Lets go with the short version first and then if you wish to read the longer version of my chess journey you can. I am playing chess at the moment and am enjoying it, do you play? any hints or tips for a relative beginner? What openings do you play?
So I used to be really bad at chess, like very bad, I knew how to play and how to the pieces moved but I very rarely played and and when I did play I just moved and took pieces with no strategy or tactics. During the pandemic when I was working from home I had a thought that I should try and improve on something and people seemed to always think I should be good at tactical games like chess (not sure why, it might go along with that some people thinking I am smart [but that is also not really true, I think the glasses are just selling it a bit more that they should]) so I thought that could be something to work on. Now before anyone asks if the Queen’s Gambit got me to start trying chess the answer is no (though I did watch it a fair while after it came out and it’s good), I started at the end of last year before it came out, just to challenge myself and keep my brain ticking. I looked at some basic strategies and went for it and as I predicted I sucked, but I was enjoying it and stuck with it. I was playing 5 min per side (bullet) games but found them too short, so I switched to 10 min per side (rapid) games, this also started shaky but I found it much better, more time to think and calculate the best move, think some moves ahead and set up some tactics. Initially my rating rose but I got frustrated with it when my rating dipped back down and I got hit with sneaky checkmates and stuff I didn’t know how to counter after a few weeks and stopped playing. But I felt that was not good enough and after a few months off I went back to it again, this time playing Again I started from the bottom but am slowly getting there, I am still not great at the game but much better than where I was, I started at about 600 rating and am now over 1000 but I think I am hitting my limits without actually studying some more and am not sure I actually want to go down that road. I have a couple of openings under my belt though I am running the London at the moment if I am white and I see where the game takes me if I am black but usually I just run the standard defence if they open with kings pawn. So that’s ally I really have to say, let me know if you play chess, tell me how you are doing with it and hints or tips, any openings or defences you run etc.
Oh and here is my stats