Why do you want to be good at chess ?

ESP-918

Or simply improve, why do you need it? What's your motive?

ilusmte

Because I want to understand the games played by higher rated players.............

ESP-918

ilusmte wrote:

Because I want to understand the games played by higher rated players.............

Good answer, as long as it's honest . Waiting for others..

ESP-918

BISHOP_e3

I want to practice reading my opponents mind 

DragonPhoenixSlayer

I think it's natural to want to improve at something  you invest a lot of time into and enjoy doing.

KeSetoKaiba

For chess specifically, I simply have several friends better than me. Some of them I have never won in a game of chess against; being "worse" than someone (or several people) in a competitive environment is quite the motivator to improve. By no means am I feeling direct peer pressure (some of these people do not even know of my current attempts to improve at chess), but certainly being the worst player in a group does wonders for sparking motivation towards improving. By no means do I consider myself a "bad chess player" (although my rating is somewhat humbling compared to others), but of course I still strive to reach the level of these elite few in this "group." Isn't that at least a bit funny? I have no desire to be some world champion for chess, but I do strive to reach levels I am not yet at - at what level satisfies this? I wonder what reasons others have for playing chess? 

GraduallyBlunders
I wanna get girls attention
ichiro_bloodmoon

Because I enjoy the game of Chess. I find it to be an amazing game. I want to get better and understand more aspects of the game so that I can be able to teach family and friends who don't play or know or understand the game the basic gist's and ideas and concepts of the game and maybe bring them to begin playing Chess. Hard to do that when I need to get better myself.

Waredude
To become a GM, travel the world and meet amazing people, teach other people, and maybe make some money.
NihilDesperandum

I have understood at 48 years old that my memory isn't good as I was young. So I am playing chess to train my brains. And because I like it.

Why I want to be a better player? I like win.

cottonsock
....... because I wanna be the next World Champion.
breakingbad12

It just feels good to be good at something. Maybe it's a futile answer, but that's my reason lol

torrubirubi
It began because I was teaching beginners the basics in chess, and I wanted to understand better the game to improve the lessons. With the time I began to have fun winning against most weak players. Now I want to win against the better ones.
GMAbhishekpodishetty

yes

Waredude
What?