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June 13, 2017

Once upon a time I was a pretty decent chess player. You know, for a kid. After high school I even spent some time getting a little serious, going to some tournaments, reading books, etc. I didn’t set the world on fire or anything, but I did get to that point where I can beat pretty much anyone who hasn’t studied chess at least reasonably seriously pretty much every time. (Those that have studied, well, that’s a different story. . . .)

Last week, for some reason, I was hit with a strong urge to take chess up again, in a real way.

I’ve played a few games here or there in the 15+ years since my last tournament. Mainly online, where chess is thriving lately. But my reincursions never lasted more than a few months, if that.

This time, the bug’s so strong I already joined the US Chess Federation and signed up for a tournament next month. I’ve bought fancy chess software and devised study plans to, hopefully, get good. Not to get ahead of myself–and not to guarantee this run will last any longer than the last ones–but I even have inklings of maybe a FIDE titled rank of some sort down the road. (That’s not a prediction, just a measure of current enthusiasm.)

You know, as I think about it, this wave probably sparked up as I listened to Tyler Cowen interview Garry Kasparov about his new book. They also chatted briefly at the end about the current chess scene.

I followed up on that, one thing led to another, and, well, I’m off to the races.

From → Chess

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