16860 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
Hi folks, I've been playing chess for a long time. Never been too competitive but had 1600 rating at some point. Mainly playing 15 to 20 min games. Then I had a few years break and when I started again, somehow I could never recover. My chess sucks big time. I've been hovering around 1200. I used to be able to come up with combinations but now I feel I'm pretty hopeless. Has age has anything to do with the way your thinking process works ? How can I bounce back?
From your post I don't see how your decline has anything to do with age. If you stop doing any skill for years then when you start up again you can't expect to be as good at it as you were before.
I agree. I stopped playing chess for years. When I got back to it, I still had the basic skills. I could still win against most of the patzers whom I played (and, I'm not bragging...I wouldn't have been able to beat anyone half-way good).
But...I had to regain board vision, stop all the blundering, re-learn a lot of the things that I had forgotten...as well as plenty of new things.
And...I keep getting better. I put in the work, 2-4 hours per day. Study, tactics, playing.
My opinion is that unless someone is suffering from a malady...such as dementia...the processes may slow down a bit, but by oiling the machine, it can be up and running again.
I'll be 70 next year. This is my opinion now. Ask me again in 10 years, providing that I outlive the actuarial table...I may have a different answer. Or, maybe I won't even understand the question. But, more than likely...I'll probably play better than I do today...with another 10 years of study and practice under my belt. lol
Thanks for the positive comment. I must admit I have lost some skills I had but I didn't think it would be that bad. Also I have noticed players are much better these days. I dare to say that players at 1300 now are not the same players as 1300 decade ago. They seem much stronger.
Cause you are getting senile like me--a little worse each year. And no, you cannot get back what you lost by practice. Practice only slows down the deterioration.
[my guess--not trying to downgrade you]
Here's another positive thought...
When I was young and playing chess, I was a respectably capable player. Not top draw...no brag here...but better than most of the chess players that I would encounter. Of course, there was no internet then. So, there were not all that many.
And, I did read a lot of chess books. No one taught me a darn thing, either.
Be that all as it may...I either had to go to school or work, and usually both. So, my time at "paying my dues" was sereverely limited.
Now, in retirement, I can spend virtually as much time at chess as I wish. And...no...I'm not obsessed about it (although, perhaps that is debateable...lol).
The point is: young...comparatively very little time; old...lotsa time.
This does have a bearing on getting better at the game and it offsets a lot of the "young and nimble" stuff.
What I've said is just my own experience. Others may differ. A lot of really bad, old chess players were also really bad young players. Just saying. lol
One thing that is a positive about getting older [and maybe losing some memory and spatial] is that you will probably retain and increase your chess knowledge.
How Long Will Anand Stand?
by ilulzmetuna 6 minutes ago
by TwoMove 7 minutes ago
Why Magnus Carlsen is so overrated?
by DjonniDerevnja 10 minutes ago
Players which dont resign in absolutelly lost positions
by Citadel371 12 minutes ago
Millionaire Chess 2!!
by 0ktagon 13 minutes ago
Chess Variant Competitions
by MSC157 13 minutes ago
by RouteToGM 15 minutes ago
2/11/2016 - Casas-Piazzini, Buenos Aires 1952
by QR4mate 20 minutes ago
by LeBellman 25 minutes ago
Vintage circa 1890s British Chess Company Set used at Hastings Chess Congress
by cgrau 30 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2016 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!