Saturday, September 8, 2012

How Long we are still beginners


It's shameful at first. I have been playing chess for 10-9 years. I've beaten some and lost to some. Lots of experience at loosing. It wasn't till earlier this year I decided to by a fundamental chess book. Of course "The amateurs mind" by Jeremy Silman. That's right..."Amateur"

Player skill level have always been somewhat of an interesting reality to me. Most of us have a great amount of technical skill or knowledge but we are still amateurs. Once we sit down develop a fundamental through either lessons, or books we realize not so much where we stand but where we don't stand.

It's both intimidating but humbling at the same time. It's intimating because once we are initially introduced to our loopholes, the journey to going from novice to intermediate level is extremely intimating. We want to just be good. It seems overwhelming how many tactics most top players posses as reflex. "Basic stuff". "Oh I didn't know that...".

The humbling side is once you start learning the basics... you generally begin to appreciate the game at a much more inspiring level. Learning the basics become addicting and exciting. Read a chess book. Taking one concept at a time regardless of how minuscule it may seem and play a few friendly games till you fully grasp this element and incorporate it as if's a reflex like breathing. Most of these are technical execution.

What's really amazing about this is I'd say in anything you do 60% of the people involved do not posses a solid basic foundation making them exploitable. In the process of learning you'll probably loose quite a few games but you're precision will increase. Once you have mastered the foundation the game tends to pop and you start destroying opponents "noobs" playing at a super high caliber level. You are only a master of the basics... but you are very strong. It's worth the time and effort.

Really the point is whatever you do, do it one small part at a time. Trying to do everything at once will only create an elaborate mess to clean up.

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