I work for a Global company and travel a lot and work odd hours so haven't been able to play OTB chess for ten years. Was shown this site by a friend, it is a godsend, but too addictive. Have now returned to OTB chess but rating performances are still fluctuating badly
I'm married with three children, two adult and one teenager. Other recreations are music and Arsenal football club. Learned from Dad when 8; played a lot when Fischer -Spassky was on but never studied. In '78 I read my first chess book (my Dad's) just for something to read and got hooked, just as I was doing my final university exams, great timing. I won ratings restricted tnments at provincial and county level early on but after that have played for fun and enjoyed the social scene.
I played divs 1-7 for three clubs. Have had ratings 1400 up to 1900 and back again and have been club captain/secretary etc. Coached the underage county champions one year also. I am hopeless at allegro finishes but tnments with adjrnmts are rare here. Turnbased allows a better standard of chess I think, using book/dbases during an ongoing game you absorb more. I never had the discipline to study and analyse after the game otb, rather hit the bar for a Guinness. The ability to use the analysis board or a set compared to doing it mentally allows an ordinary club player like me to compete better. Another benefit is if you're tired or lacking in ideas in a specific position you don't have to make a move just wait a day or so. On the other hand I understand those players who just can't maintain interest in such a slow game, preferring the challenge of staying focused for three-four hours at a time.
On a non chess topic here's a video someone made to one of my favourite songs. The irony over over analysing a song about over analysing is interesting to me, the idea that someone would make the syllables in the lyrics to match a mathematical sequence is even better. What can I say, I had some acid like that once. Musicians among you will notice rhe video author doesn't quite understand what a time signature is but it's a provoking thought about the beat.
I like sharp tactical positions, hence getting bewildered...
opening line from the song
Black then white are all I see ...clearly it's about chess
"With my feet upon the ground I lose myself
between the sounds and open wide to suck it in,
I feel it move across my skin.
I'm reaching up and reaching out,
I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been."
Here's a tough game with many pieces en prise for both sides for several moves..I'm just learning how to use this facility being a 20th century type of person. I'll add annotations to some favourite games later and post them.