Is there a 3rd choice?
Yes. See post #14.
I suppose the notion of studying chess with a friend is depressing to some.
It's important to phrase all choices as binary, and irrevocable.
That keeps life simple for the (slightly) pinheaded OP.
With dozens of ways to improve your game, why post a binary choice? Duh?
I think you can learn a lot from playing someone you can beat easily.
by knowing why you can beat the other person, if you can see what errors lead to your victory. you may even realize some mistakes that you make yourself if the other person makes them even bigger.as a rule always try to players other +200always play people lower than you -200 or more to see that you can capitalize on their errors.
Thanks to all who answered my question appropriately and genuinely, and even offering new ideas of how to deal with my advantage (namely handicaps, I hadn't thought of that), though me playing a stronger player is simply not an option at my school team meetings as I can beat everyone consistently (HaHa, I know, you're probably thinking we're gonna suck, come tournament weekend, you're probably right, but chess is fun and improving as an individuals and a team is all that matters to us)
As for the following comment:
This is actually not true, I would love to teach and help my friends get better so we could at least have a small chance of getting a trophy at the tournament.
As for the following insults to me:
"It's important to phrase all choices as binary, and irrevocable.
That keeps life simple for the (slightly) pinheaded OP."
a completely unnecessary statement, considering I'm not a pinhead and can obviously handle more than 2 choices at once (how else would I still be a sane, functioning man), I just wanted to keep the thread title short.
"Ok, maybe the poor bast*rd needs a fourth choice. The top three lead to him taking his own life".
Why would you even say that, it's just plain stupid.
I just want to do the best I can to improve as a player. So either answer the question appropriately (I'm open to new suggestions, I just didn't want the thread title to be too long, and keep in mind playing better player is not an option in this situation) or just don't comment, seriously
Set your "open seeks" on plus and minus 150 points. That way you will at least get 5 rating points from the lowest rated players who accept.
If you want stronger opponents, choose their "open seeks," when possible. Nuff said?
Still a mighty dumb original question. Sorry.
It's not dumb, you just don't understand it. My question is regarding playing otb where internet is unavailable
If it's OTB and you have no internet, then what other choice do you have? Play chess or don't. That's simple!
If playing OTB then depending on your relationship with them, you can use it as a teaching aid or consider playing a handicap - eg time differential if you use clocks, or submit a piece - start with 3 pawns (eg a minor piece) and reduce the handicap as they beat you! (or increase if they can't)
And I'm too dumb to understand his original post.
Is there a cliff we can both jump off, together, @Tubester?
@rMr.Bob is apparently 14 years old. What does that make us? Bosom buddies on the edge of a cliff? Delightful.
We are not worthy, @Bob. More power to you!
The @Bobster is in his salad years. Still feeling his oats.
Any other mixed metaphors we might judiciously add?