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    Is anyone on here good at chess? And how do you get better?

    I used to play with my grandad when I was a kid, I used to think he was a sort of Bonnyrigg grand master at it. When I beat him I celebrated like David Gray in 2016. Unfortunately as i got older, and proper chess players were handing my erse to me in 9 moves, i realised neither of us were up to much Ive been watching stuff online about various openings and so on,i like getting my knights into play and playing the 4 knights game or variations on that, but I think im just being let down by not paying attention. Or sheer stupidity.


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    I used to play regularly, when younger was in the school chess team (I know, I know 😁) and then into my early twenties I had a weekly chess night with one of my older friends who was a better player than I was and we had some cracking nights. I now havenít really played properly for twenty odd years, no one I know plays chess. I tried on a PC and online games but just couldnít get into that at all. I need the board and pieces in front of me to really enjoy it.

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    I used to play chess fairly often with both my mates and my family. None of us were particularly good or even all that interested - it was just something to do on rainy days.

    Seeing this thread has made me realise that we don't even have a chess set in the house. I don't think my 15 year old daughter would know where to start.

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    I much prefer playing on a proper board too. Im guessing most chess happens online and like everything else you just have to practice again and again to get good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    I much prefer playing on a proper board too. Im guessing most chess happens online and like everything else you just have to practice again and again to get good.
    Always a game I have fancied being g good at but my few attempts at picking up the game never ever came to anything.

    One thing online is good for though is tactics puzzles and the like...Iíve seen a few people say that these are the best way to improve your game.

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    I won a competition in primary school. I wasn't that good, just the least bad.

    Haven't played in years but this has inspired me to download a chess app. I'm sure there's an old board somewhere in the house as well.
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    I was good when I was young. Was able to memorize quite a few openings which helped me win a lot

    Forgot them all now though.

    Plenty free apps out there now.
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    Ive just signed up to chess.com (who knew the user name Bollah would be already taken?!) and just got told off by my opponent for being too slow and was disqualified for it

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    Tutorial on the Sicilian Defense now

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    Quote Originally Posted by hibsbollah View Post
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    Ive just signed up to chess.com (who knew the user name Bollah would be already taken?!) and just got told off by my opponent for being too slow and was disqualified for it
    Not really chess related but I once tried playing a word game online - similar to scrabble - and found that a lot of people couldn't take getting beat. At the first sign you were better than them they'd accuse you of cheating and quit the game. Their win loss record was obviously more important than just enjoying the game.

    I thought about this experience even before you posted in the back of someone indicating you couldn't beat playing with the board and pieces.

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    I played at school but was decidedly average. Couple of the guys I was at school with were excellent and the common factor was that they were maths wizards. The only people that ever beat them were themselves.

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    I played at school but was decidedly average. Couple of the guys I was at school with were excellent and the common factor was that they were maths wizards. The only people that ever beat them were themselves.
    I think being good at maths is an advantage in any game that involves a calculative strategy.

    A friend of a friend of mine has cashed over $5M playing poker. It started out as a hobby but he was pretty much unbeatable in a casual game. He won an EPT event, when he was a total unknown, and has won or cashed a fair few big events in the years since. Early on he used to sell 'shares' in himself to fund his buy ins. A few of us made a few quid but those days are long gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wilson View Post
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    Not really chess related but I once tried playing a word game online - similar to scrabble - and found that a lot of people couldn't take getting beat. At the first sign you were better than them they'd accuse you of cheating and quit the game. Their win loss record was obviously more important than just enjoying the game.

    I thought about this experience even before you posted in the back of someone indicating you couldn't beat playing with the board and pieces.
    I've had that too with a couple of different games - some people would just disappear as soon as you started beating them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pretty Boy View Post
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    I think being good at maths is an advantage in any game that involves a calculative strategy.

    A friend of a friend of mine has cashed over $5M playing poker. It started out as a hobby but he was pretty much unbeatable in a casual game. He won an EPT event, when he was a total unknown, and has won or cashed a fair few big events in the years since. Early on he used to sell 'shares' in himself to fund his buy ins. A few of us made a few quid but those days are long gone.
    Yeah, a guy I used to play rugby with is a financial advisor, so very much involved in figures, calculating risks etc and has made a fair few quid on poker. Won a competition here that then took him to Vegas where he didn't win but won a fair chunk of cash. Not in £m like your mate but definitely a good few thousands

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    Quote Originally Posted by weecounty hibby View Post
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    Yeah, a guy I used to play rugby with is a financial advisor, so very much involved in figures, calculating risks etc and has made a fair few quid on poker. Won a competition here that then took him to Vegas where he didn't win but won a fair chunk of cash. Not in £m like your mate but definitely a good few thousands
    A pal of mine (sadly no longer with us) was Scottish junior chess champion. He was a financial adviser and also a huge gambler - he had a brain like a computer for calculating odds, spreads, etc.

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    I was never really good at chess but enjoyed playing with other people. Whilst playing a computer is different it can also be beneficial if you have the games which allow you to go back a couple of moves and see where you went wrong, which for me was most of the time.

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    One of the disadvantages of playing against a computer is the you cannot get inside the mind of your opponent.

    To me, chess is partly a mind game to see where you can fool or trick your opponent into a mistake, or soft comfort.

    It is a battle and all is fair in love and war.

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    Played once for the school team, thought I was ok, beaten in 3 moves donít think Iíve played since.

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    I played a bit when I was younger. Played for a club and even had a pretty modest rating for a while. The trouble is to get better you can't just play a bit, you have to play a lot.

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    I used to play at Pentland Hills Chess Club in Roslin. Club night every week with regular competitions and lots of club members to learn from. I played for the third team in the league and you learn a lot from playing games. There are plenty of clubs around Edinburgh that would welcome new members

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyeSloan View Post
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    Always a game I have fancied being g good at but my few attempts at picking up the game never ever came to anything.

    One thing online is good for though is tactics puzzles and the like...Iíve seen a few people say that these are the best way to improve your game.
    Yeah, I would agree with this. I know how to play and my teenage son learned a few years ago. He plays me in person and others online all the time. He also plays the scenarios you get on chess.com etc, where you are landed in the middle of a situation, sometimes positive, sometimes negative. Fair to say he has learned loads and we have gone over the years from me winning the majority to now being lucky to scrape a win from time to time. Saying that, I donít practice. But I do whip him at Boggle
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    Played in school and ended up running the school team We all thought we were decent at school level until Mark Condie came up in first year and handed 12 of us our ***** in simultaneous games. Portobello HS might have won the Scottish Schools Championship with him on board but his dad made sure he played Rugby on Saturday mornings and arrived late in Glasgow, meaning we played wth one short and everyone playing up a level. Mark was at least an International Master probably Grand Master. Havent played a human at chess since the 1980s.

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