here knows you are right. Don't feed the troll. He doesn't respect the game, yet spends much time on a chess website. What does that tell you about his psychological status. (Rhetorical question, hence the period, so let's leave it at that.)
Like 16 years-old?
Something like that, though I'd assume 17 is more likely.
Thanks for contributing. Do you have a name you can share so I can add him to my list?
Wow, nice one. Do you have any links or references? The FIDE site only goes back 2000.
to be fair, such a player may have been a natural and may never have hit a plateau. GM Bryan Smith was like that. I think he learned chess around 14 years old, but he somehow had an incredible talent for it and zoomed right up to master+ level
I know a guy who learnt Chess at like 16 and became an IM at age 35.His rating at his peak was around 2450+.Even Axel Smith and Jonathan Hawkins were barely 2100 at age 20 and both of them are GM now.I believe it's possible for anybody to reach atleast 2300.
I just remembered one more case.The Bangladeshi Woman player Hamid Rani.Who started playing Chess in 1981 at age 37 and touched 2000 quite fast.She even peaked at 2200+She has been maintaining her 2000 rating despite her age.
Music and the other things you mentioned are not solipsistic pursuits like chess.Chess does not develop the brain in any helpful or meaningful way. Maybe you stop saying silly things that come out of a chess marketing brochure if you want to gain some intellectual capital in this area.One of us has studied the human brain neurologically and scientifically 30+ years. Hint: It's not you.
richie_and_oprah, thanks for contributing your opinion on the value of chess. Now please stick to the thread's topic or you'll get blocked.
recent posts by narrow minded trolls are a disgrace on this thread...
chess does help the aging brain and is great therapy for those of us in midlife; as someone who struggles with the long term after effects from a brain tumour I know for certain that chess (and other mental exercises) help me on a daily basis. I am an adult improver in chess, whether I am inspirational is up to someone else to decide. We should not set a narrow set of guidelines on this by ELO alone; we are individuals with different abilities and struggles. The measure for me is that chess helps my brain conquer my daily struggles with concentration and memory. These are more important than any tournament statistic. So do not insult me or anyone else by belittling us because we are not in the top 10% of chess players.
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