Geonerd wrote:Used to play a lot... 20 years ago. Went to tournaments in LA, won the San Luis Obispo county championship one year, etc. My rating was in the low 2000s, an 'Expert,' and better than 96% of all players.
But... as a friend once observed, "Expert is the WORST rating! It means you've worked and studied significantly, but are still an utter patzer when compared to a world class player." He's right, my levels of strategic understanding, planning ability, and tactical awareness are pathetic. In any sort of 'serious' encounter, I would have as much chance of beating the world champion as a rank beginner - ZERO.
I still play on occasion, and enjoy reviewing interesting games, sometimes losing myself for several hours at a time.
uni-mitation wrote:I see this very unhelpful trend to memorize openings and win the game by having the best opening knowledge.
Krogoth wrote:Chess is more of a mind game than anything else. You have to read your opponent's move several turns ahead, while trapping them into your stratagem without them realizing it until it is too late. Memorizing opening moves is just for knowing what possible options that you have at your disposal.
Chess "AIs" use a brute force approach based on a complicated algorithm.
Jigar wrote:Agreed, also, i use to play chess regularly like 3 years ago, i haven't been able to dedicate any time after i shifted to new home. I also was regular on chess.com, don't know if my user name and password will work now.