45 ( +1 | -1 ) that momenti am not a very good player,but i enjoy the game. actually i don't look foward to the careful openings, or the intense mind grind of the middle game. to mate your opponent is great of course,but the real reason i play is to get to THAT MOMENT. that moment is the point in some forty move struggle where at last you have gained the advantage.the upper hand..so to speak,where you know the game is yours!....why do you play?
129 ( +1 | -1 ) Initially I wanted to develop my "characters" by playing chess because I thought that chess games were the miniature of life, but with less risk (if none at all) than the real life. So it is the perfect system, as some other "prototypes" I have ever set for my "training".
Now I realize (I think, and I hope I'm right) why I have been better in doing some aspects in the real life when I actively played chess!
In chess, I was conditioned to be "output oriented". I didn't make a move because I thought I would get a queen in 3 moves. I made a move because I wanted to have even the slightest advantage in the longest move I could analyze or think of.
In chess, I set long term objectives and short term objectives and had a real but flexible plan how to achieve those objectives. And your long term objective is not a subjective thing! It is to win the game!
I know that I was so good in "politics", but why I couldn't implement it in my work nowadays? I think it is still that easy but why cannot I? After playing in GK for sometime, I have been able to do it again. And it is again: OUTPUT ORIENTED. It's not the process, it's the objective you set with flexible and innovative ways to achieve it. My brain is conditioned like in a chess game, always be aware in each move.
18 ( +1 | -1 ) I also want to train my brain. I'm getting old and I think I'm not as clever as I was. At least (this is for sure) I have worse memory, so I need this extra activity for my brain.