Getting Bored of Chess and what to do as a Teenager

JBarryChess wrote:

I have found that worrying about your rating can suck the fun out of chess. Just play to win and relax.


Brain wrote:
11 It’s very unlikely to make millions with sports. Chess can also potentially pay millions, but it’s also extremely unlikely

It is so much more unlikely for chess to have big money compared to traditional sports. For starters just compare prize money

654Psyfox wrote:
GreenDuck5 wrote:

Also, stop disrespecting Levy @655Psyfox


You drove your Chevy to the Levy but the Levy was dry?

CharlestonViennaGambit wrote:

Gotham is the Goat! GG!

Especially with his goatee

KeSetoKaiba ha scritto:
tygxc wrote:

"trying to get 1500 by the end of the year"
++ That is a modest goal. 1500 is a matter of blunder checking before moving. That's funny. 1500 takes WAY more than just blunder-checking. (...) To call most 1500 moves "blunders" seems too harsh to me. 

I confess that I didn't put in a lot of effort to improve ( not for lack of will, but for lack of time ). However, even though I am light years away from @tygxc 's level, I too think that this particular assumption of his, put in this way, not better explained, is an extreme simplification, totally alien to the reality of the things.

First of all, it is evident that a 1500 player has a certain complex vision of the game, which is not matured simply by being careful not to leave hanging pieces or not to miss a trivial fork.

Secondly, even dwelling only on the blunders... Blunders are mainly due to two factors:

1) Distractions. Many mental activities, even extremely complex ones, allow for momentary distractions that do not affect their performance, in any way. Playing chess, on the other hand, consists of a single, repetitive mental activity, always the same, move after move ( evaluate, calculate, decide ; evaluate, calculate, decide; and so on ) that must be performed many times in a row : and here, getting distracted for a moment is fatal. And it is not at all easy to develop this skill. Probably also this ability to "close oneself in a bubble", isolating oneself from the world outside that of the chessboard for the duration of the game, makes the difference, with the same effort, between those who succeed better than others in chess.

2) The psychological aspect of competition. Everyone here is competitive, more or less (otherwise we wouldn't be playing chess); But being competitive doesn't mean you can stand up to the competition. Many suffer from competition, in the sense that comparing oneself to others causes interference with those mental mechanisms involved in the game, decreasing their efficiency, in spite of all the efforts made. This aspect also has a big impact on the results obtained.

All this just to reaffirm that the assumption "don't do blunders and you'll easily get to 1500" is absolutely simplistic, in my humble opinion. The factors at play that allow or prevent you from reaching that level are many, and much more complex.

I may be wrong, but from the bottom of my poor chess level, I see it this way.


Hey, thanks guys I appreciate the responses I read every single one of them and it helped a lot. If you have any more advice feel free. Especially to any really good players out there how long would you say it took to get really good?


It took me about a year and a half to get to 2100 getting above that is a little harder the trick is making good players play like 800 elo


a decade


The truth is I'm just getting started and it's true how difficult it is to overcome some barriers.


Don't waste your youth on games, but instead develop a trade, electrician, welder, engineer, or a trade school degree while also in high school will help you immensely. A two year community college degree for a real job, in the feilds mentioned, just don't pick up a degree that is for the sake of saying I got a degree like graphic arts or gender studies, art, etc...

long_quach wrote:


Take a break from chess. It will be there whenever you want to get back to it. Chess is not going anywhere.

Quite right. Omnia tempus habent. I learned the basics of chess as a child, started to chase skirt (and to drink) in my teens, is since married, divorced, father and grandfather and still playing chess.

detroitlions8 Join my tournament which a grandmaster is streaming at 1:30! We should get up to 64 players. Thank you and see ya then!


i get bored of chess too but dad pays for tournaments and coaches so i have to do it. i like bjj and football more