The View from 1000
... is Cloudy
I’ve always loved strategy games, and so I’ve especially always loved the idea of chess. When younger, I learned to move the pieces. And for a month or two at the beginning of my graduate school days, I let Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess teach me a bit more about chess. But graduate school quickly revealed that she wouldn't leave me much time to devote to learning the game, so that endeavor went quickly by the wayside. Two years ago, at the age of 48, I finally dove in. Or at least thought I did. Really, I was just reading some books, playing Daily (E-correspondence) games on Chess.com, and doing some tactics puzzles. Last May, I finally got the time and urge to play live, over-the-board games and, on the suggestion of two friends, joined our local Charlotte Chess Center and Scholastic Academy. Since then, the feeling has mostly been the good type of frustration ("Argg! I know better than that! Why am I still doing that?!"), but it's also been a revelation. I love the game more than I thought I would. I now wish I had taken the plunge a long time ago!
My learning plan has been to play mostly slow games (at least one slow game per week relying mainly on general opening and positional principles), review at least one slow game per week, do a lot of basic tactics puzzles, and read other "talkie" books that for whatever reason seemed interesting or necessary. My only two objectives have been to play 100 slow games and to take away from each what seems its two or three most important lessons. These two or three lessons for each game will be the focus of most of my posts. But I had also planned to do a more global review of my games once I had played roughly 35 games, which is the point I'm at now. (I'll do another more global review once I reach 70 games.) So this is my first global review. Those who are at higher levels--and even most who are not--may find it painful to read. :)
The themes of my first thirty-eight games are: blunders and foggy vision.