Chess is therapy for men

lenox

Caveman lenox
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Do you play chess?

Newly obsessed and play daily online at Chess.com. (Join me @Chesslenox)

I realize I'm drawn to it because it shows you who you really are.

You see who you are and can embrace it, change it, or ignore it.

Reminds me of all the things I've done to get similar insights (i.e. meditation, therapy, retreats, seclusion, etc.)

Anyway, you play chess? What do you like about it? Who do you study to improve your game?
 

wodonga

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Just sent a request to ya. From kestrel007

I love chess, and I love to get better at it. I used to be very good, and I used to teach it to young kids.
...but I have not played competitively for a long time.

For me, I like it because it makes me take a step back and see where I am going far too fast or being too much of a prideful bastard.
I get into it and I see where I get wrapped around the axle and caught up in validation.
I find it is one of the truest ways to test OI in the micro-second.
 

lenox

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Brilliant.

I noticed that earlier. Setup a game or a few for us and we'll jam.

Game on Brother!
 

lenox

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@lenox what do you suggest to learn chess?
Do you mean learn as in you're a beginner or develop advanced skillsets and win more?

For the former, I recommend:

1— I recommend Chess.com and their Youtube videos.

For example, this video series about 6 minutes per video, will level you up to the top 10% of all players (based on my experience)...

2— Read Simon and Schuster's Pocket Guide to chess... https://www.amazon.com/Simon-Schust...=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=0671679244

Reading this gives you the history and mentality of how to approach a game with tactics in mind and appreciate the strategies that often come into play.

3— Own a physical board, which is my next step once I move. I recommend theChessstore.com

For about $30 you can own a durable silicon board that you can travel with, plus weighted (and detailed) pieces. Makes a huge difference seeing the board setup in your house than taking it for granted as an app on your phone.

4— Play every day. Don't play blitz (timed-games). Instead focus on game where you can see and understand what pieces are doing.

5— Learn the board. Chess.com has visual tests you can practice to help you master the language of the board and how pieces move. Test daily. Knowing this will give you an advantage of the board.

6— Talk about it in this Forum with me and your Brothers.


I love this game like many men like golf. It's something you can never master and that you're always learning. If you're ever up for a game, find me as @Chesslenox on Chess.com
 

Stork

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Playing chess face to face with another person really is gratifying. And who doesn't like a challenge from time to time?
 
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