This is slightly out off topic but worth noting... but generally chess players tend to do well after playing for several years. People who start competitively at a younger age 5- 14 generally tend to performing at high levels of play around 10 years. Those picking up the game later might take significantly longer to get it. I'm taking 20 years. Most of this is due to mental growth. Though this is generally speaking and you could very well be an exception having never actually playing the game. Starting late is hardly an excuse to never start at all considering while there have been extremely young prodigies of chess, the age bracket for professionals in chess can extend to a person's lifespan. I began attending tournaments when I was 14... 2 years after studying the game competitively. Chess basically popped for me in my 10th year as I began keeping up with experienced professionals.
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